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Health and Safety

Health & Wellness Resources

College gives your son or daughter the opportunity to take responsibility for his or her own health concerns. The University of Michigan provides many services to help your son or daughter stay healthy, both physically and mentally.

The University Health Service (UHS) is the student health center on campus, and it provides comprehensive outpatient medical services to all students with little or no out-of-pocket expenses. Many parents have questions about healthcare services and insurance coverage for their students while they are at the University of Michigan. UHS offers a website that specifically addresses parent questions.

Unlike many other healthcare institutions, students with managed care insurance are not required to obtain prior authorization from their primary care physician before seeking care at UHS. However, students should know their insurance information, as well as their medical history and health status. These are important steps as students start to take responsibility for their own healthcare.

UHS services are funded primarily through a health service fee included in tuition each semester. Most services provided at UHS that are not covered by a student’s private health insurance will be covered by the health service fee. Students are responsible for any costs incurred for the medical care they receive outside UHS, including the University of Michigan Health System. Dental services are not covered under the health service fee, but they are available through the Michigan Dental School at reduced rates.

While students are encouraged to get coverage under a private health insurance plan, this is not a requirement to receive care at UHS. Private health insurance is recommended in order to receive care outside the Health Service (e.g., emergency room visits, hospitalizations), and when appropriate, for certain procedures and diagnostic tests performed at UHS. Students will not be directly charged for most services received at UHS. Those services and products for which additional fees do apply include pharmaceuticals, optical care, eye wear, contact lenses, orthopedic devices, certain immunizations, and dental services. We encourage domestic students who do not have health insurance to consider enrolling in the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan, sponsored by the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Michigan Student Assembly. International students are required to have health insurance that meets the University's standards.

Please note: Beginning Fall 2006, certain entering international students must be screened for tuberculosis. Screening will be offered free on campus. See the UHS TB screening page or send an email to for more information.


Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides services to students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments. SSD also serves students with chronic health problems or psychological disabilities. SSD can help facilitate services such as accessible campus transportation, adaptive technology, sign language and oral interpreting, readers and other volunteers, guidance for course accommodations, and requests to modify degree requirements. All services are free of charge.


Dental services are also available on campus through the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry students and faculty offer a wide variety of services for students. For more information call (734) 763-6933 or visit  Students who have a history of regularly seeing a dentist at home can schedule an examination, x-rays and teeth cleaning in the Checkup Clinic. 


If your student needs assistance during any critical incident, the Dean of Students Office can provide support and coordinate University assistance to meet your student's needs. A critical incident consists of any student emergency outside of the academic setting, including mental or medical health issues, death or serious illness in the family, auto accident, fire, and natural disasters.