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Brown University Health Services
13 Brown Street
Brown University Box 1928
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-4111 for emergency care
(401) 863-3953 for appointments
(401) 863-1330 for medical advice
(401) 863-7882 for pharmacy

Brown University Health Services is a wellness center as well as a place for students to come when they are ill. A staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses provide  medical care by appointment. Call ahead and get an appointment the same day or at a more convenient time. Medical advice is available 24/7 during the school year. Students should call first for advice on what to do if they are ill or have medical questions. Please visit our website for more information on services available to students.

All incoming students are required to complete an online Health History Form. Students must also download and return the Brown Immunization Record and the TB/Tuberculosis Screening Form. All forms are due July 1st and can be accessed on the Health Services website: For continuity of care, we request that students forward their medical records for any chronic, serious medical condition. We also recommend that students have a thorough dental and eye examination before coming to campus. Health Services records are confidential and are not released (e.g., to parents or faculty) without written authorization from the student. There are exceptions when the release of specific information without a student’s expressed consent is necessary in emergencies or is required by law.

Brown University requires incoming students to provide written documentation of the following immunizations, in accordance with Rhode Island state law:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine – two doses; one on or after 12 months of age and the second at least one month after the first dose (or two individual doses of each vaccine)
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) within the past 10 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccine – three doses (must have started series with at least one dose; remaining doses may be completed with the Nursing staff at Health Services)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – history of disease or two doses of the vaccine
  • Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine required if under 22 years of age.  (If given before 16 years of age, then a booster dose is required)
  • PPD (Tuberculosis) skin test within the past six months (required for some students as indicated on the Tuberculosis Screening Form)

A pharmacy is located at Health Services that carries many prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter products. The pharmacy can fill your prescription as long as it has a written or telephone prescription from your provider, or it can transfer refills from the pharmacy that originally filled the prescription. You may also be seen by a provider at Health Services to obtain a prescription.

Health Services Fee
Students should make every effort to address health problems through Brown Health Services before consulting with a private physician. Full-time students are billed a Health Services fee that covers use of the facility and its services during the academic year. This fee is separate from the student health insurance charge. Students already receiving full financial support from the University usually receive the Health Services fee for the fall and spring semesters as part of their support. Brown Health Services charges a separate fee for summer coverage; all students on campus during the summer are individually responsible for the fee.

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