Your Student Health Fee
Your student health fee, required when you take 7-credit hours or more, supports important health and safety initiatives on our campus and a number of health services including:
- Behavioral health consultation during medical visits
- Timely appointments (same- or next-day primary care appointments and same week behavioral health appointments)
- Initial assessment and treatment visits (up to four, if needed) to psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists
- If more than four visits are needed, you will receive charges that may be filed to insurance
- Stress reduction strategies including health coaching, skill-building classes and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation
The health fee supports the Health Center’s ongoing public health efforts to assure a healthy and safe campus through monitoring the University’s Immunization and TB Policy.
- All students’ immunization records are reviewed to verify appropriate measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis vaccines.
- Students with risk factors for TB are tested and provided treatment if needed.
- During outbreaks, the Center coordinates public health measures with University Hospital Infection Control, MU Office of Emergency Management, Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services, Boone County Office of Emergency Management, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also supported by your health fee:
- Annual flu shot
- Annual sexually transmitted infections (STI) screenings (chlamydia & gonorrhea)
- Sexual health safety products in specific locations
- Sexual health peer presentations to students
- Breathe peer presentations on stress management
- Yoga and meditation classes
- Assessment and treatment by Health Center counselors and psychiatrists (up to 4 visits, if needed)
- Behavioral health support during medical visits
- Visits to a health coach
- After-hours phone nurse available 24/7 at 573-882-7481
- Monitoring MU’s immunization policy
- Management of infectious disease outbreaks
- Health insurance staff to answer questions
- Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education (SHAPE)
- Breathing and Relaxation Experiential Activities to Help Everyone (BREATHE)
Other things you might want to know
- If you take fewer than 7 credit hours, you do not pay the health fee.
However, to receive behavioral health services, you must pay the fee.
- The student health fee is not the same as health insurance.
- Spouses may use the Health Center for primary care, but are not eligible for behavioral health services. Children cannot be seen at the Health Center.
Services covered by the health fee are subject to change in future years.