Undergraduate Course Catalog 2013-2014
The University has a nationally accredited (aaahc.org) health and wellness program.
Health and Counseling Fee
All UNH degree students who take five or more credit hours/semester or non-degree students who take thirteen or more credit hours/semester are required to pay the Health Services and Counseling fee. This fee allows students to access services at Heath Services and/or the Counseling Center on campus and covers many services at no or reduced cost. When combined with a student’s health insurance coverage, the Health Services and Counseling fee provides for a complete health care package. A student's health insurance is never billed for services covered by the Health Services and Counseling fee.
UNH requires health insurance as a condition of enrollment for full-time degree students at its Durham and Manchester campuses. Students who already have health insurance are able to waive coverage under the University-sponsored plan if their insurance plan meets or exceeds the established waiver criteria by completing a waiver prior to the deadline. International students with F-1 and J-1 visas will be required to purchase the UNH Health Benefits Plan.
Health Record Requirement
In order to provide effective care, Health Services requires that undergraduate students who have been formally accepted for bachelor’s or associate’s degree candidacy have health information on file with Health Services. This information will include three forms provided by Health Services on its website at www.unh.edu/health-services. These include a physical assessment and immunization form, to be completed by a medical provider and mailed to Health Services, and a health history form, to be completed and submitted by the student online.
Documentation of proof of immunity to MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) is required (UNH Academic Policy 02.14). Students must meet one of the following criteria for proof of immunity: received two vaccinations at least one month apart after 12 months of age; three positive measles, mumps, and rubella titers (blood test); health provider documentation of past history of the diseases including three positive measles, mumps, and rubella titers proving immunity; or born before 1957. Students requesting a religious exemption from measles vaccinations must complete the UNH Health Services Request for Exemption and submit appropriate documentation. Students from countries where TB is endemic are required to either provide documentation of being tested within six months prior to enrollment or provide documentation of treatment for either latent or active TB or a negative chest radiograph if the test is positive. It is the responsibility of students to complete the forms before the beginning of classes. Any student failing to complete these requirements may not be cleared to register for future classes.
Health Services provides comprehensive, student-focused, primary medical care through a team approach. The clinical staff consists of board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants who are committed to prevention and holistic care. Primary medical care is provided for a large variety of common concerns. Examples include respiratory illnesses, injuries, asthma, dermatologic issues, intestinal disorders, men’s health, and mental health. Women’s health services include annual examinations, diagnoses and treatment related to abnormal Pap smears, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, limited sexual assault services, and other women’s health concerns. An outreach nurse assists with problems arising from hospitalization and health withdrawals and return to campus. Other services include allergy/immunization clinics and a travel clinic. Students may speak by telephone with a triage nurse for advice at any time. Clinical support services include laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy. Not all services are available during the summer or breaks.
During the academic year, UNH Health Services has an agreement with a local hospital to provide after-hours services when a student’s medical needs cannot wait until Health Services is open.
Well-staffed and well-equipped community hospitals are nearby, and emergency ambulance service is available in Durham at all times.
All students seeking assistance with health-related (physical or mental) withdrawals from the University, or those who will be out for extended periods of time due to health issues, should be in touch with the executive director of Health Services at (603) 862-1098. Information is also available on the web at www.unh.edu/health-services/withdrawals.html.
Office of Health Education and Promotion
The Office of Health Education and Promotion coordinates health promotion activities on campus. Services provided include educational programs/workshops, individual and group support to promote healthy lifestyle choices, education and support to students living with chronic illnesses, confidential HIV testing and counseling, alcohol and other drug counseling, nutritional counseling, stress management counseling, biofeedback, light therapy, massage therapy, smoking cessation services, and a resource library with materials on a variety of health and wellness topics. For more information, visit the Health Services website at www.unh.edu/health-services.