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: BWell 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. 

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.