University Health Service

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Welcome to the University of Michigan -- This page provides important health information for new Wolverines!

On this page:

New INTERNATIONAL students: Read this page


Complete and submit these forms:

You are expected to complete and submit the following forms, preferably at least 30 days before classes begin:


Health care on campus: 

University Health Service (UHS) can provide most of your health care while you are at the university. Students pay a health service fee (included as part of tuition) that covers many services. For who and what is covered, see Free or Fees for Students

UHS provides services for non-urgent and urgent health care concerns. Language interpretation is available. To learn more about health care on campus, see How to Get Health Care

For easy access, please put this number in your phone: (734) 764-8320 = UHS


Health exam, immunizations and health history:

You may arrange for a physical exam with your home health care provider (recommended by not required). At that visit, you can update immunizations e.g. meningitis, HPV, flu and more.

Immunizations are recommended to protect your health and the health of others. We encourage you to come to college fully immunized. See recommendations at Immunization Records and in particlar, note that meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal illness that immunization can help prevent. 

If you are unsure of your immunization status, please check with your health care provider before coming to campus. You can also get immunizations at UHS for a fee, which may be covered by your health insurance.

Be sure you know your health history, including current medications and any allergies to medications, foods, etc.

If you have a complex health history:

  • Obtain a letter from your physician summarizing your health history and treatments
  • Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician early in your first term and deliver the letter to that first visit (do not send it in advance)
  • See also Resources for Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Health insurance: 

All students should have health insurance. 

If you need health insurance, consider purchasing the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan, a low-cost plan with comprehensive benefits offered through the university, specifically for U-M students. (International students who are required to have health insurance will get it when they arrive through the U-M International Center Health Insurance Office.)

Become familiar with how your health insurance works and how to use it. And carry your insurance and prescription drug cards with you.

Inform your health insurance company that you will be at college and ask about your coverage in the Ann Arbor area. Ask whether your plan has network providers here. Consider requesting an "out-of-area waiver" for your time at university.


Prescriptions:

Arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school. Keep all medications in original containers. 

Contact the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387) regarding transferring prescriptions, if desired. We want to be your pharmacy of choice.

If you take medications for ADHD, learn how to get prescriptions at UHS on the ADHD webpage

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a copy of your current prescription, in case replacement is needed. You can get eye exams, contact lenses and glasses on campus at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.

If you take allergy shots and want to continue shots at UHS, arrange a supply of antigen from your home allergist for delivery. UHS reviews and approves all treatment programs.See Allergy Shots or call 734-764-8320.


More information:

U-M offers a wide variety of Well-being Services.

If you are currently receiving mental health care, or are interested in doing so, we encourage you to visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in Ann Arbor. See also CampusMindworks,  a U-M website that supports students with mental health disorders. You may want to read Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College from the Wall Street Journal.

The Collegiate Recovery Program provides a supportive community where students in recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs. If you are a student in recovery or are curious about recovery, please contact us.

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (734-763-3000). Students wishing to receive services must register with this office. Disabilities may include chronic health or mental health conditions, learning disorders as well as visual, hearing and mobility impairments.

U-M is a smoke-free campus, and students, faculty and staff can get support for quitting. Learn more at Smoke-Free University Initative.

We recommend that you bring a Health Care Kit with you to campus. 


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June, 2018 Newsletter