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

Forms to be completed:

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 services are available by appointment, although help for urgent problems is available, and you can call UHS day or night for medical advice. To learn more about health care on campus, see the Guide to Health Care (PDF).  

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

Immunizations, health examination and health history:

To help you stay healthy at school, all your immunizations should be current. 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 in UHS Allergy, Immunization and Travel Health Clinic for a fee, which may be covered by your health insurance.

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.

Be sure you know your health history, medication allergies and current medications.

If you have a complex health history:

  • Ask your health care provider to give you a letter summarizing your health history and treatments
  • Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician early in your first term and hand-carry the letter (do not send it in advance) to that first visit
  • 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 or enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  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. 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. And carry your insurance and prescription drug cards with you.


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

You can 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, plan ahead. Students on stable regimens may renew prescriptions by visiting a UHS physician. Bring this documentation to the first visit:

  1. Testing for and diagnosis of ADHD and
  2. Current management plans for 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 a supply of antigen from your home allergist in order to continue shots at UHS. UHS must review and approve all treatment programs.See Allergy Services 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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December, 2017 Newsletter