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Department of Student Health



Student Health provides outpatient care in general medicine, gynecology, and counseling and psychological services to enrolled students. Confidentiality is strictly observed consistent with applicable law. When necessary, students are referred for specialty services and hospitalization. Through its Office of Health Promotion, the professional staff and Peer Health Educators of Student Health provide education and support programs within the center and on Grounds.

Eligibility and Costs All students who pay the UVa. comprehensive fee along with tuition are eligible for services at Student Health. Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Education or students who pay a reduced fee to maintain “non-resident” status are NOT eligible. The comprehensive fee covers the costs of professional services described below. There are fees charged for lab tests, medications, and some medical supplies and equipment. Call 243-2794

Hours of Operation Student Health is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon on Saturday. Hours vary during breaks and summer session. Clinicians are seen by appointment. When Student Health is closed, telephone consultation is available for urgent advice and health questions (call 972-7004). The University of Virginia Hospital Emergency Room will provide emergency treatment.

General Medicine The clinical care staff in General Medicine provides primary care services to students for a wide range of medical problems. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of illness, health education and disease prevention are emphasized. Students are seen by appointment (call 982-3915), and acute care is available without an appointment for students with urgent medical problems. Students are urged to make appointments to avoid long waits.

Gynecology The clinical staff provides comprehensive preventive and problem-oriented primary care gynecology services to students. Referrals are made within Student Health for non-gynecologic problems detected during the visit or to providers outside of Student Health if the need for consultation or specialized care is indicated. Appointments can be made by calling 924-2773. Education and outreach activities are conducted by the Gynecology and Health Promotion staff and through the Peer Health Education Program.

Harrison Bowne "Tersh" Smith, Jr. Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) The center provides a broad and comprehensive range of psychological services: psychological and psychiatric assessment, referral, individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric medication consultation, 24-hour on-call crisis consultation, emergency walk-in and crisis intervention, and consultation to administrators, faculty, students, families, and allied professionals. A substance abuse clinician provides consultation and referral to students concerned about their use of alcohol and other drugs. CAPS provides suicide prevention programming and outreach to numerous faculty and student organizations. For an appointment, call the center from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at 924-5556. For an after-hours emergency, call 972-7004.

As with all other clinical services at Student Health, CAPS abides by laws regulating confidentiality.

Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) The LNEC mediates provides academic accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities including reading services, word processing and written language assistance, interpreters, and note taking assistance, and serves as liaison with standardized test bureaus, Recording for the Blind, and agencies for specific disabilities or rehabilitation. Students with disabilities should be prepared to submit appropriate documentation in support of a request for accommodations. The LNEC also offers limited screening services to identify and address academic problems of matriculated students. Brief individual and/or group study skills assistance is available each term. Please call 243-5180.

Health Promotion The Office of Health Promotion staff works in partnership with students, helping them learn the skills and knowledge required to achieve optimal health. Through direct services, collaboration, and public relations connections, the Office of Health Promotion works toward building and supporting a healthier university community. Services include: health consulting, research and social marketing, academic and other courses, patient education, outreach, data collection and special events. Students seeking in depth nutritional counseling can obtain these services in the community. A list of qualified nutritionists may be obtained from our office. All services are provided by health education and nutrition faculty as well as Peer Health Educators and interns (specially trained students). For information or appointments, call 924-1509.

Exclusions Student Health provides professional services only. Lab tests, prescriptions, medical supplies, and all services outside of Student Health are not paid for by the University. A student’s health insurance is always billed first for services provided outside of Student Health. The student is responsible for charges not covered by insurance.

Students in Continuing Education pay no health fees and are not eligible for Student Health services.




  1. Pre-entrance Health Record: All students admitted to the University must submit a pre-entrance health record including a record of immunizations before they register for their first semester. The University sends the form to students after they have accepted an offer of admission. The form is also online at
  2. Health Insurance: The University requires all students to have health insurance to pay the cost of hospitalization, outpatient specialty care, and outpatient diagnostic tests and procedures. Students may enroll either in the health insurance plan endorsed by the University of Virginia or in aplan that is comparable. The University-endorsed insurance carrier will send information concerning its plan during the summer to all students entering or returning to the University in the fall. Students entering the University at other times should contact Student Health directly for enrollment information at (434)243-2702.
  3. Failure to comply with immunization or insurance requirements results in blocked registration until verification is provided call (434) 924-1525.
  4. Medical Withdrawal/Readmission: Student Health must review requests for readmission by students who originally withdrew for health reasons. If a family or personal physician was involved in the withdrawal and recommendation to resume studies, a letter in this regard should be sent to Student Health, Division of General Medicine, Gynecology, or CAPS as appropriate.

Anyone with questions relating to the health of students should write to the Director, Department of Student Health, 400 Brandon Ave., Box 800760, Charlottesville, VA 22908.


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