Welcome from Harvard University Health Services

July 24, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dear Members of the Class of 2022:
On behalf of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), I am delighted to welcome you to the Harvard community! We are excited to meet and partner with you to ensure that you have a safe and healthy journey throughout your time at Harvard.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority, and we want to make sure you know what services are available to you, and how you can access them. HUHS provides medical, mental health, dental, vision, prescription and specialty services to all Harvard students. Included in this letter is some important information on how to access a variety of services.

HUHS is available for phone and in-person visits, including 24/7 urgent care. We are centrally located and adjacent to Harvard Yard, inside the new Smith Campus Center at 75 Mt. Auburn St. Satellite clinics are located at the Business School, the Law School, and in the Longwood Medical area. For urgent care services, whenever possible, we encourage you to call first to schedule an appointment or to obtain advice if you are unsure whether your medical or mental health need is urgent. The urgent care number, (617) 495-5711, is listed on the back of your Harvard ID.

All Harvard students enrolled more than half-time pay a Student Health Fee that covers most services at all four of the HUHS campus clinics, including urgent care, with no copay.

Students are also automatically enrolled in and charged for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan, which is designed to complement health care provided through the Student Health Fee.  This health insurance plan covers hospital, specialty care, labs/radiology and includes a prescription drug benefit.  Students enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan may apply to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. The deadline to waive  is July 31. Before applying for a waiver, you should carefully evaluate whether your existing plan will provide adequate, comprehensive coverage in/around the Boston area.

For students seeking mental health support, Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers students outpatient care for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, transitional issues, grief, eating, sexual, or relationship concerns, and crisis management. CAMHS supports students’ well-being through a variety of services including individual counseling, groups, workshops, both in-person and virtual, therapy dogs, and much more.
We understand you may be concerned about your privacy, but please know that your medical record exclusively belongs to you. HUHS does not share information with anyone without your permission, including your parents, your Dean or any other administrators in the College.

For additional information around services, please be sure to review the HUHS website at huhs.harvard.edu for specifics around benefits and services or call us at 617-495-5711, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon!


Paul J. Barreira, MD
Director, Harvard University Health Services
Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene
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