We serve the Columbia community by providing a range of programs and services for students, and by providing support for other Columbia communities such as affiliated schools, the Columbia University Medical Center campus, and the K-8 School.

Affiliated Schools

Barnard College

During the academic year, Barnard College students receive services through the Barnard College Student Health Service. Counseling services are provided by the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, and Disability Services are provided by the Barnard Office of Disability Services.

During the summer, all Barnard students may receive care for acute medical conditions at Medical Services. A fee is assessed and payable at the time of service, and is subsequently reimbursed to the student through the Barnard College medical insurance plan.

All services provided by Sexual Violence Response are available to Barnard students. The Columbia Barnard Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center is a joint program of Barnard College and Columbia University and is located in the Barnard Quad (105 Hewitt Hall).

Barnard students are encouraged to volunteer with our programs.

Teachers College

Teachers College students receive services provided by Columbia Health through enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, and in the Basic level of the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. TC students may request enrollment in the Comprehensive level of the Columbia Plan, or request a waiver of automatic enrollment if documentation of comparable insurance coverage is provided. Part-time students can elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program and the Columbia Plan.

Enrollment is coordinated by Teachers College Office of Insurance and Immunization Records. Once enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, Teachers College students receive the same services provided for other Columbia students, with the exception of assistance provided through Disability Services. At Teachers College, these services are provided through the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

Teachers College students provide their documentation of compliance with immunization requirements to the Office of Insurance and Immunization Records at the college. Services provided by the Sexual Violence Response are available to all members of the Columbia University community, including Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Teachers College students. Sexual Violence Response can also provide referral for affiliate students to on campus, community-based, or national support services.

All students are also encouraged to volunteer with our programs.

Jewish Theological School

Jewish Theological Seminary students receive services provided by Columbia Health at Columbia through enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, and in the Basic level of the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. JTS students may upgrade to the Comprehensive level of the Columbia Plan or request a waiver of automatic enrollment if documentation of comparable insurance coverage is provided. Part-time students can elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program and the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Enrollment is coordinated by the JTS Office of Human Resources. Once enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, JTS students receive the same services provided for Columbia students, with the exception of assistance provided through Disability Services. At JTS, these services are provided through the Dean's Offices in the individual schools. The Student Counseling Center, under the auspices of the Office of Student Life, is committed to the delivery of psycho-social counseling services to students. JTS students also have access to the Counseling and Psychological Services at Columbia Health.

Jewish Theological Seminary students provide their documentation of compliance with immunization requirements to the JTS Office of the Registrar.

Services provided by Sexual Violence Response are available to all members of the Columbia University community, including Union Theological Seminary, JTS, and Teachers College students. All students are encouraged to volunteer with our programs. Sexual Violence Response can also provide referrals for affiliate students to on-campus, community-based, and national support services.

Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary students receive services provided by Columbia Health through enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, and in the Basic level of the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. UTS students may upgrade to the Comprehensive level of the Columbia Plan or request a waiver of automatic enrollment if documentation of comparable insurance coverage is provided. Part-time students can elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program and the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Enrollment is coordinated by the UTS Office of Student Life. Once enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, UTS students receive the same services provided for Columbia students, with the exception of assistance provided through the Office of Disability Services. At UTS, these services are provided through the UTS Office of Student Life.

UTS students provide their documentation of compliance with immunization requirements to the UTS Office of Student Life in Room 108 of the Administrative Building.

CUMC

Students at the Columbia University Medical Center campus may utilize medical services at the Student Health Service and are eligible to enroll in the CUMC health insurance program.

There are two resources available to CUMC students, including Disability Services and Sexual Violence Response.

Disability Services

Disability Services facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating accommodations and support services, cultivating a campus culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of students.

Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response has a location open at the CUMC campus. Drop-in and phone consultations are available at designated times.

Sexual Violence Response works with the Center for Student Wellness to provide educational and skill building workshops on the CUMC campus. Medical Center students are encouraged to volunteer with our programs. Sexual Violence Response can also provide referrals for Medical Center students to on campus, community-based and national support services.

Study Abroad Students

Students participating in study abroad programs who are enrolled in the Columbia Health Program may wish to review the CU on the Road Travel Medicine program at Medical Services to obtain advice about a health problem before traveling abroad. They should be aware that enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan will also provide students will On Call International insurance coverage. In addition, they should meet with their PCP before leaving if they need to discuss any chronic  illness and prescription medication that they may be taking.

International Students

We know you may have questions about how to handle health concerns here, and it can be challenging to understand the way health care is provided in the United States.

As a first step, it is important to talk with a student affairs adviser at your school or an advisor at the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to discuss your eligibility for enrollment in Columbia Health and the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Certain requirements or restrictions may apply depending on the visa-type you have and your designated status at Columbia (self-funded student, funded student, exchange student, visiting scholar, etc.).

If you are enrolled in Columbia Health, you may make an appointment to see a provider in Medical Services or a clinician at Counseling and Psychological Services. Clinicians and other professional staff members can provide advice and help with many kinds of health issues, both serious and routine. We are happy to answer questions by phone or to meet with you to talk about more complex issues. Remember that we follow professional standards for protecting the confidentiality of students’ health information. Other sections of this website provide important information about the on-campus services provided through the Columbia Health Program and the Columbia Student Medical Insurance plan.

We encourage you to become familiar with the health resources available to you both on-and off-campus.

K-8

The School at Columbia supports a dynamic and nurturing community of learners in grades K-8. Columbia Health advises The School at Columbia on community-wide public health issues, but cannot provide direct medical care or counseling services for students except in emergencies. Staff members may take advantage of the services provided to deans, faculty, and staff of Columbia University.

 

Last updated March 19, 2015