University Health Services (UHS) is the student health center at UW–Madison. We endeavor to provide high-quality care in a manner that is culturally respectful, fiscally responsible, and developmentally appropriate to student needs.
Our stated mission is “To enhance learning and student success by promoting, protecting, and restoring health and well-being.”
At UHS, we have an integrated care model, combining a wide range of medical, mental health counseling, prevention, and wellness services to help support individual students so they can be personally and academically healthy and successful. On average, we do more than 70,000 student visits a year in our combined services.
But our services are also designed to promote and protect the health of our campus community as a whole, so that students benefit from our work whether or not they ever walk through our doors. UHS has a range of public health responsibilities, from administering influenza vaccinations to performing food safety training and testing in all Housing and Union food service facilities to communicating about disease outbreaks and other potential health concerns that affect our campus.
We are also part of the educational mission of the campus, both in the for-credit classes taught by members of our staff, in our outreach efforts and materials, and in our commitment to helping students graduate with the skills they need to be stewards of their health care for life. If there are ways that we can improve our services to meet your needs, we hope that you will let us know.
UHS values all cultures, backgrounds, genders, and orientations represented in the UW-Madison community and strives to be a safe and inclusive environment that meets the needs of our diverse student population. We aim to provide high quality medical, mental health, and prevention services in a multiculturally competent manner that recognizes individual and group differences. We hope that you will let us know how we can improve our services to better meet your needs.
We hope that you will let us know how we can improve our services to better meet your needs.
All UW–Madison students who are enrolled for credit during a fall, spring, or summer semester and pay segregated fees are eligible to use UHS during that academic term. There are also some services available to non-students. Learn more about Who Can Use UHS »
“The University Health Service” was founded in December 1910, a time when college campuses regularly confronted outbreaks of infectious diseases such as typhoid. For the first 80 years, the health service was primarily a medical clinic, although in 1968, it initiated an Environmental Health Program to help maintain air, water, and food safety on campus. In 1993, the university's Counseling and Consultation Services became part of UHS, which resulted in a name change to become “University Health Services.” At this time, UHS began to broaden its prevention services, and the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources also joined UHS.
Most UHS funding comes from tuition and the Student Health Fee, one of the segregated fees paid by all students who are enrolled for course credit. For that reason, there is no charge for most UHS services. To maintain a financial structure that delivers a wide range of services while keeping costs as low as possible, UHS does charge for some products and services, such as most immunizations, third-party physicals, and crutches. Some UHS functions are supported by grant funding. Learn more about Costs and Billing »