Student Health & Wellness

SOPM Student

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling services for UTRGV SOPM students to address mental health concerns and seeks to promote personal growth and well-being among our campus community through education and outreach activities. Such activities and services offered are:  

  • Vaqueros Crisis Line - Group Counseling  
  • Collegiate Recovery Program - BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students)  
  • CASICS (Cannabis Screening & Intervention for College Students)
  • My Student Support Program (for students out of state)  
  • Groups - Various Therapy and Support Groups held each semester  
  • Body Project – to build a sense of positivity regarding one’s body  
  • Brief Supportive Counseling (short-term counseling)  
  • Individual Counseling - Couple’s Counseling  

Edinburg - EUCTR 109 | 956-665-2574

Brownsville - BSTUN 2.10 | 956-882-3897  

You can also email us with any questions or concerns or to get the process started in making an appointment: 

UTRGV Student Health

The main goal at UT Health RGV Student Health is to meet your health care needs so that you can focus and achieve your academic goals. Office visits are free of charge, and we provide the same types of services as your family doctor and much more.  

General Medicine: Students with common medical problems are diagnosed and treated on a walk-in basis, however, appointments are necessary for students requesting elective procedures. Referrals to outside providers are made when necessary.  

Physical Exams: UTRGV students requiring a physical exam prior to admittance to a school program can have a physical exam done at SHS for a nominal fee. Call HS to schedule an appointment.  

Pharmacy: A fully licensed Class D Pharmacy is conveniently available. The pharmacy carries both prescription and over-the-counter medications. The costs of medications are greatly reduced compared to retail prices.  

Laboratory: A full-service, economical lab is equipped to do routine procedures as well as specimen collections for more sophisticated procedures that must be sent to a reference lab for testing.  

Immunization: MMR, TD, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Meningitis, and flu vaccines are available. TB skin testing is also offered.  

Women Wellness Clinics: These services include PAP smears, family planning education and counseling, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, and other women's health issues.  

Other Services: Health Education resources, nutritional counseling, vision screenings, weight and blood pressure screenings are also available.  

UT Health RGV Student Health (Edinburg) 613 North Sugar Road Edinburg, Texas 78539 Phone: (956) 665-2511  

UT Health RGV Student Health (Brownsville) Cortez Hall, Suite 237 Brownsville, Texas 78520 Phone: (956) 882-3896  

24 Hour Nurse Advice Line (855) 810-4457  


Health Insurance 

All podiatric medicine students are required to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for each academic year to satisfy the University policy of maintaining acceptable health insurance coverage. Students holding comparable coverage may be eligible to waive enrollment in the SHIP. 

The waiver process must be completed each year by the waiver deadline. Students who do not submit a waiver request or whose waiver submission is not approved will be automatically enrolled for the SHIP and the cost of the insurance coverage will be added to their student account. The cost of the SHIP for the 2022-2023 academic year is $3,032. For more information about the waiver, please visit: The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley School of Podiatric Medicine | Waiver (

Student Disability Insurance 

While UTRGV School of Podiatric Medicine does not require students to have long-term disability insurance, it is recommended.