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To learn about important health and wellness information, including how to submit your immunization record, health insurance options, and resources that the university can provide for you, read the information below from UHS.
Top Ten Things U-M Students Need to Know
about Getting Health Care at UHS
On this page:
- Submitting health information
- Health care at the university
- Health examination, immunizations, and health history
- Health insurance
- More information on well-being
- Contact us
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UHS student health information form - All new students (or their parent/guardian) should complete this form, which includes sharing insurance information and sets up a patient portal.
Immunization records – All new students (or their parent/guardian) should submit their immunization records, which may be used to provide health care for students. Students in Michigan Housing are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and other immunizations under the university's vaccination policy. See the university's Health Response site for more information.
- Parent / Guardian Consent for a Minor to Receive Health Care Services – Only for students under age 18; a parent or guardian should complete this form.
*Or at least one month before classes begin if enrolling in the spring, summer, or fall terms.
Health care at the university
University Health Service (UHS) can provide most of your health care while you are a student at the university. Appointments are required for clinic visits, and in-person and telehealth options are available.
Most currently enrolled U-M students (Ann Arbor campus) pay a mandatory health service fee, included as part of tuition, that funds clinical services at UHS and well-being services to improve campus health and wellness.
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 for UHS in your phone: 734-764-8320
Health examination, immunizations, and health history
U-M students living in Michigan Housing on the Ann Arbor campus are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and childhood immunizations under the university's vaccination policy. See the university's Health Response site for more information.
You may arrange for a physical exam with your home health care provider (recommended but not required). At that visit, you can update immunizations.
Even if you are not living on campus, we encourage you to be fully immunized. Immunizations are recommended to protect your health and the health of others.
See recommendations at Immunization Records and in particular note that:
- If possible, get a flu shot before coming to campus
- 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, ideally before classes begin. 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 health care provider summarizing your health history and treatments
- Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician early in your first term and deliver the letter at that first visit (do not send it in advance)
- See also Resources for Students with Chronic Health Conditions
Students should have health insurance to cover:
- Services received at UHS that are not covered by the health service fee (e.g. medication, testing, immunizations)
- Services received outside UHS (e.g. emergency room visits, hospitalization)
If you need health insurance, consider purchasing the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan, a low-cost voluntary plan for U-M students that is offered through the university. (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. Carry your insurance and prescription drug cards with you (or a photo of your cards, or electronic access to your insurance information).
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.
If you take prescription medication:
- Please arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications. Keep all medications in original containers.
- You may be able to transfer prescriptions from your home pharmacy to a pharmacy in Ann Arbor, such as the UHS Pharmacy.
- UHS may be an option for renewing prescriptions. See How to Get Prescription Medications. If you take medications for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learn about how we work with students on our ADHD page.
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.
U-M offers a wide variety of Well-being Resources, which are searchable on Well-being for U-M Students. If you would like help learning about campus resources for well-being, please contact Wolverine Wellness at UHS, phone 734-763-1320, or email ContactUHS@med.umich.edu.
If you are currently receiving mental health care, or are interested in doing so, please:
- Visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in Ann Arbor
- Learn about Mental Health Services at UHS
- See CampusMindworks, a U-M website and program that supports students with mental health disorders
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 the program.
Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. 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 tobacco-free campus, and students, faculty, and staff can get support for quitting. Learn more at Tobacco-Free University Initiative.
We recommend that you bring a Health Care Kit with you to campus, or purchase supplies when you arrive.
- Call 734-764-8320
- Email ContactUHS@med.umich.edu