Health Services and Insurance
Health Services at Columbia provides integrated and accessible services and programs that support the well-being of the campus community and the personal and academic development of students. We offer a variety of programs and services specifically designed to meet students’ health needs. We are comprised of more than 100 individuals: medical providers, nutritionists, disability specialists, health educators, therapists, psychiatrists, peer counselors, student personnel, support staff, and administrative professionals. Our programs are arranged in five departments.
Primary Care Medical Services (PCMS) provides comprehensive care for routine, urgent, and chronic medical needs of students. We also provide sexual health, reproductive, and gynecological services, travel medicine, LGBTQ health care, confidential HIV testing, immunizations, and specialist referrals. Through our Open Communicator function, students can make appointments online and view their primary care provider information (bios and photos are available online). When Primary Care is closed, a clinician-on-call can provide telephone advice about urgent medical conditions. John Jay Hall, 3rd and 4th floors.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers short-term individual and couples counseling for students and their partners, student life support groups, medication consultation, training, and emergency consultation. Students are encouraged to make appointments and to select a CPS clinician (bios and photos are available online). When CPS is closed, a clinician-on-call can provide telephone advice about urgent mental health concerns. Alfred Lerner Hall, 8th floor.
Alice! Health Promotion Program seeks to help students achieve their personal and academic goals by disseminating useful, current health information in a straightforward and accessible manner, connecting students to appropriate resources, cultivating healthy attitudes and behaviors that encourage students to make informed decisions about their health, and fostering a culture that values and supports a healthy community. Alice! provides workshops and programs for students, and runs Go Ask Alice!, a health question-and answer Web site. Wien Hall, 1st floor.
Office of Disability Services (ODS) coordinates reasonable accommodations and support services for eligible students, including assistive technology, networking groups, academic skills workshops, and consultation with a learning specialist. Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services from ODS are required to register with the office and provide disability documentation before receiving services. Registration and documentation guidelines are available online. Alfred Lerner Hall, 7th floor.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program (SVPRP) provides comprehensive and integrated education, support, and advocacy about sexual and relationship violence. Through innovative programming and community collaboration, SVPRP empowers students to heal from sexual violence, make informed decisions, and take action to end sexual and relationship violence. Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 301.
All Health Services programs adhere to strict standards of confidentiality in compliance with state and federal laws.
Contact Health Services at Columbia
On-Campus Emergency Resources
CAVA (Ambulance): 212-854-5555
Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center: 212-854-HELP, 212-854-WALK
Public Safety: 212-854-5555
Off-Campus Emergency Resources
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
Emergency Room 212-523-3335
Psychiatric Emergency 212-523-3347
Your Health at Columbia
Columbia students have access to comprehensive health care through a network of on- and off-campus services. On-campus medical and counseling appointments are covered through the Health Service Program. Off-campus medical services, such as emergency room visits or prescriptions, are covered through a student’s insurance plan. Columbia requires all full-time and residential students to enroll in both the Health Service Program and an acceptable insurance plan. To meet the insurance requirement, students may enroll in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan or provide proof of comparable insurance coverage.
Health Service Program covers on-campus services, including routine and urgent medical appointments, short-term mental health counseling, disability services, educational programs, and sexual violence services. The Health Service Program also provides supplemental coverage for emergency health care, outpatient chemical dependency treatment, and outpatient mental health care. The Health Service Program is mandatory for all full-time students, and the fee will automatically appear on students’ E-bill. Students pay no additional charge for accessing on-campus services.
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan covers off-campus medical services. The plan has two levels: Comprehensive and Basic. All full-time students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Basic insurance plan, but may upgrade to the Comprehensive plan online. Students may submit a request to waive the insurance requirement online by providing proof of comparable insurance coverage (alternate plans must meet Columbia’s criteria for comparable coverage, available online). The Columbia Plan includes local, national, and worldwide health coverage, and discounts on dental and vision care.
Part-time students are encouraged to enroll in the Columbia Plan. Enrolling in the Columbia Plan will automatically enroll students in the Health Service Program, as the two plans are meant to work together to provide comprehensive medical care.
Immunization Requirements All students must fulfill two New York State public health immunization requirements before registering for classes. Students must document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and make an informed decision about receiving the meningitis vaccine. The Columbia MMR documentation form is available online—complete the form, then mail, fax, or bring it to the Immunization Office. Students record their meningitis decision online. Directions for completing each requirement are available at our Web site.