Health Services

Brown Health Services provides wellness services and routine and urgent medical care to Brown students. Students may make appointments with staff physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses. Students may also call Health Services for advice on what to do if they are ill or if they have medical questions.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an urgent or routine appointment, call 401 863-3953. For urgent problems, same day appointments are available weekdays, evenings and weekends.  For non-urgent problems, we will often be able to accommodate you the same day or in the near future.  Health Services is open the following hours:

Academic Year:
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Winter / Spring / Summer Breaks
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm (8:00am - 4:00pm during the summer); closed on weekends during breaks.
Nursing advice is available 24 hours/7 days. Please call 401 863-1330 for advice on what to do. Emergency Medical Services is always available by calling Brown Public Safety at 401 863-4111.

Can I have my prescriptions filled at Brown?

The pharmacy at Brown's Health Services can fill prescriptions. To fill a prescription, Health Services requires a written or telephone prescription from a student’s health care provider. Health Services can also transfer refills from the pharmacy that originally filled the prescription. Or you can see one of our health care professionals in Health Services to obtain a prescription. For more information, call the pharmacy at 401 863-7872.

The Health Services pharmacy also carries many over-the-counter products.

What are the medical form requirements and how do I submit them?

All students are required to complete a health history form, as well as submit immunization records and a Tuberculosis screening questionnaire.  Students participating in intercollegiate sports must also complete and submit a Sports Physical form.   All forms are completed and/or uploaded through the Health Services Patient Portal.  The health requirements for all incoming students are available in the New Student Forms section on the Health Services website.

Are my medical records confidential?

Health Services records are confidential and are not released to anyone, including parents, deans, professors and legal guardians, 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 as required by law.

I have health insurance; do I have to pay the Health Fee?

Health Fee

All enrolled students are required to pay the Health Services fee. Brown’s mandatory Health Services fee covers most general medical care at Health Services, including primary care by provider staff, use of Brown Emergency Medical Services, campus-wide health promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Services various public health functions.  For additional information, please visit the Health Services website, e-mail nursing@brown.edu, or call 401 863-3953.

Health Insurance

Brown students are required to have health insurance. Students not covered under a parental or other insurance plan are automatically enrolled in the insurance plan offered by the University. This plan is designed specifically to complement the services provided by Health Services and is the result of a competitive bid process. Students may waive enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan if they are covered by a comparable health insurance plan (the Insurance website includes criteria to consider when evaluating plans).  If you do not want to participate in the University's Student Health Insurance Plan, a waiver form must be submitted by the deadline each academic year. Additional information is available on the Insurance office website. 

Who can answer my questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan?

Contact Brown’s Insurance Office at 401 863-1703.