Health Center Hours

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed for staff meetings as posted.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Summer/Holiday/Break Hours
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 781-736-3677 for appointments

Call Answering Service for urgent questions after hours at 781-239-1948.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can use the Health Center?

As of August 15, 2014 all currently enrolled students  may be seen at the Health Center and/or Psychological Counseling Center.

CAn i speak with a provider when the health center is closed?
There is an on call clinician when the Health Center is closed. If you have a concern that cannot wait until the next business day please call 1-781-239-1948.
What if my problem is an emergency?

In cases of an on-campus emergency, call Campus Police at (781) 736-3333. They will send an officer and Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you. BEMCo is Brandeis Universities volunteer student run emergency medical first response service with medical guidance from the Health Center Medical Director and operational support by the Chief of Brandeis Public Safety.

In cases of an off-campus emergency, call 911.

You may also go to local urgent care or emergency providers.

How do I get an appointment at the Health Center?
Call our office (781) 736-3677 during business hours to schedule an appointment.  We have same day appointments  for urgent needs.
Who will see me?

We have registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians (MDs).  You can usually get an appointment with a nurse practitioner or physician within 24 hours. If you want to see a particular provider you can schedule with them by calling our front desk during business hours at 1-781-736-3677.

Do I have to bring money or my insurance card when I visit the Health Center?
The Health center will be billing insurances for visits in the fall of 2014.  We recommend that all students carry their insurance cards to bring with them when they access services.
What if I think I need to see a specialist or go to an Urgent Care Center (UCC)?
You can always be seen at the health center for evaluation. If you need urgent care or emergency services we will assist you in accessing the best care for your needs.  If you need a specialist, the Health Center can give you a list of local and/or Boston based recommended providers. If you do not have the SHP we recommend that you check with your insurance to confirm that you are using an in network provider.
If I have a very private problem, will my parents/spouse/partner or professors be told?

No. Information is not shared with anyone—staff, faculty, family or friends—if you are over 18 years of age, without your permission.  Massachusetts law protects medical information regarding sexual health for students under 18, as well. Information about your care will only be given to someone with your specific written approval, except as required by law and in cases of danger or harm to yourself or others.

What would I go to the Health Center for?

Services include

  • medical care for acute  illnesses and injuries,
  • management of chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, or diabetes,
  • sexual and reproductive health such as contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, STI testing and assessment, gyn exams,
  • lab work,
  • travel visits and immunizations,  
  • routine, and employment physicals.
  • A nutritionist and a drug and alcohol counselor are available to see patients by appointment.
I am applying to study abroad/peace corps. What do I do with the health forms?

Please call the health center to schedule a physical and/or travel visit. Please let the receptionist know your destination and expected travel dates.

Can I get gynecological care at the health center?
Gynecological visits at the Health Center may be for routine care or for problems. Students are seen for annual visits, problems with menstrual cycles, yeast infections, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive needs and other concerns. Visits can be with a nurse practitioner or a physician.
Can I get birth control at the health center?

Yes, we prescribe contraception. Contraceptive choices include birth control pills, injections, vaginal ring, as well as non-hormonal methods like condoms and diaphragms. Long term reversible contraceptives, such as  IUDs and implants, are not available at the Health Center  but we can refer you to a provider in the area. We also have emergency contraception available.

At my friend’s school, they give her birth control pills to her. Why doesn't that happen here?
The Health Center is not licensed as a pharmacy. We do not accept samples from drug companies. We do provide students with prescriptions that they can fill at a local pharmacy.
Why Doesn't the Health Center provide notes for student absences?

The Brandeis Health Center does not routinely provide notes for students who miss class due to injury or illness.

Students with serious medical conditions that last longer than a few days or who are hospitalized will need to contact the Office of Academic Affairs for advice on managing their academic obligations and their health conditions. In these serious situations, Academic Affairs can facilitate communication with faculty. The Health Center can help facilitate this process as needed, with written consent from the student, to discuss their  health information. In emergent situations health services will, with consent, assist with notification of the Office of Academic Affairs.