What is a medical hold and how can I get it
removed so that I can register?
A. New entrants, transfer students or former
students returning: once you have been accepted
to Howard University and have paid your enrollment
fee, you are automatically placed on “medical
hold” until you satisfy the immunization
and tuberculosis screening requirements. Only
after satisfying all of the requirements will
your medical hold be removed. At this point,
you will then be able to register for classes.
How do I send or obtain a copy of my medical
medical records are considered confidential.
If submitting a copy of your medical records
to us, please fax, mail or hand deliver those
University Student Health Center
Attn: Medical Records
2139 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20059
your student identification number (ID @......)
on each page of your documents since multiple
pages can be separated. Students who wish
to request a copy of their medical records
must sign an authorization for release of
medical information stating what documents
they are requesting and what person/agency
is to receive the information.
Students wishing to receive a copy of their records for their personal use must submit a written authorization. Information pertaining to alcohol or other drug dependencies and HIV test results or treatment requires a release specific for that information. That means that you must spell out in your request that you would like to authorize release of that information specifically. All releases must be signed by the patient. For further information, please call 202-806-7540. You can download the Medical Release Form here
Will my visit appear on my school record?
No! All visits are strictly confidential and
are not part of your academic record. Information
in the medical record may only be shared if
you sign an authorization to disclose protected
health information. No one can access your medical
records without your written permission, including
University faculty and administration, future
employers, roommates, friends or parents. To
read more, see Privacy
the Student Health Center accept medical insurance?
Currently, the Student Health Center only accepts
the mandatory insurance plan provided by the
University. If you have private insurance, upon
your request, a statement detailing the services
you received will be provided so that you may
file a claim with your insurance carrier. Most
of the services that you will receive at the
Student Health Center are covered under the
plan provided by the University and there is
no charge. These charges
will be added to your student tuition account.
Charges that appear on your student tuition
account will not list what you medical appointment
was for. The Student Health Center cannot accept
any cash, personal checks or credit cards at
this time. If you are referred to a specialist
at the hospital or if you go to the emergency
room, let them know if you have additional health
insurance and show them your insurance card.
Do I need a referral to see a specialist?
In most circumstances a referral is required.
You do not need a referral in the following
to a medical emergency. However, you must
return to the Student Health Center for
necessary follow-up care;
When the Student Health Center is closed;
When service is rendered at another facility
during break or vacation periods;
For medical care received when the student
is more than 35 miles from campus;
For medical care obtained when a student
is no longer able to use the Student Health
Center due to a change in student status;
Dependents are not eligible to use the
Student Health Center; and therefore,
are exempt from the above limitations
Dental Care provided at the College of
When a referral is needed, make an appointment to see a health care provider at the student health center (202-806-7540) and discuss your need to see a specialist. If your medical problem cannot be taken care of by the student health provider, you will be referred to a specialist of your choice for further care. It is more economical to use a specialist under the student health insurance network plan. The name of the plan is UnitedHealthCare Student Resources. You may incur more out-of-pocket expenses if you receive care out of the UHC network. To locate a provider under the UHC network, please go to www.uhcsr.com/howard. Remember that a referral is needed for every visit to a specialist at the Howard University Hospital
Note that beginning August 1, 2015, United Healthcare will be the student health insurance carrier. Similar concepts apply, that specialists that are in-network are much more economical than those outside of the network. Check out https://www.uhcsr.com/howard for more details.
Does the Student Health Center have a pharmacy?
No. There are several pharmacies within walking
distance of all of our campuses that accept
most prescription plans.