Health Services

Health Services

Departments | Contact Information | Columbia Health Fee
Student Medical Insurance Plan | Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunity

Columbia Health provides integrated, accessible services and programs that support the well-being of the campus community, and the personal and academic development of students on the Morningside Campus. Columbia Health comprises more than 120 medical providers, dietitians, disability specialists, health educators, therapists, psychiatrists, peer counselors, student personnel, support staff, and administrative professionals. All programs and services provided by Columbia Health adhere to strict standards of confidentiality in compliance with State and Federal laws.


Alice! Health Promotion Program

The Alice! Health Promotion Program recognizes that health is a vital part of learning, and works to create and sustain a healthy campus community in which students can achieve their personal and academic goals. Alice! coordinates Stressbusters, CU Move, and the Go Ask Alice! health and wellness Q&A Internet resource.

Contact Information:

700 Alfred Lerner Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5453

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing short-term individual counseling for students, couples counseling for students and their partners, student-life support groups, and medication consultations. Emergency consultations are available to the entire university community.

Contact Information:

Alfred Lerner Hall, 8th Floor
Phone: (212) 854-2878

Disability Services

Disability Services facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services.
Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, or programs that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to Columbia’s programs and activities. Examples include the administration of exams, services such as note taking, sign language interpreters, or assistive technology, as well as coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are custom-designed to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documented needs and the student’s program requirements.
Registration includes submission of both the Registration form and disability documentation. The application and disability documentation guidelines are available online and at the Disability Services office. Students are encouraged to register within the first two weeks of the semester to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be made for that term. Please note that students are not eligible to receive reasonable accommodations until the registration process is complete.
Disability Services Liaisons are designated faculty or staff from each school, academic program, or campus service who work with Disability Services to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities.

Contact Information:
108A Wien Hall (Morningside)
101 Bard Hall (CUMC)
Phone: (212) 854-2388 (Voice/TTY)
(212) 854-3448


Medical Services

Medical Services provides comprehensive care for routine, urgent, and chronic medical needs of students. Medical Services also provides sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, travel medicine services, LGBTQ health care, immunizations, and referrals. Medical Services includes the Travel Medicine Program, Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS), and the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP).

Contact Information:
John Jay Hall, 3rd & 4th Floors
Phone: (212) 854-7426

Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response educates students and administrators about consent and coercion, and promotes community standards for a respectful and safe campus. Through its programs and services, Sexual Violence Response fosters individual and collective action to end sexual and relationship violence. The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center provides peer counseling, advocacy, and education to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence. The Men's Peer Education Program provides educational events, prevention strategies, and leadership training programs to engage men to end sexual and relationship violence. For information about how to report sexual assault, please refer to the contact information below.

Contact Information:
Melissa Tihinen
Senior Manager of Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct
701A Alfred Lerner Hall
(212) 854-1717

Contact Information

(See the Columbia Health website for complete contact information.)

On-Campus Emergency Resources

General Information

(212) 854-2284

Urgent after-hours medical and mental health concerns

(212) 854-9797

Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS)

(212) 854-5555

Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

(212) 854-HELP
(212) 854-WALK


(212) 854-5555 x99

Off-Campus Emergency Resources

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Emergency Room

(212) 523-3335

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Psychiatric Emergency Room

(212) 523-3347

Columbia Health Fee

By paying the Columbia Health Fee, students enroll in the Columbia Health Program and are granted access to the programs and services provided on-campus through the five Columbia Health departments. The fee also includes coverage for specific off-campus services.

The fee is mandatory and automatically billed through the Student Account Statement to all full-time students and to those who elect enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. Other students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. The fee is then added to the Student Account Statement. After paying the fee, students pay no additional charges when using services provided on campus, except for immunizations and travel assessments.

The fee provides coverage for services from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of the following year. Full program descriptions and directions for utilizing the benefits under the Columbia Health Program may be viewed on the Health Services website.

Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan

University policy requires all registered full-time students to have acceptable health insurance coverage. Columbia University offers the Student Medical Insurance Plan, which provides both the Comprehensive and Basic levels of coverage. The Columbia Plan is administered by Aetna Student Health and is underwritten by Aetna. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Basic level of the plan and billed for the insurance premium in addition to the Columbia Health Fee. Part-time students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program and in the Student Medical Insurance Plan.

For detailed information about medical insurance coverage options and directions for confirming enrollment, upgrading coverage, or requesting a waiver, visit the Health Services website.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Decision

New York State public health law requires that college and university students receive information from their institutions about Meningococcal Meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the disease that occur on university campuses. Columbia University students must certify their Meningitis vaccination decision on the Columbia Health website. Students must use their individual University Network ID (UNI) and password to provide this certification, which must be completed before registration for classes is permitted.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

New York State public health law requires that college and university students taking 6 or more credits provide documentation of immunity to MMR before their first term of study. There are several ways to document immunity.