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University Health Service

Services for Full-Time Students

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a full range of confidential, high quality primary health care, mental health, and health promotion services for full-time University of Rochester students. The Student Health Program covers visits to the University Health Service physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses and the University Counseling Center therapists through the mandatory health fee that all full-time students pay.

The UHS clinical staff includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. To provide students with a more personal and effective interaction, all students are assigned a primary care provider (PCP) at US when they begin studies at the University of Rochester. You are encouraged to schedule appointments with your PCP. Visits are scheduled by calling 585-275-2662.

Student Health Program

All full-time students participate in the Student Health Program, which includes:

  • Mandatory Health Fee: Covers visits with physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses at the University Health Service; evaluation, counseling and referral services with mental health professionals at the University Counseling Center; the availability of a physician and a mental health professional on-call when the offices are closed; health promotion programs and services; and public health surveillance.
  • UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna): Health insurance generally covers services such as surgical procedures, hospitalization, and diagnostic laboratory tests and X-rays. The specific benefits depend on your insurance plan. If you are on your own insurance plan, it is a good idea to verify your coverage with your insurance company before receiving services that are not covered by the mandatory health fee. You will be financially responsible for fees not covered by the mandatory health fee or your insurance plan. The uncovered charges will be placed on your UR student account.

Health Care Services for Students

UHS provides a full range of primary health care services, including the treatment of illnesses and injuries, women’s health care, management of ongoing medical problems, and advice and treatment for any health concern. Prevention of illness is a major focus of the care provided at UHS. During your visit to UHS, your primary care provider will help you learn to manage your health care needs.

The Student Health Program, which includes the mandatory health fee and the UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), covers many of the services listed below. If you are your own insurance plan, it is a good idea to verify your coverage with your insurance company before receiving services that are not covered by the mandatory health fee.

Allergy Injections

Students can arrange to receive their allergy injections at any UHS office. There is no charge for the administration of the allergy injection; however, there is a charge for the serum. If your health insurance doers not cover the cost of the serum, you will be financially responsible for these charges.

Counseling at the University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center  (UCC) provides comprehensive initial assessments, individualized treatment plans and support to put such a plan into action to all University of Rochester full-time students who pay the mandatory health fee. The individualized treatment plan may include referral to group therapy, workshops, assisted on-line therapy, or brief individual therapy. UCC therapists are licensed professionals and professionals-in-training from a variety of mental health disciplines.

Health Education and Health Promotion

The UHS Health Promotion Office inspires UR students to LIVE, GROW, THRIVE! Our team provides a variety of health education and wellness programs, with a focus on the topics most meaningful to students: alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, healthcare IQ, relationships and sex, physical activity, and mental wellness. We provide programs, campus-wide events, and information to help students make informed decisions about their personal health. Check Health Promotion or call 273-5775 for more information. Check Health Topics Resources for information about a wide variety of topics.

Immunizations/Vaccinations

Immunizations for travel and other vaccines, such as influenza (flu) vaccine, HPV vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, MMR, Tdap, and polio) are given at UHS. There is no charge for the administration of the vaccine; however, there is a charge for the vaccine. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) covers the cost of vaccines. Before receiving vaccines at UHS, we recommend you check with your insurance company to verify that your plan covers the cost of the vaccine when given by UHS. UHS holds Flu Vaccine Clinics and HPV Vaccine Clinics during the academic year. See Travel Care & Immunizations below for information about travel immunizations.

Laboratory Tests and X-Rays

Most laboratory tests are completed during a visit to UHS. Patients needing X-rays are referred to the Department of Radiology at Strong Memorial Hospital. These services are not covered by the mandatory health fee. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) provides coverage for diagnostic laboratory tests and x-rays. If your health insurance doers not cover these charges, you will be financially responsible.

Medical Procedures (i.e. EKG, Wart Removal, Ear/Pulse Oximertry, IUD placement)

Most medical procedures completed during a visit to UHS will be billed to insurance. The office visit for the procedure is covered by the mandatory health fee. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) provides coverage for medical procedures. If your health insurance does not cover the charge for the medical procedure, you will be financially responsible.

Medications

Several non-prescription and prescription medications prescribed by UHS providers are available for purchase through the dispensaries at UHS offices, often at a lower cost than at a local pharmacy. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) includes coverage for prescription medications. If your health insurance doers not cover these charges, you will be financially responsible.The prescription drug discount card plan offered by Monroe County at no cost may be of interest. The discount card cannot be used for purchasing medications at UHS.

Nutrition Services

UHS offers nutrition services with a registered dietitian at the UHS office on the River Campus. These services are not covered by the mandatory health fee. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) provides coverage for nutrition services through referrals to specialists. Specialist visits have a $25 co-payment at the time of visit. If your health insurance does not cover these charges, you will be financially responsible.

Physical Therapy

UHS offers physical therapy services at the UHS offices at the Eastman School of Music and on the River Campus. These services are not covered by the mandatory health fee. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) provides coverage for physical therapy with a $10 co-payment at the time of visit. If your health insurance doers not cover these charges, you will be financially responsible.

Primary Care Services

Primary care services include treatment for illnesses and injuries, management of ongoing medical problems, preventive health care and health education, women’s health care, and advice for health care concerns. The UHS clinical staff includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. Visits to UHS are confidential. All full-time students have a primary care provider (PCP) at UHS. You are encouraged to schedule appointments with your PCP whenever possible. Call 585-275-2662 to schedule an appointment.

Psychiatry Care

Visits with UHS psychiatrists for medication management are covered by the mandatory health fee. A referral from your primary care provider at the University Health Service or a therapist at the University Counseling Center is required before an appointment is scheduled with the psychiatrist. Call 585-275-2662 to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. To schedule an appointment with a therapist at the University Counseling Center, call 585-275-3113.

Referrals to Specialists

Students needing a referral to a specialist for a consultation will be referred to a specialist in the area by their UHS primary care provider. Visits to specialist are not covered by the mandatory health fee. Students enrolled on the UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) are required to have a referral from a UHS or UCC provider in advance of the specialist visit to assure coverage. Co-payments will apply. If your health insurance doers not cover these charges, you will be financially responsible.

Travel Care & Immunizations

Students planning to travel outside the United States can see their UHS primary care physician or nurse practitioner to review health risks, update immunizations, and plan for health care while abroad. An office visit should be scheduled at least 30 days in advance of travel to assure vaccine effectiveness and time to purchase any necessary supplies. This office visit is covered by the mandatory health fee. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) provides coverage for immunizations. If your health insurance doers not cover immunizations, you will be financially responsible. Before coming for your visit, check the Travelers’ Health page on the CDC website for information about immunizations required for the countries where you will be traveling.

Treatment for Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

The University Health Service provides services for health professional students who experience blood/body fluid exposures or needle sticks. Check Blood/Body Fluid Exposures for guidelines for health profession students for instructions for contacting UHS for assistance.