Habif Health & Wellness (also known as Student Health Services) supports the academic mission of Washington University by providing the student community with premiere, student-centered health and health promotion services.
Habif offers Medical Services including General Medicine and Reproductive Health Care, Nutrition consults, Allergy/Immunization and Travel clinics; Mental Health Services including Psychiatry and Counseling; Ancillary services such as Laboratory, X-ray, and Pharmacy; as well as Health Education and Wellness programs.
Habif adheres strictly to the Federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This federal law mandates the confidentiality of medical information and records for students over 18 years of age. Your student must give us written authorization for us to discuss any matter regarding your student’s wellbeing with you. We cannot accept blanket medical release authorization. This must be event and time specific. There is a “Release of Medical Information” form under “Forms” on this website. This form must be completed by the student. The student must present the form to us in person or make other arrangements with our staff for delivery of the form. In the event your student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, Habif is able to notify you and will make every effort to do so.
Breaking this confidentiality requirement and releasing information to parents without student permission is breaking the law. We take this very seriously. We also believe confidentiality is an important step for young adults to begin taking responsibility for their own health care.
Our services require appointments. In medicine, we often have same-day appointments and next-day appointments open up all night long after 6 p.m. These appointments may be made on-line, using the student portal, or the student may call the main number, 314-935-6666, option 0, to schedule an appointment during business hours. We offer walk in evaluations for urgent medical or mental health issues.
All first time mental health appointments must be made by calling 314-935-6695, or by scheduling an appointment on-line.
Health Promotion and Wellness (314-935-6666, option 6) does accept walk in services, but some appointments may be required.
After Hours Care
A health care provider is always available by phone for urgent conditions when Habif is closed. To discuss a concern, students should call 314-935-6666, and follow the prompts.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, students should call Campus Police (if on campus) at 314-935-5555 or 911 if off campus.
After hours care is provided by Barnes-Jewish Hospital. These services are billed to the student.
Washington University in St. Louis has a large physician network, Washington University Physicians. They work primarily through Barnes- Jewish Hospital. Habif has integrated services with this group of physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital systems. It allows for seamless and continuous care for your student.
911 services, Campus Police, and members of residential life offices are able to help assist students to the hospital when necessary. There are shuttles and Metro ride services available for students to this hospital if it is not an emergency.
You may reach Barnes- Jewish Hospital by calling 314-747-3000.
ACTION REQUIRED. All students must provide proof of immunizations and health history information prior to moving into campus housing. Failure to take this action will prevent the student from having access to their dorm during move-in. Also, review the mandatory health insurance requirements and deadline information.
All students are required to fill out a medical history form. They can do this by using the student portal on this website. They are required to fill out a brief family history and to provide related health and current prescription medication information. There is also an immunization section that allows the student to communicate with us the dates of their immunizations to ensure compliance with all immunization requirements of the University.
This is a requirement for all students. Next semester’s registration may be held in the event the student has not completed this requirement. Incoming students will not be allowed into their residence hall if they are not fully compliant.
It is very important for students to come prepared with any medications they are currently taking. Please encourage your student to continue taking any prescription medications, and once they are settled, come into Habif to establish care with a primary care provider.
Habif has a full service pharmacy. There is a form on the Habif website under “forms” that allows you to transfer prescriptions to our pharmacy in order to provide a convenient way for your student to get their medications. The pharmacy accepts most insurance plans.
Medical Excuse for Class
Habif Health and Wellness Center does not provide written notes for missed classes, examinations, extracurricular activities, or employment. Whenever possible, students should schedule visits to Habif so that there is no conflict with class/work obligation. Students may provide their walk out statement as proof or verification of a visit to student health. In the event of an extended illness or injury, providers may provide the necessary documentation.
Habif will notify the appropriate Dean’s office of any admission to the hospital that we are aware of; however, we will not provide any details about the nature of the admission. We will only make the notification with the student’s permission.
All full-time, degree seeking students are required to have adequate health insurance coverage. This assures all students have comprehensive medical services available to them at an affordable cost while they are at the university. Please view the information about the student health insurance plan on our website. Students may participate in the plan if they wish, or, they may waive out of the plan if they have adequate health insurance.
Students on the student health insurance plan are required to have referrals to community providers while they are in the St. Louis area. Students should first seek treatment at Habif. All services performed at Habif are paid without application of the deductible for those students participating in this plan.
Details about the student health insurance plan can be found on the Students website.
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Insurance cards for any insurance you have other than the student health insurance plan.
- Mailing Address: 6643 Shepley Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
- Phone: 314-935-6666
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturdays 9 am – 1pm for walk-in care only
*Please note that our hours change during Summer break, Winter break, Spring break, holidays, etc.