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Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) is dedicated to meeting students’ health care needs and being their medical home away from home. The SHC is located at 750 5th Avenue East, adjacent to the University Recreation tennis courts. Crimson Ride blue, blue express, and green routes have stops at the SHC. Their current provider staff represents over 450 years combined experience in health care and offers:

  1. Walk-In Care
  2. Urgent Care
  3. Women’s Health Services
  4. Allergy and Immunization Services
  5. Foreign Travel Consultation
  6. Medical Nutrition Services
  7. ADD/ADHD Medication Management
  8. Psychiatric Services
  9. Substance Abuse Services
  10. Referral Services

The SHC is physically connected to the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Branch and the University Medical Center. With this association, the SHC has access to multi-specialty practice consultation and referral. Both facilities share an in-house state-of-the-art digital x-ray and laboratory services. Days and hours of operation are posted on the SHC website located at www.shc.ua.edu or by calling 205-348-6262.

Eligibility for SHC Services

All students attending UA full time are eligible for services and must present a valid Action card, insurance card, and pharmacy insurance card (if different) when requesting services. Students not enrolled full-time may be required to pay a fee at Student Receivables prior to being eligible for services. Eligibility for service is terminated upon graduation or withdrawal from the University.

Required Immunizations for UA

All students, regardless of class standing, are required to show proof of the following, prior to attending classes:

  1. Proof of meningitis (MCV4) vaccination (Menactra or Menveo) within the last 5 years.
  2. If born after 1956, proof of two measles-containing vaccinations. One of these vaccines must be a MMR vaccination after 1980.
  3. Proof of tuberculosis (TB) skin test within the last year. If skin test is positive, the student must submit either results of a T-Spot blood test or chest X-Ray report from a physician stating no signs of tuberculosis. International students may wait and have follow up testing done upon arrival to campus.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in an Immunization Hold being placed on a student’s account barring him/her from future registration and add/drop until such time as the requirement is met.

Immunizations and TB testing should be documented by the incoming student’s health care provider on the required form available for download at the student’s myBama account site. The form is due for fall semester entry on August 1st. Forms are due for all other semesters by the first day of classes.

Pharmacy

The onsite Pharmacy carries both prescription medications and a variety of over-the-counter medications and toiletries. The Pharmacy is able to bill over 50 major third-party insurance plans. The copay amounts can then be billed to the student’s bursar account or paid with a FSA/HAS credit card. Students may fill any medication prescribed by the SHC or home doctors, as long as the pharmacy carries the medication. Doctors’ offices may e-prescribe, fax, or call in new medications. Students may use the mobile app or phone system to call in refills. Students will receive text messages when prescriptions are filled. The SHC is conveniently located, has low wait times, and is able to help students with their medication needs.

Medical Withdrawal

A designated physician or his/her designee at SHC facilitates all medical withdrawals as outlined in the UA catalog.

Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness serves as the outreach component of SHC, collaborates with UA students, faculty, and staff to promote a healthy campus environment, enhance student well-being, and foster student empowerment to achieve optimal health and academic success. The department offers individual and group education on a variety of health topics, such as financial health, safety, nutrition, eating disorders, alcohol and other drug education, healthy relationships, sexual health, mental health, and tobacco. The department also offers presentations for student organizations and classes, special health awareness events, and resources for students with academic projects. Health Promotion and Wellness administers the nationally known AlcoholEdu for College™ and Haven- Understanding Sexual AssaultTM courses that are required of all incoming students. In addition, they offer the nationally based MentalHealthEdu™ course, which addresses issues surrounding the distressed student and prevention. This 30-minute course is available to faculty, staff, students, and parents.

Students may serve as mentors and peer educators, building leadership skills through peer education initiatives. Project Health is an organization involving peer health educators divided among three separate entities consisting of the Health Hut, Health Ambassadors, and Health Advocates.

The Health Hut conducts daily outreach at five locations on campus weekly for a total of 46 hours, presenting various health topics by using fun, interactive learning engaging visitors with games, activities, giveaways, and conversations aimed at increasing student awareness about health issues and behaviors that directly affect them.  The goals of Health Hut interns are to increase student knowledge about healthy behaviors and making healthy choices and reduce the barriers students perceive to improving their health.

Health Ambassadors work on health topic committees to help develop and implement programs as well as develop materials for outreach.  The primary duty of Health Ambassadors is to present residence hall programming upon request.  They are also responsible for hosting “Healthy Hump Day,” an interactive tabling event held every Wednesday regarding national awareness topics.  “Swagon,”another form of the Ambassadors’ outreach, is based on the concept of the TV show “Cash Cab” and provides health information to students while giving them a ride to class in the HPW Gem Car.

The Health Advocates play an essential role in providing the social support needed for individuals to begin and continue making healthy choices.  Advocates participate in weekly “informal interactions” in which they have casual conversations with other students on campus about a specific health topic. Advocates are also health mentors for students on campus, covering the topics of financial health and general wellness. Students can request a peer-to-peer consultation, which provides an individualized approach to health, including activities such as budget creation and ways to optimize schedules.

Collectively, Project Health members participate in additional events around campus, such as Bama Bound, Week of Welcome, National Health Education Week, National Collegiate Health & Safety Week, and many other campus-wide events.  Project Health is driven by the students with all materials and programs being developed by students, for students.

Gamma is their peer education organization within the UA Greek system.  Gamma delegates are members of the UA Greek community who are passionate about health and wellness. These members work within their respective chapters on campus to improve the overall health and well-being of their fellow members, as well as collaborating for larger health and wellness events.

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

The CRC is  available for students who have made a commitment to lead sober, healthy lives. Modeled after a successful program at Texas Tech University, UA has created a structured, healthy community where recovering students can thrive academically and socially while actively pursuing their recovery. The CRC provides students an opportunity to bond together in an alcohol and drug-free environment. For more information about this department, please visit the Collegiate Recovery Community website.

For More Information

For more information, visit the Student Health Center.