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Brown Health Services

Brown Health Services offers comprehensive health care to students; it 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 daytime medical care by appointment. Registered nurses are on duty and a physician is on call 24/7 during the school year to provide urgent care. Students should call (401) 863-3953 first for advice on what to do if they are ill or have medical questions. In an emergency, call (410) 863-4111 right away.

Health Services records are confidential and are not released (e.g., to parents or faculty) without written authorization from the student. There are a few exceptions: when release of specific information without a student’s expressed consent is necessary in emergencies or is required by law.

All incoming students have to meet several health requirements before arriving on campus. If you are an incoming student, make sure to complete your online Health History form and other documents required by Rhode Island state law and University policies.

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)Tetanus/Diphtheria (or Tdap) booster within the past 10 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccine – three doses (must have started series with at least one dose)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – history of disease or vaccine, two doses
  • PPD (Tuberculosis) skin test within the past six months (required for some students as indicated on the Tuberculosis Screening Form)

The Rhode Island Department of Health and Brown Health Services recommend that college students living in residence halls be vaccinated against meningococcal disease if they have not already been vaccinated. College students have a greater risk of meningococcal infection than the general population because of activities that are often a part of college life.

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.