If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.

About University Health Services

The purpose of university Health Services (UHS) at the University of the District of Columbia is to ensure a healthy campus environment and to promote the individual health and wellness of all members of the university community. UHS is committed to providing caring, quality, confidential services to the university community, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is our goal to provide affirming health and wellness services. We provide mandatory and routine preventative health care, urgent health care, and specialist referrals. Preventative health services include lectures, workshops, disease screenings, immunizations, routine gynecological exams, and routine physical exams. UHS is staffed by board-certified licensed nurse practitioners, medical office assistants, program coordinators, and a student health services coordinator.

All students, regardless of age, with chronic medical conditions (e.g., allergies, seizures, diabetes, high blood pressure) are recommended to have a medical history on file with UHS that documents any pertinent information and medical examinations related to any physical/mental disability and or significant medical conditions which could impact their academic performance or medical care in an emergency.

By DC Immunization Law and university policy, it is mandatory for all students enrolled for classes at the university and Community College to be immunized prior to starting classes. Students must show proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox), and meningitis. Students under the age of 18 must also show proof for polio immunization. Once you receive your letter of acceptance from the university, you should obtain your immunization records from your previous school, primary care providers, military, or local health department then present it to UHS (not the Office of Admissions) on or before the day you come to register for classes. Health professions students preparing for clinical rotations are required to show proof of immunization and free of other specific communicable diseases.

All records must be written in English. If you are missing any of the above vaccines, please plan to obtain the vaccines from your private health care providers’ office or neighborhood health clinic. You may also visit University Health Services at the Van Ness Main campus to obtain vaccinations for a fee considerably less than other clinics and health retailers. Students covered by the student health insurance plan are eligible for all vaccines at no cost.

Students in the healthcare professions and athletics programs are required to submit proof of a recent physical examination and documentation of required laboratory testing per the program’s specific requirements. Please check with the program directly to learn the requirements.

For more details on immunization requirements click here. Medical history and examination forms with the relevant details are available at UHS.

Services Provided

Campus-wide Emergency Response
Sick Care (same-day appointments are usually available)
Physical Examinations
Required Immunizations and Clinical Laboratory Tests*
Health Assessments
Women’s and Men’s Sexual Health Services
Laboratory and In-house Medication Support*
Disease Screening and Counseling
Vision & Hearing Screening
Consultation and Referral Services
Health Maintenance Support

*Not all students may be eligible to receive these services from UHS


You must make an appointment to be seen at the health center.  Walk-in and same-day appointments for urgent care services are usually available but may be limited on any given day. Urgent Care Services are available for evaluation of acute and urgent medical issues such as severe pain, minor injuries, shortness of breath, chest pain, or other acute illnesses or signs of severe distress. Call the University Health Center at 202.274.-5030 or come in to be seen for urgent care. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.


Director – TBD

Nurse Practitioner – Mercy Ojumu, MSN, FNP-BC

Student Health Coordinator – Monica S. Gaskin

Medical Office Assistant – Janet Gilchrist-Rush




Confidentiality and Release of Information

All services provided to students are confidential. All communication between you and your clinician are also strictly confidential. Issues of privacy and confidentiality are covered thoroughly in staff and volunteer training.

A confidential medical record is established and maintained for every patient who receives care. If you are 18 years or older, information cannot be released, even to your parents, without your permission. Information is released only with your written permission, upon a court-ordered subpoena, or in a life-threatening situation.

The University Health Services is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Federal Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA).