Health Center Hours
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed between 12 and 1:15 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 6-3677 for appointments
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use the Health Center?
What if I think my problem is an emergency and I can’t wait for the Health Center to open?
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 University emergency medical first response service.
In cases of an off-campus emergency, call 911.
How do I get an appointment at the Health Center?
Who will see me?
We have registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians (MDs). If you use our walk-in service, you will be seen by a RN. You can usually get an appointment with a nurse practitioner or physician within 24 hours.
Do I have to bring money or my insurance card when I visit the Health Center?
Can I get prescriptions filled at the Health Center?
The Health Center does not have a pharmacy but there are pharmacies within walking distance and we have delivery services set up for M-F pick up. Your own physician's office or the Health Center staff will provide a written prescription or submit your prescriptive orders to the pharmacy of your choice. The prescriptions can be paid for with cash (correct amount), check or credit/debit card via the pharmacy or with pick up at the Health Center. Charges will be based on your insurance policy.
What if I think I need to see a specialist or go to an Urgent Care Center (UCC)?
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. 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 illness or injury, 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 and issues, travel advice 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?
Bring the forms to the Health Center to review them with a nurse and then make an appointment for a travel visit.
Can I get routine gynecological care at the health center?
Can I get birth control at the health center?
Yes, we prescribe contraception. We recommend that sexually active women have an annual gynecologic visit with a pelvic examination. Depending on your age and personal history, a pap smear may also be recommended. If you have previously had a pelvic exam with a provider not affiliated with the Health Center, we ask you to have copies of your records forwarded here.Contraceptive choices include birth control pills, injections, vaginal ring, as well as non-hormonal methods like condoms and diaphragms. Other methods, including IUDs and implants, are not available at the Health Center at this time, but we can assist you in finding a provider in the area who may be able to help you. 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?
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. The experience of illness varies greatly among individuals. Health Center staff have objective criteria regarding contagion and the need for isolation for certain communicable diseases. Legitimate reasons to stay home with more common, minor illnesses include decreasing exposure to others and to recuperate.
Students who need to miss class due to injury or illness are encouraged by Academic Advising and the Health Center to notify their faculty, prior to class time, that they are ill or injured and unable to attend class. They may do this by phone or email as appropriate.It is within the purview of the faculty to determine when or if the student will be excused from class or have deadlines extended for work due.
This policy is consistent with our commitment to maintain student confidentiality, encourage more appropriate use of health care resources, and support meaningful dialogue between teacher and student. The University encourages these conversations between student and faculty as a step toward adult independence in such matters.
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 and the Health Center 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.
It is important for students to learn self-management of colds, flus, and other minor illnesses or injuries. Many of these simple illnesses or injuries do not require formal medical attention though the Health Center does assess, diagnose, treat, and educate students who need support with these minor illnesses.