This is Penn State | Staying healthy

August 23, 2013 

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University Health Services in the Student Health Center on Bigler Road is your first stop if you need medical attention on campus.

Services include everything from immunizations to psychological counseling, and from broken bones to chronic health problems.

Nurses are available on the telephone 24/7 at 863-4463 to discuss injuries, health concerns or contraception and gynecological needs, and they can help callers decide if they need urgent care, a clinic appointment or self-care.

Appointments can be made for allergy injections, vaccines, physical exams and tuberculin tests. Men’s preventative health care includes confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases and advice on performing self-exams, using contraception and avoiding risky behaviors.

Women’s health services cover birth control, annual exams and other confidential services to female students and spouses of students enrolled in the Penn State Student Health Insurance and the Graduate Student Insurance plans.

Health appointments can be made by calling 863-0774 or online at

UHS does not directly bill insurance companies, except for students covered by the student health insurance plan, and charges a discounted rate for medical care and support services.

HIV testing, counseling and other services through the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness are free.

Medical records are strictly confidential, released only by a student’s written consent or a court-ordered subpoena. Appointments on student account bills are identified only as “health center charge” or a variation.

But if a receipt is submitted to an insurance company, more specific information about UHS visits may be included.

For mental health and crisis help, Counseling and Psychological Services on the fifth floor of the Student Health Center provides group therapy, individual counseling, crisis intervention and psychiatric services. CAPS helps with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, sexual identity issues, lack of motivation, eating disorders, uncertainties about personal values and other common concerns stemming from collegiate life.

In addition, a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week sexual assault and relationship violence hotline exists. Calling 800-550-7575 reaches counselors trained in helping assault and abuse survivors.

CAPS also offers online mental health screenings, each confidential and taking only minutes. Tests screen depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol problems, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The screenings can be found at

UHS is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, it’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Student Health Center is next to the Eisenhower Parking Deck and the Bank of America Career Services Building off Bigler Road.

— From CDT staff reports

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