For all students: Find out why UHS is one of your best campus resources at:
Need to visit UHS? See:
Especially for new students (on this page):
- Immunizations, health examination and health history
- Health insurance and Tuition Refund Plan
- Mental health
- Assemble a health care kit
You are expected to complete and return the following forms at least 30 days before classes start (use free Adobe Acrobat Reader for these PDF files):
- UHS Immunization Form (for all new students; should be completed by a health care provider)
- Consent to Treatment of a Minor Form (only for students under the age of 18, and your parent or guardian must complete this form)
To help you stay healthy at school, all your immunizations should be current. See Immunization Information. UHS also provides immunizations for a fee.
Be aware that certain incoming international student must be screened for tuberculosis, which is done free on campus. See International Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening.
A physical exam is not required by U-M, however athletic teams and clubs may have different requirements. Check with the team or club to be sure.
If you have a complex health history:
- Ask your clinician to provide a letter summarizing your health history and treatments
- Know your current medications
- Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician in early fall and hand-carry the letter (do not send it in advance) to that first visit
- See also Resources for Students with Chronic Illness
Students should have health insurance.
Know how health care works on campus: UHS provides most services at low or no cost. Payment for health care outside UHS (including the emergency room) is your responsibility, which is the reason you should have health insurance.
If you need health insurance, U-M offers a Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan. 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. Check with your insurance company about your coverage in the Ann Arbor area and whether your plan has network providers here.
Carry your insurance and prescription drug cards with you.
Consider purchasing the Tuition Refund Plan, which significantly reduces financial loss if you are unable to complete a term due to illness (physical or psychological).
If you are currently receiving mental health care, or are interested in doing so, we encourage you to visit the MiTalk website to learn about campus and community services.
See also CampusMindworks, a U-M website that supports students with mental health disorders.
For info about getting a prescription for ADD/ADHD medication, read Prescriptions below.
Students with disabilities needing 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.
Arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school.
Contact the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387) regarding transferring prescriptions. We want to be your pharmacy of choice.
If you take ADD/ADHD medications, plan ahead. Students on stable regimens may renew prescriptions by visiting a UHS physician. Bring the following to the first visit:
- Documentation of diagnosis of ADD/ADHD
- Documentation of current management plans for ADD/ADHD
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 at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.
If you take allergy shots, arrange to bring antigen and continue shots at UHS. The UHS allergist reviews and approves all treatment programs. If you want to start treatment, schedule an appointment for evaluation by the allergist. UHS can prepare antigens for a fee. For more information, see Allergy, Immunization and Travel Health Clinic or call 734-764-8325.
Bring a kit when you come to school. Many medications are available generically. Ask a pharmacist for recommendations. Suggestions include:
|Ace bandage for sprains||Pain / fever reliever e.g. Acetaminophen|
|Adhesive bandages, tape||Antibacterial hand sanitizer e.g. Purell|
|Cotton swabs||Anti-inflammatory e.g. ibuprofen|
|Heating pad||Antibiotic cream or ointment e.g. Bacitracin|
|Ice pack||Anti-diarrheal e.g. Imodium or Pepto Bismol|
|Scissors||Antihistamine for itching and allergies e.g. Chlortrimeton|
|Sterile gauze pads||Calamine lotion for relief of itching|
|Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)||Decongestant e.g. Sudafed or phenylephrine|
|Thermometer||Heartburn prevention / treatment e.g. Tums or Pepcid AC|
|Tweezers||*The UHS Pharmacy carries most of these items. Many medications are available generically. Ask a pharmacist for recommendations.|