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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 23 - 25

Student Health Services

Location/phone: SHS is located east of the USF Bookstore and north of the Student Services Building, (813) 974-2331, FAX (813) 974-8391.

Address: 4202 East Fowler Avenue, SHS 100 Tampa FL 33620-6750

Internet: www.shsweb.shs.usf.edu

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (hours may vary on holidays and semester breaks). SHS is closed on weekends.

After Hours Consultation: An SHS physician is available by telephone after hours to provide medical advice and direction for currently enrolled USF students. The on-call physician may be contacted at the SHS telephone number, 974-2331.

Emergency Services: SHS does not provide ambulance services. If students require emergency services or immediate medical attention after hours, two nearby facilities are the University Community Hospital (971-6000) on Fletcher Avenue (north of campus) and the Doctor’s walk-in Clinic (977-2777) on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (west of campus).

Student Health Services (SHS) provides primary health care and health education services to all eligible registered students.

The SHS staff is comprised of general practice physicians, board certified specialists, advanced registered nurse practitioners, board certified physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and assistants, licensed laboratory technologists, certified health educators, a registered dietitian, and administrative personnel. SHS strives to provide the best possible care for the university student community.

Eligibility and Fees: SHS provides services to any registered student with a valid student ID card who has paid the Tampa campus health fee. USF Tampa Campus students are assessed this health fee and it is included in their tuition each semester. Students registered on campuses other than Tampa may volunteer to pay this health fee. Students taking a semester off may also elect to pay this health fee, entitling them to the same benefits as any student who is currently registered.

The Health Fee entitles students to

Prescriptions: SHS does not operate a pharmacy; the physicians dispense frequently prescribed medications at the time of the visit. If the necessary medication prescribed is not available in the inventory, a prescription will be written which can be filled at any local pharmacy.

Health Insurance: For Student Health Services to provide optimal service to students, it is important that they have adequate health insurance. The Student Insurance Office (SIO) with the assistance of the Insurance Committee has contracted a reliable health insurance company to provide our students with an affordable student health insurance plan for sickness and accidental injury tailored to the particular needs of college students. The SIO is there to assist students in understanding the available health insurance plans and encourages all registered students who do not have health insurance to visit the office located just west of SHS in the lower level of the Bookstore building (next to textbook buyback).

Health Education Programs: The Health Education functions as a resource for the university community regarding health and wellness issues and encourages responsible decision making and positive lifestyle choices. The Department is staffed by health educators, a registered and licensed dietitian, and other support personnel. A variety of information on health topics, as well as free blood pressure, height and weight readings are available. The following describes some other services provided. All are free and offered upon request, unless otherwise stated. For more information, call (813) 974-4936.

Individual Counseling

Outreach Education

REACH Peer Education Program (Responsible Education and Action for Campus Health)

REACH Peer Educators are selected and trained to provide innovative, non-threatening educational programs and activities regarding sexual responsibility, STI’s, contraception, alcohol and other drug awareness and general college health issues to fellow students. Workshops are presented in residence halls, academic classes, and to university student organizations. Peer educators are also involved with various health promotion activities and awareness campaigns. Students can get involved with the program as staff members or volunteers.

Mandatory Medical Requirements for Registration

  1. Medical History Form (required for all students, regardless of age)

    According to Florida Administrative Code Rule 6C-6.001(4) “Each student accepted for admission shall, prior to registration, submit on a form, provided by the institution, a medical history signed by the student.” New admits will be provided a Medical History/Immunization Form with their admissions letter. In order to register, this form must be completed, signed, and returned to:

    Student Health Services
    University of South Florida
    4202 East Fowler Avenue, SHS 100
    Tampa, FL 33620-6750
    Immunization Fax: (813) 974-5888
    Telephone: (813) 974-4056

  2. SUS Immunization Policy

    As a prerequisite to matriculation or registration, the State University System of Florida requires all students born after 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to RUBEOLA (measles) and RUBELLA (German measles). The documented date of immunization for both measles and rubella should indicate the day, month, and year. However, only month and year will suffice if the month and year indicate that the immunization was given at least 13 months after the month of birth. Exceptions to this policy may be granted in the event of valid medical contraindications, or for religious reasons.

    Consistent with Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services guidelines, acceptable proof of immunity for Rubeola (measles) and Rubella (German Measles) are as follows:

    1. RUBEOLA (MEASLES): Students can be considered immune to measles only if they have documentation of at least one of the following:

      1. Documentation of immunization with two (2) doses of live measles virus vaccine on or after the first birthday. Note: Persons vaccinated with killed or an unknown vaccine prior to 1968 must be revaccinated. Persons born before 1957 may be considered to have had a natural infection and, therefore, do not need measles vaccine.

      2. Laboratory serologic [IgG] evidence of measles immunity.

      3. A written, dated statement signed by a physician on his or her stationery, that specifies the date seen, and states that the person has had an illness characterized by a generalized rash lasting three (3) or more days, a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, a cough, and conjunctivitis, and, in the physician’s opinion, is diagnosed to have had the 10 day measles.

    2. RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES): Students are considered immune to Rubella only if they have documentation of immunization with live rubella virus vaccine on or after the first birthday or Laboratory (serologic) [IgG] evidence of rubella immunity.

    If the student has no documentation of any doses of measles vaccine, vaccine should be given at the time of entry and the second dose no less than twenty-eight (28) days later. It is recommended that both doses of measles vaccine be given as a combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Vaccinations and blood titers are available at Student Health Services.


    Temporary Medical exemptions must be submitted by the attending physician and must include reason for exemption and duration of exemption.

    Records will be kept in electronic (computer) form. Hard Copy proof submitted by students will not be available for return.

  3. Requirements for Students Residing on Campus - Florida Statute 339, Section 1006.69

    An individual enrolled in a post secondary educational institution who will be residing in on-campus housing shall provide documentation of vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B unless the individual, 18 years of age or older or the individual’s parents, if the individual is a minor, declines the vaccination by signing a separate waiver for each of these vaccines, provided by the institution acknowledging receipt and review of the information provided.

SUS Health Insurance Requirement for International Students

The State University System of Florida requires that all international students have medical insurance in order to register for classes at USF.

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004