Welcome to the University of Michigan!
The university supports students' well-being. This page provides important information about health and wellness for new students from University Health Service.
On this page:
- Submit this information
- Health care at the university
- Health examination, immunizations and health history
- Health insurance
- More information for well-being
- Contact us
- Immunization Records -- All new students (or their parent/guardian) should submit their immunization records, which may be used to provide health care for students
- 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
University Health Service (UHS) can provide most of your health care while you are at the university.
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 in your phone: (734) 764-8320 = UHS
You may arrange for a physical exam with your home health care provider (recommended by not required). At that visit, you can update immunizations.
Immunizations are recommended to protect your health and the health of others, but they are not required by the university. We encourage you to come to college fully immunized. See recommendations at Immunization Records and in particular note:
- Meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal illness that immunization can help prevent
- The US is experiencing multiple measles outbreaks (links to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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 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. And 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 to bring to school. Keep all medications in original containers.
- You may be able to transfer prescriptions from your home pharmacy to a local pharmacy in Ann Arbor, or to the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387).
- If you have a prescription from a home pharmacy, you may be able to transfer your prescription 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 prescriptions at 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 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 now 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@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 (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, or purchase supplies when you arrive.
- Call (734) 764-8320
- Email ContactUHS@umich.edu