Student Health Service
The Student Health Service (SHS) cares deeply about the health and well-being of every graduate student. The mission of SHS is to provide high-quality prevention, health education, primary health care, and pharmacy services in order to enhance student living and learning. SHS has established a comprehensive health care program that includes an outpatient clinic with an array of medical services, a full-service pharmacy, and health education programming.
The wellness student fee covers an array of health care services. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Primary medical care for acute and chronic medical conditions
- Women’s health and gynecological services, including intrauterine device (IUD) insertion
- Men’s health services
- LGBTQIA+ services
- Basic laboratory and radiology services
- Orthopaedic care
- Physical therapy
- Psychiatric services
- Nutrition counseling
- Sexual health and contraceptive counseling
- Rapid oral HIV testing
- Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug counseling
- Referrals to specialists when necessary
- Allergy injections
- Immunizations, including free flu shots
- Travel health assessments
- Specialty laboratory and radiology tests
- Holistic services, including acupuncture
- Complete physical exams (with required paperwork/forms)
SHS accepts health insurance and will file a claim with your insurance company for services rendered. As a provision of the mandatory wellness fee, graduate students are not charged a copayment. Your insurance company, however, will determine if some or all of the charges incurred will be covered by your policy.
The Wellness Center is in Nordenberg Hall, 119 University Place.
The University Pharmacy is available to graduate students and their families. Pharmacy services include:
- filling prescriptions from any practitioner, even from out of state;
- ordering items or products not routinely stocked;
- transferring prescriptions to and from the pharmacy;
- offering a wide variety of over-the-counter medications, often priced lower than at commercial drugstores;
- providing discounted copayments for prescription drugs for students enrolled in Pitt’s medical plans; and
- providing individual, confidential medication counseling services.
The University Pharmacy is in Nordenberg Hall, 103 University Place.
Center for Integrative Medicine
The Center for Integrative Medicine, located at UPMC Shadyside, provides services intended to complement—not replace—more conventional medical treatments. Therapies are available to treat adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, and other conditions. The center provides classes in yoga, mindful yoga, and mindfulness meditation.
Note: Most services are not covered by insurance plans. Pitt’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies offers a limited number of scholarships for classes.