Health Education Center

, University of Texas Medical Branch

Galveston, TX


The Health Education Center (HEC) at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) consists of 160,000 GSF of resilient and advanced technology education space.

The HEC promotes inter-professional education in all UTMB schools, which include nursing, health professions and medicine, along with professional education for residents, nurses, physicians and staff.

The facility is the home of a new centralized Simulation Center for the UTMB campus. It features flexible and specialized labs, including an OR/ICU Suite, a Standardized Patient Suite and flexible simulation labs for the UTMB health education community.

The large learning labs accommodate a range of simulation technology and is specifically sized to bring interdisciplinary teams together. The labs were designed to integrate simulation spaces and debrief spaces to create an immersive experience for students.

The Health Education Center includes large flat-floor classrooms to enable “flipped classroom” pedagogy, study spaces, educational offices and administrative space. All of this helps UTMB manage the growth of its health education programs and increase in exposure to hands-on simulation.

Building Facts

  • 162,000 GSF
  • Simulated OR, ICU, and Acute Care
  • Standardized Patient Suite
  • Flexible Skills Lab
  • Team-based Learning Studios
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Health Professions