Services We Offer
Overview of Services
The University of Southern Mississippi's Student Health Services offers general medical care for all students, faculty, and staff of this university. A $20 student fee is charged for each visit to see a health care provider and can be placed on your student ID. Other services such as lab, x-ray, and pharmacy are not included in the $20 fee. Students must present their photo ID at time of visit. Faculty and staff are charged an office visit fee.
Our staff treats a wide range of health problems, including acute minor illnesses such as colds, sinus problems, and allergies; and chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. We offer preventive health service, including women’s health exams, cholesterol screening, smoking cessation, and a men’s health program.
Under the umbrella of our student health services, we have a full- service laboratory, an X-ray facility, and a pharmacy located within the clinic facility. There are fees associated with these services.
Remember, appointments are encouraged. Our staff will see appointments before walk-in patients. Please be sure that your address, phone number, and e-mail address are current each semester.
We do accept and file insurance for our services. We are only in network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (this includes State and School Employees).
We will issue excuse notes for students who miss class or work for appointments or illness. If you lose or need an additional excuse note there is a $5.00 fee (cash or check only) for duplicates.
Allergy sufferers can receive their allergy injections at the Student Health Service. The patient will have to provide their medication with orders from their prescribing physician.
Allergy medication will be stored/refrigerated at the Student Health Services.
Two doses of measles-containing vaccine(usually administered as MMR vaccine) are required for all first-time enterers to all Mississippi colleges and universities and must be obtained before the new student will be permitted to receive a class schedule and attend classes.
An Immunization Form (2-page PDF) must be completed by your health care provider and sent back (in a timely manner) to the admissions/registration office. Doing this in advance will simplify the registration process for both students and college officials.
Re-Immunization is necessary when:
1. Measles vaccine was administered before 12 months of age and/or before January 1, 1968.
2. Rubella vaccine was administered before 12 months of age and/or before 1969
Rubella and Measles are not required for females who may be pregnant. If pregnancy is suspected, a valid certificate of Medical Exemption from Immunization Requirements for adults is required until pregnancy is resolved.
Measles vaccine is not required for persons born before 01-01-1957.
In addition to the required immunizations listed above, the following shots are recommended, but not required:
• Hepatitis B (a series of three shots)
• Meningococcal vaccine (Menomune®), especially for freshmen living on campus.
• Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) – A booster of Td within the last 10 years
For further information on immunizaiton requirements or recommendations, refer to the link for CDC Immunization Schedules, MSDH Immunization Schedule for Adults, or the MSDH Immunization Schedule for Children.
Travel Abroad Immunizations
A list of specific immunizations and vaccines needed for traveling out of the country is available on the CDC website. These vaccines can be obtained at Student Health Services.
Registered laboratory technologists operate a full-service laboratory located in Student Health Services for your convenience. A wide range of laboratory testing is available during office hours and most lab results are available while you wait.
X-ray services are also available and preformed by certified technicians on chest and extremities (i.e. hands, legs, fingers, etc.)
Women's Health Services
Preventative Health Care
Annual physicals and Pap tests
STD screening and counseling
HIV testing and counseling
Contraception and Contraceptive counseling
Emergency Contraception (morning after pill)
Pregnancy testing (although we do testing, we can not see pregnant women as patients for any condition)
Sexual Assault assistance- Abusive Relationships. The Sexual Assault Crisis Center can be reached at 264-7777
Stress, depression and anxiety are increasingly prevalent on college campuses. If you or someone you know develops symptoms such as:
• Problems with eating or sleeping
• Increased use of alcohol and drugs
• Problems making decisions
• Persistently sad, anxious, or empty moods
• Difficulty concentrating, or remembering
• Physical symptoms like headache, digestive symptoms and chronic pain
They/You may benefit from seeing a professional about mental health concerns.
The Student Health Services staff will be happy to assist you. Additionally, counseling is available free of charge at the University Counseling Center located in Kennard Washington Hall. Or, call, 601-266-4829.
The Office of Health Promotion is available to provide information on various health topics and promote healthy behaviors to college students. Health educators are available to develop programs and give lectures to classes, residence halls, and student organization about health concerns of college students.
A licensed pharmacist fills prescriptions from health care providers both within and outside Student Health Services. Over-the-counter medications are also available for purchased without a prescription.
Show your insurance card before purchasing prescriptions.