UHS Timeline


UHS works on its third Strategic Initiative (v3.1)


UHS (especially Global and Community Health) leads public health efforts to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, including quarantine and isolation protocol, contact tracing, and symptomatic testing. Collaborative University efforts include vaccination clinics, asymptomatic testing and communications.


The Elcan Family Fund for Wellness Innovation is generously gifted to Campus Life. It allows for the launch of TigerWell, a collaborative, cross-campus health, wellbeing, and resilience initiative that coordinates and amplifies existing resources.


Launch of Global and Community Health unit

McCosh drawing

UHS renovates Medical Services to better support state of the art college health practice


During a measles outbreak, Employee Health is instrumental in determining clearance for at-risk students and employees


UHS works on its second Strategic Initiative

2013 - 2015

Through an FDA investigational new drug application, more than 13,000 doses of a serogroup B vaccine were administered to undergraduate students, and select graduate students and employees to respond to an outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease.

2011 - 2014

UHS develops and launches its first organization-wide Strategic Initiative


H1N1 Influenza Outbreak


The Mind-Body Team was formed, leading to new interventions in the area of mindfulness therapies and the contemplative sciences


The Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office was created


The Occupational Medicine division (now Employee Health) was formed to meet the needs of employees


UHS became the 13th college health service to be accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)


Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) was created, and has been an active student voice for campus healthcare to the present day


A Health Education area (now called Health Promotion and Prevention Services) was created to focus on prevention


The Sexuality Education Counseling and Health (SECH) Program, a division for reproductive health care, was initiated


The Counseling Center (now called Counseling and Psychological Services) became a division of University Health Services


The Department of Health was renamed University Health Services and expanded to include clinical and counseling services, with a reduction in the size of the Infirmary service

1942 - 1944

Infirmary used as multipurpose building for Navy and Army during World War II

Dr. Harry McPhee
1933 - 1964

Dr. Harry R. McPhee, team physician, established the Athletic Medicine department

Second Isabella McCosh Infirmary

Construction of the second Isabella McCosh Infirmary, through funds raised by the University and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary, to accommodate increasing enrollment


Princeton University, along with 51 other U.S. universities, formed the American College Health Association (ACHA), the first association to advance health and well-being of college students.

Joseph E. Raycroft
1911 - 1936

Joseph E. Raycroft, founding member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) was appointed Chairman of Health and Physical Education


Founding of Department of Health and Physical Education 

Dr. Stewart Paton
1910 - 1926

Dr. Stewart Paton became the first College Psychiatrist. His influential activities were pursued long before mental health was widely perceived as an important factor in overall health.

John McD. Carnochan
1908 - 1928

John McD. Carnochan '96, was appointed University Physician in charge of the Infirmary

Josephine Perry Morgan

Josephine Perry Morgan founded The Ladies Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary and served as its first president

First McCosh Infirmary

Construction of the first Isabella McCosh Infirmary


The Malaria and Typhoid Fever Epidemic resulted in the death of 10 students. The Trustees of Princeton University authorized the creation of a Sanitary Committee to improve the sewage problems on campus.

Isabella G. McCosh
1868 - 1888

Isabella G. McCosh, wife of University President James McCosh and unofficial "Director of Campus Health Services", visited and cared for sick students

John McClean Jr.
1854 - 1868

University President, Reverend John McClean Jr., cared for sick students in his home