A-Z Services

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.

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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.

Assistive technology is any item, computer software, hardware or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology may be provided as reasonable accommodations for students whose disabilities affect their ability to access information and products. Students must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine eligibility for this accommodation.

B

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.

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.

C

Sign-language interpreting and speech-to-text services are coordinated for students, faculty, staff, or visitors who are Deaf or hard-of hearing to facilitate communication and participation in University programs and activities. The appropriate type of service is determined according to the student’s documented need, communication skills, and preferred accommodation. Students eligible for sign-language interpreting or speech-to-text services work with their Disability Services Coordinator to arrange this accommodation.
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.

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.

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Accommodation plans and services are designed to match the disability-related needs of each student, and are determined according to documented needs and the student’s program requirements. Accommodations are determined case by case, after Disability Services (DS) considers both the student’s needs as described in their disability documentation and the technical academic standards of their course or program. In order to request accommodations, students must complete the entire DS registration process.
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.

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.  

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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.

You can use emergency contraception (EC) after unprotected sex to help avoid unwanted pregnancy.

F

Students who are first in their families to attend college arrive at Columbia with the skills, inner resources and ambition needed to be a great success here.

Students with learning, speech, hearing or other disabilities that significantly impact their ability to acquire a foreign language may request a course substitution for a foreign language requirement. Students must first register with Disability Services.

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:

G

Students interested in gender-affirming surgery may begin the process by consulting with their Medical Services provider as well as the Insurance Office.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students. These groups or special programs are often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others.

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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.

GHAP provides HIV antibody testing, treatment options, support, and information on urgent matters.
Students who wish to pursue hormone therapy for gender affirmation may begin the process at Columbia Health.
Accommodations may be arranged for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in some Columbia University housing. Submitting a request for housing accommodations varies depending on your school. Please review the Request for Housing Accommodations forms applicable to you.

I

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.

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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.

DS Learning Specialists work with students registered with DS to facilitate the development of compensatory strategies and academic skills. Our Learning Specialists work with students on an individual basis in which each student’s specific needs are considered in determining the appropriate areas to be addressed.
Volunteer GHAP Advocates are available during drop-in hours to listen, offer support, and connect you to additional resources. GHAP serves the entire Columbia community regardless of gender or orientation. We continue to develop our commitment to advocating for the sexual and emotional health of the LGBTQ population.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students or provide special programs. These groups or special programs were often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others.

M

CPS psychologists, social workers, and counselors with special interest or experience may be good matches for students who wish to explore the intersection of personal concerns, race and culture.

N

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. Note-taking services may be provided for students who are unable to take notes and simultaneously participate in class due to their disability. Students approved for note-taking services must follow the procedures for accessing this accommodation each semester.

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.

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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.

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Peer Advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment and referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources. They help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options.
Plan B (levonorgestrel), an emergency contraceptive pill, is now available without a prescription to persons 17 years of age or older. You must bring an ID with proof of your age to your pharmacy when purchasing Plan B.
Columbia Health is now offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is the use of an antiretroviral drug (Truvada) to prevent HIV infection in HIV negative individuals who are at significant risk of becoming HIV positive.

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.

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.

Psychotherapy, also known as 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.

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Our CPS social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists may be especially good matches for students with religious or spiritual concerns, as well as for students who wish to see a counselor with a specific interest in the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality.

S

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.   

CPS psychologists, social workers, and counselors with special interest or experience may be good matches for LGBTQ students seeking support.

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.

Are you looking for tips on healthy sleep habits? Would you like to learn more about your personal sleep behaviors? Alice! Health Promotion provides a quick and confidential online sleep assessment designed for the Columbia University community. The assessment is available to Columbia students who have a UNI. Alumni, faculty, and staff may also take the online assessment.
Stressbusters are student volunteers who help to promote positive stress coping strategies amongst Columbians. Teams of students deliver free neck and back rubs at events throughout the Columbia University community. Stressbusters host and participate in a number of events during the academic year, including the following recurring events:
Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students or provide special programs. These groups or special programs were often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others.

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.

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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. In some cases, students with disabilities are eligible for accommodations related to the administration of examinations. Testing accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities impact their ability to complete exams under standard conditions in the classroom.
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.

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.

Our trauma team, comprised of psychologists and social workers, may be good matches for survivors of traumatic experiences of all kinds, including sexual or other physical violence, harassment, or discrimination.

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.

U

Medical Services assists Columbia students with both primary and same-day medical concerns. While we encourage all students to make an appointment with their primary care provider (PCP) for routine medical care and illnesses, there are times when a sudden, serious illness or injury may require immediate care.

V

Columbia Health provides all of the recommended adult immunizations such as influenza, Hepatitis A and B and others!

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.

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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.

The Women's Health Advocacy Project (WHAP) provides peer counseling on sexuality, sexual health, and contraception during walk-in hours at Columbia Health in John Jay Hall. WHAP welcomes everyone at Columbia, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Last updated May 22, 2017