Accessing Medical Care in Spring 2024

Updated 4/17/24

All students can access UHS’s services for free, regardless of insurance provider (SHP or private/parent or guardian’s insurance).

Learn more about:

Determining Care Options

  • For acute illnesses (e.g., cough, fever, runny nose, injury, skin rash, earache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea), UHS Medical Services’ model of care utilizes a phone triage system where highly skilled Medical Services clinicians obtain clinical information that determines whether or not a student needs an in-person appointment and how urgently. 
    • In some cases, this assessment is enough to determine that it is reasonably safe for a student to continue with self-care at their residence without having to come to McCosh. The clinician will provide additional care instructions.
    • When in-person appointments are appropriate, we aim to see students with acute complaints within 48 hours.
  • For preventive care, primary care (including the management of chronic conditions), athletic medicinetravel health and sexual health and wellness appointments, you may call the UHS front desk at 609-258-3141 to be scheduled with a provider or check your online MyUHS portal for appointment availability. Select appointments can be conducted via telehealth with our medical providers through an online platform. 

For Urgent and Emergent Care

Outpatient Medical Services and after-hours Infirmary are open for sudden, urgent/emergent care needs. 

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency (e.g., allergic reaction), call 911 to be connected to Public Safety.

Scheduling your Appointment

Call the front desk at 609-258-3141 to speak to a client services representative who can arrange for urgent evaluation if you feel ill or to help you schedule any type of appointment. They can also help answer questions or assist you when you cannot find an appropriate appointment online.

Note: the busiest call times are Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Calling outside of these times may result in a quicker response.

Many types of medical appointments (e.g., Immunizations/Allergy Shots, Athletic Training, Nutrition, Sexual Health and Wellness, Gender Affirming Care) can be scheduled online. 

Preparing for your Appointment

Visit your MyUHS online portal and opt-in to receive text message reminders about your appointments.

You will also receive email reminders with instructions to complete any forms required for your appointment.

For telehealth appointments 

If you are having a virtual/telehealth appointment and are concerned about privacy, see some suggestions or spaces you can reserve:

Tips for making your space more private
  • Schedule your meeting for a time when you are alone (e.g., roommate is out/in class)
  • Use headphones
  • Utilize the chat feature, as needed
  • Contact your college office to see if there are private spaces you can reserve

Reserve a space

  • Gender + Sexuality Resource Center, Women*s Center Conference Room, 243 Frist Campus Center
  • Gender + Sexuality Resource Center, Rainbow Room, 246 Frist Campus Center
  • Center for Career Development, Interview Room, 36 University Place, Suite 200
    • When reserving this room you will be asked to answer the following questions.  Please answer them as follows:
      • Employer Contact: McCosh Health Center
      • Employer Contact Email: [email protected]
      • Type of position: other
      • Did you apply through Handshake: no
  • Princeton University Libraries, Study Spaces 
  • Many Residential Colleges have spaces that can be used for telehealth appointments (e.g., rehearsal rooms, etc.)
    • Contact the College Office Coordinator of your residential college if you would like to inquire about reserving a space.  
    • Email [email protected] to reserve space in the Yeh College office (in Fu Hall) for telehealth appointments.

Contact for Questions

For general questions, call the UHS front desk at 609-258-3141.