Health & Wellness

Student Health Service (SHS) 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.

Interim Director: Melanie Bernitz, M.D.
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 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We offer the following additional easily accessible, on-campus services: Student Mental HealthCenter for Student WellnessAI:MS Addiction Illness: Medical Solutions, and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program

Students also have access to Columbia University's OMBUDS office. In addition, P&S supports an overall healthy lifestyle with extensive recreation and athletic facilities available for its community. 

Medical Services
SHS physicians, physician assistants, 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 Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan administered by Aetna Student Health, SHS is your gateway to the Aetna provider network. For further information on the 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.
  • A PPD skin test for tuberculosis or a QuantiFERON Gold blood test for tuberculosis within the past six (6) months. A chest x-ray is required if the PPD or QuantiFERON Gold is positive. BCG is not a contra indication to placing a PPD.
  • 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!