Health Care

University Health Services

University Health Services provides health and medical care for all actively-enrolled Brown students. All enrolled students must pay the Health Services Fee.

Appointments: Services include same-day appointments for illness and appointments for routine care (e.g., annual physical, gynecology, dermatology, pre-travel visit). During the academic year, appointments are available 7 days a week; in the summer, appointment hours are reduced.

Emergency Care: Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for students and others on the Brown campus. In case of injury or sudden illness, call (401) 863-4111; Brown Public Safety will dispatch EMS ("ambulance") response.

Health promotion: The office of Health Promotion provides  interactive workshops, individual health counseling and referrals, and a vibrant website. Health Promotion also coordinates special events on  health topics such as alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, sexual health, and sexual assault and relationship violence. The Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy is available for confidential conversation with any Brown student.

Medical advice: Students may access medical advice any time day or night by calling a nurse at (401) 863-1330.

Mental health: Counseling and Psychological Services ( provides free appointments to all enrolled Brown students for assessment, time-limited psychotherapy, referral for longer-term therapy, and crisis intervention. Visits to CAPS are covered by the Brown Health Fee, which every student pays.

Pharmacy, lab and x-ray:  The Pharmacy at Health Services carries many 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, or can transfer refills from the original pharmacy.  Alternately, students may see a provider at Health Services to obtain a prescription. Lab samples are collected at Health Services and forwarded for testing to an independent diagnostic lab; some lab tests are covered by the Health Services Fee, while others are billed to insurance.  An on-site, licensed x-ray service performs basic studies; other studies require a visit to an off-campus facility. For additional information, refer to the Medical Services section of the Health Services website. 

Summer: Accessing Health Services during the summer term requires a separate Summer Health Fee, which may be paid at the first summer visit.

Travel services: Students planning to travel or study abroad should schedule a pre-travel appointment with Health Services well in advance of their date of departure. Completing the required immunizations and/or medications may take more than a month. Health and vaccine recommendations by specific country are listed on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health website at; review the Destinations section for specifics. Additional information on pre-travel services is available in the Medical Services section of the Health Services website.