The following is a list of Columbia Health services provided by Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, Sexual Violence Response and Alice! Health Promotion.
Medical Services is now offering acupuncture services, in partnership with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Columbia students enrolled in Columbia Health may receive up to five sessions at Medical Services, when referred by their Medical Services provider. Students can make an appointment with their Medical Services provider to discuss their needs for acupuncture services.
Acupuncture services are held one morning weekly. The first visit will include a comprehensive evaluation and may take up to two hours. Each additional session is typically one hour.
Counseling and Psychological Services provides support for students in managing issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in an academic environment. CPS reviews symptoms, current functioning and past history of problems with all students who are concerned they might have ADHD, or who have been previously diagnosed with ADHD.
The Alcohol Self-Assessment a brief, 10 question survey designed to assist students in determining if their alcohol use results in low, moderate, or high risk.
BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their drinking and other drug-use behavior in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, the goals are selected by the student and are aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences. Services provided through the BASICS program are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and private.
One-on-one educational birth control sessions with an Alice! Health Promotion professional staff member are available. Sessions are available for currently enrolled Columbia University students. In the session, students will have the opportunity to explore birth control options with an Alice! Health Promotion staff member and ask questions prior to meeting with a healthcare provider. This session is not a substitute for working with a medical provider. No prescriptions can be obtained during this session.
Couples counseling is available to couples in which each partner is both a registered Columbia student and both are enrolled in Columbia Health. Counseling and Psychological Services staff members are trained to address concerns and problems, such as depression, conflict resolution, communications and more.
During the academic year, Counseling and Psychological Services has evening drop-in counseling hours Mondays through Thursdays in residence halls and academic buildings on campus. These offices are available to all Columbia students who have enrolled in Columbia Health.
Following national standards for excellent care, Columbia Health has established a multi-disciplinary team of specialists on eating disorders. Students enrolled in Columbia Health are eligible to receive eating disorders assessments and counseling on-campus.
Students who are first in their families to attend college arrive at Columbia with the skills, inner resources and ambition needed to suceed here. However, for some first generation students negotiating university life it can be much more challenging without the benefit of the knowledge and support that families with deeper roots in higher education can provide; and for some there is the additional challenge of reconciling their cultures of origin with that of the university environment.
Friend2Friend is Alice! Health Promotion’s skills-based training program. It is a 3 hour workshop designed to help Columbia students effectively recognize and respond to others exhibiting indicators of distress. Students can be a helper and connect peers to resources on- and off-campus. The training is focused on understanding, re-framing, referring, and self-care.
The purpose of this training is to:
Go Ask Alice! is Columbia’s health Q&A Internet resource. It provides the Columbia University community and readers all over the world with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being. Information provided by Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional.
Short-term individual counseling is an opportunity to talk with a mental health professional at Counseling and Psychological Services regarding concerns or problems, such as feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, substance use, issues with friends and family, or relationship concerns. Counseling sessions last approximately 45 minutes.
The Medical Services laboratory is able to provide many tests onsite such as urinalysis, rapid strep, pregnancy and flu. Other tests ordered by your provider, including most blood work, are sent to an outside lab. The results return to your Medical Services provider who will contact you through a secure web message.
Columbia students can meet with a Registered Dietitian at Medical Services who will provide individual counseling and help students understand and meet their unique nutrition needs. If you're interested in learning more about healthy eating habits for yourself, please schedule an appointment.
Medical Services is privileged to have Doctors of Osteopathy (DO). Osteopathic doctors as they are sometimes referred to, receive similar training as medical doctors (MDs) with additional training in osteopathic principles and practices. As one of their modality options, doctors of osteopathy can use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to administer manual treatments referred to as osteopathic manual treatment. Osteopaths can focus on the neuro-muscular system and perform manipulations to treat a wide range of problems.
Medical Services works with students to manage all of their health care needs, including prescription medications.
Medical Services, a part of Columbia Health, provides a full range of services on campus, including the following:
Psychiatrists at Counseling and Psychological Services are available to help evaluate your problems, advise whether medication may be useful and, if you elect, prescribe medication when clinically indicated.
You must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine your eligibility for this accommodation. Refer to the Registration Page for further information.
Peer Education Program
Peer Educators with Sexual Violence Response are students of all gender identities who are committed to preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and educating their peers about healthy relationships and sexuality.
Medical Services is committed to assisting students in learning about preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). An STI evaluation will include a discussion with a Medical Services provider about your concerns and possible symptoms, a physical examination, and testing, if appropriate. Results of the physical are discussed with you during the same visit. Lab results are reported to you as soon as they become available, generally within two to three business days.
The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) is a part of Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response (SVR). The RC/AVSC provides peer advocacy and education to the entire University community.
Columbia students can meet with a tobacco cessation specialist, who will provide individual support and help students understand the process of quitting along with developing a personal plan to stop using tobacco.
If you are interested in learning more about stopping the use of tobacco for you or someone you know, please make an appointment.
The CU on the Road Travel Medicine Program offers information and immunizations for international travel. This service is free for students who are enrolled in Columbia Health. They may make an appointment by calling Medical Services 212-854-7426..
For additional information about any associated costs with the program, including required and/or suggested immunizations, please see the Service Fees for Columbia Health.
All of the professionals at CPS are dedicated to fostering personal wellness and development among student veterans and military personnel. While many soldiers will make a successful return to civilian life, we recognize that student veterans face unique challenges when entering or returning to an academic setting.
If you are above your most healthy weight, the members of your practice group are available to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle through a comprehensive approach. With a combination of mindful eating practices, exercise and behavior modifications, Columbia Health strives to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for those aiming to lose weight.