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USF 1999-2000 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 29 - 30

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) at USF is provided as an integral part of the students academic life and furnishes health service specifically designed to meet the needs of the students and the community in which the students will be residing and studying. Having SHS available is essential because adding several thousand young adults into a community health care system can overload the local system and result in inadequate care for the students involved.

Here at USF we provide a professional staff that understands the imperatives students face and can work within those. The academic calendars, the sense of urgency, the sense of immortality, for example, can make the encounters with our patients into valuable educational opportunities instead of simply visits to treat the perceived symptoms. It is our belief that college health is about treating the ailment and at the same time assessing and intervening with that student’s behavioral and medical health risks. It is about preventing illness in students who never visit our health center. It is about instilling healthy lifestyles in all students on campus. Our service is about our relationship and links to the many academic and university departments that may serve this student. In addition, college health is about teaching this model of care to the health care community and studying our services and care in an academic model.

Our staff has a public health sensitivity that can see the issues of living in residence halls, eating in dining halls, worrying about all the extracurricular activities and the possibility of future employment. The student faces difficulties when relating to faculty, exposing themselves to risks, and doing all without very many significant adults in their lives to provide a foundation on which they can build that health style they will have to rely on for the rest of their lives. We add an educational component which helps to carry the message beyond the clinic and into life.

We have the belief and the driving passion that college health encompasses the ability to assess student’s physical, emotional, and social health in the context of their cultural and academic influences. This service encompasses and interacts within the campus community, and includes the best of health promotion and prevention. In addition, this care must be provided within a multidisciplinary team that includes medical, nursing, counseling, health promotion, and ancillary services staff.

The SHS staff is comprised of licensed general practice M.D.s, registered nurses, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, a board certified physician’s assistant, licensed practical nurses and assistants, licensed laboratory technologists, certified health educators, a registered dietitian, and administrative personnel.

Location and Hours

SHS is located east of the USF Bookstore and north of the Student Services Building. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 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).

Eligibility and Fees

SHS provides services to any health fee paying registered student with a valid student ID card. USF Tampa Campus students are assessed a health fee that is included in their tuition each semester. Students registered on campuses other than Tampa may pay a voluntary health fee. Students taking a semester off may elect to pay a health fee at SHS entitling them to the same benefits as any student who is currently registered.

The Health Fee entitles students to:


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

Health Insurance

You should not wait until you are ill to visit Student Health Services. 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 you in understanding the student health insurance plan and encourages all registered students who do not have health insurance to enroll. Remember a visit to the Student Insurance Office in Room 103 at the Student Health Services can remove your worries regarding health insurance and assist you in your pursuit of a successful academic career.

Health Education Programs

Student Health Services Health Education Department staffed by Certified Health Educators, a Licensed Registered Dietitian, and other support personnel provides services to assist students in obtaining a high level of health and well being. Staff is available for student consultations on an individual or group basis. Programs can be tailored to fit the special needs of your group or organization.


Medical History Form:

A Mandatory Medical History Form is 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
Fax: (813) 974-5888
Telephone: (813) 974-4056 or 974-2331

SUS Immunization Policy and requirements for registration:

As a prerequisite to matriculation or registration, the State University System of Florida shall require all students born after 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to RUBEOLA (measles). All students less than 40 years of age shall present documented proof of immunity to RUBELLA. Consistent with Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services guidelines, acceptable proof of immunity is as follows:

(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. 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 stationery, that specifies the date seen, and stating 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).

RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES): Students are considered immune to Rubella only if they have documentation as follows:

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 thirty (30) days, and no more than three (3) months later. It is recommended that both doses of measles vaccine be given as a combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL FEMALES SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE VACCINATED IF THERE IS ANY POSSIBILITY OF PREGNANCY. Temporary Medical exemptions must be submitted by the attending physician and must include reason for exemption and duration of exemption.

USF Student Health Services, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, SHS 100 Tampa FL 33620-6750, (813) 974-2331, FAX (813) 974-5888.

SUS Health Insurance Requirement for International Students

The Board of Regents of the State University System in Florida requires that all international students have medical insurance in order to register for classes at USF. The Florida State University System's International Student Health Insurance Requirement is as follows:

As of Fall, 1992, no foreign student in F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 non-immigrant status shall be permitted to register, or to continue enrollment without demonstrating that (s)he has adequate medical coverage for illness or accidental injury. An appropriate health insurance policy must have the following elements present:

  1. 52 weeks continuous coverage

  2. Basic benefits: room, board, hospital services, physician fees, surgeon fees, ambulance, out-patient services and out-patient fees paid at 80*-. of usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) charge after deductible is met.

  3. In-patient mental health care: 50% of UCR charges with a thirty (30) day cap.

  4. Out-patient mental health care: 50% of UCR charges with a $100.00 cap

  5. Maternity benefits: treated as any other medical condition

  6. In-patient/Out-patient prescription medication

  7. Repatriation: $7,500.00 coverage to return remains to the home country in the event of death.

  8. Medical evacuation: $10,000.00 coverage to permit patient to be returned to home country for medical treatment.

  9. Exclusion period for preexisting conditions: six months.

  10. Deductible: $50.00 per illness/accident if treatment is given at USF Student Health Services; $100.00 per illness/accident if treatment is given elsewhere.

  11. Aggregate cap: $200,000.00 per illness/accident.

Students must show proof of appropriate health insurance coverage before registration. An insurance policy is available at Student Health Services which is recommended by the ISSS at USF.

Exchange visitors, such as visiting research scholars must follow Federal Regulations regarding their insurance. These regulations implementing the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 as amended by Public Law 87-256 require that all exchange visitors in J-1 non-immigration status and their dependents in J-2 non-immigration status must also demonstrate the possession of adequate medical insurance for illness or accidental injury.

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Effective Date: Semester I, 1999