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Admitted Students Guide: Health & Wellness

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Brown Health & Wellness holistically engages students in collaborative and compassionate care to support their self discovery, intellectual growth and lifelong well-being. The Health & Wellness unit encompasses five departments: Brown Emergency Medical Services (BEMS), BWell Health Promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Services and Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Health & Wellness Resources (covered under the Health Fee)

Brown University Health Services

450 Brook Street
(401) 863-4111 for emergency care
(401) 863-3953 for appointments
(401) 863-3953 for medical advice
(401) 863-7882 for pharmacy
[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Brown EMS (BEMS) is a blended volunteer/paid service licensed by the State of Rhode Island to provide 24/7 basic and advanced prehospital care to anyone requesting emergency aid through the Brown Communications Center. Our service area is the Brown campus or remote student or academic occupancies in the city of Providence. BEMS personnel are trained and equipped to provide the same level of services as other EMS agencies in Rhode Island, but BEMS is unique in its programs and mission as a collegiate ambulance corps.

BWell Health Promotion supports the development of skills for lifelong, holistic health and wellbeing for all Brown students by offering interventions that are both community- and evidence-informed, and rooted in social justice to empower growth and the ability to thrive, prevent health disparities, and respond to emergent needs.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) takes a goal-focused and collaborative approach to mental health services to assist students in improving their lives. With a diverse staff, CAPS offers a range of psychological treatment, prevention services and outreach in an inclusive, compassionate, affirming and socially just environment. CAPS is available 24/7 for urgent needs and regularly open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health Services provides holistic care that is respectful of students' personal, cultural and social identities. Health professionals offer visits for urgent and routine care, 24/7 nursing advice and on-site lab, pharmacy and X-ray services. In-person care and laboratory hours are subject to change during summer and holidays or if experiencing inclement weather or complications; visit the website for the most current hours. Please also see Health Services Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) coordinates and facilitates services for undergraduate and graduate students with medical, physical, psychological and learning disabilities. While services for students with documented disabilities or medical conditions are coordinated through SAS, the accommodations are implemented by the Brown University community. Accommodations and services are provided based on student needs and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Call 401-863-3953 to make an appointment for health services concerns, 401-863-7882 to reach the pharmacy, and 401-863-3558 to make an appointment for individual nutrition counseling. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] and medical advice is available 24/7 by calling 401-863-1330.

Health Services’ current hours can be found on the department website

The Health Services pharmacy carries prescription medications and over-the-counter products. To fill a prescription, the pharmacy 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. Students may also be seen by a provider at Health Services to obtain a prescription. The pharmacy can be contacted by phone at 401-863-7882. 

The pharmacy has an online store for over the counter (OTC) items. Purchases are available for pickup at the pharmacy or can be delivered to the student's campus box. Payment is by credit or debit card.

Required Health-Related Documentation
All incoming students are required to complete medical forms before arriving on-campus. Instructions for completing these forms and uploading required documents are in the New Student Forms section on the Health Services website. For continuity of care, students with chronic, serious medical conditions should forward their medical records to Health Services.

Health Fee
Every Brown student is charged a Health Fee each semester. The fee allows students to use Health Services, regardless of health insurance coverage. This is a separate charge from the Brown student health insurance fee that you may elect to waive if you have a comparable health insurance plan.

This Health Fee covers most general medical care at Health Services, including primary care by provider staff, use of Brown University Emergency Medical Services, nursing services and 24/7 medical advice, campus-wide health promotion, Brown University Counseling & Psychological Services, and Health Services’ various public health functions.

Health Insurance
All Brown students must have separate health insurance to cover services not included in the Health Fee (such as lab, x-ray, pharmacy and hospital expenses). Students are automatically enrolled in the Brown Student Health Insurance Plan, specifically designed to complement the services provided by the Health and Wellness departments. However, students may waive enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan if they are covered by a comparable health insurance plan. 

When evaluating your plan, you must verify that your plan provides adequate coverage that is accessible in the Providence area. Students must complete an online waiver form by the deadline listed on the Gallagher SiteOffice of Insurance and Purchasing Services website

International Students: – It is particularly important that you verify that your insurance plan provides adequate coverage that is accessible in the Providence area before waiving the Student Health Insurance. 

For questions about health insurance, reach Pamela Watkins, Student Insurance Specialist, with any inquiries by phone at 401-863-1703 or email at [email protected] contact the Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services website or by calling 401-863-1703.

Health Services records are confidential and are not released to anyone, including parents, legal guardians and 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. Additional information can be found on the Health Services website.

Frequently Asked Questions