Health & Wellness

Student Health Service (SHS)

The Student Health Service at Columbia University Medical Center is committed to advancing the health of each student and to promoting a healthy campus community through its goals of caring, healing, and educating. We provide a full range of primary care, mental health, and health promotion services, which focus on student needs, both personal and as future clinicians. We seek to deliver care that is compassionate, informed, confidential, and cost-effective.

Executive Director: Melanie Bernitz, M.D., M.P.H.
Location:   60 Haven Avenue, Tower 1, Ground Floor - Clinical Services; 3E - Administrative Offices
Phone:   (212) 305-3400
Emergencies:   (212) 305-3400, X7
Fax:   (212) 342-3955
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We offer the following additional easily accessible, on-campus services:

Students also have access to Columbia University's OMBUDS office.

P&S supports an overall healthy lifestyle with extensive recreation and athletic facilities available for its community. Students are encouraged to participate in special events and wellness talks. View a special lecture on physician burnout, stress & mindulness presented by Lotte Dyrbye M.D., M.H.P.E. .

Medical Services

SHS physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide a full range of primary care medical services; occupational exposure evaluation and treatment; women's, men's, and trans health services; travel consultation; nutrition and acupuncture; referral to specialists; and ancillary services, including on-site laboratory service in affiliation with our reference laboratory. All care within the Student Health Service is completely confidential.

If you are also enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan administered by Aetna Student Health, SHS is your gateway to the Aetna provider network. For further information on the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, visit or the insurance page of the Student Health Service website.

Except as required by law, no information is released outside the Student Health Services without your written consent.

Location:  60 Haven Avenue, Lobby Floor
Phone:  (212) 305-3400


SHS administers the public health screening and immunizations required by Columbia University Medical Center. The following are required before you will be allowed to register or attend classes:

  • Positive titers indicating immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. If any of these titers are negative or equivocal, another immunization with MMR is required.
  • Immunity to varicella. If you have had chickenpox, a positive titer is required. If the titer is negative, varicella vaccine should be given. If you have not had chickenpox, two varicella immunizations at least one month apart are required.
  • Record of three (3) Hepatitis B immunizations and a post-immunization titer indicating immunity.
  • If the Hepatitis B post-immunization titer is not positive, Hepatitis B Surface antigen is required. If this titer is negative, a fourth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine should be given.
  • Tetanus: One time adult dose of Tdap (Tetanus/diptheria/acellular pertussis) required, with Td (Tetanus/diptheria) boosters every 10 years thereafter.
  • Polio: Date of most recent IPV (killed) or OPV (live) polio vaccine.
  • Tuberculosis Screening (within 6 months of deadline date): Two-step PPD skin tests (administered 9-31 days apart) or QuantiFERON Gold test or T-Spot test.  If positive, submit chest x-ray report.
  • Hepatitis C: Hepatitis C antibody within 6 months of program start date.  If hepatitis C antibody is positive, a quantitative hepatitis C RNA test is required.  
  • A History and Physical completed within the past twelve (12) months.
  • A signed Receipt of Information regarding meningococcal vaccine is required.

Laboratory reports are required for all titers, antigens, and x-rays.

Phone: (212) 305-3400

Student Participation
We actively seek your feedback and suggestions for all aspects of SHS. Please give us your ideas - either through your Student Health Advisory Committee representative, through the suggestion box in the SHS waiting room, via the feedback form on the website, or by email or telephone to the Director.

To download forms or for further information, visit our website  or call us at (212) 305-3400. We look forward to collaborating with you to maximize your health!