The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is a biomedical academic institution located within the Texas Medical Center in Houston. One of the largest medical facilities of its kind in the world, the Texas Medical Center consists of forty-one academic/research institutes and hospitals, providing unsurpassed opportunities to conduct basic, applied, and clinical research.
The UT Health Science Center is a major part of the Texas Medical Center consisting of six components: the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Medical School, the School of Dentistry, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Biomedical Informatics. Although the Neuroscience Graduate Program is primarily housed in The UT Health Science Center, interinstitutional activities are encouraged with other Texas Medical Center academic institutions. These include the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology – Texas A&M University,Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University.
The Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library is the central library supported by a consortium of over twenty institutions. Its size ranks in the top ten percent of medical school libraries in the United States, housing over 200,000 monographs and journal volumes with over 3,200 current journal subscriptions and 3,600 audiovisual aids. Graduate students and other trainees have borrowing privileges at this library and a variety of specialized libraries within the Texas Medical Center and other nearby institutions.
Extensive computer facilities are available within the Texas Medical Center. Students and trainees have access to mainframe computers on campus and to the University of Texas super computers in Austin. In addition, access is provided to a broad array of information and services on the Internet through local computer connections in individual laboratories. The Information Technology Department (MSIT) maintains and upgrades the local area network and provides support for network users.
Student and trainee services are also available as part of The UT Health Science Center. An attractive housing complex featuring 1-3 bedroom apartments and a day-care facility are located near the Texas Medical Center. Two well-equipped recreation facilities are also available, boasting two swimming pools, softball diamonds, tennis, basketball, squash and racquetball courts, and the latest in exercise equipment.