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Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Smith Campus Center, Harvard Square, 75 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-5711 • TTY: 617-495-1211

Below is a summary of the services available at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). Please see for detailed, up-to-date information.

Services at Smith Campus Center include:

  • Urgent Care (24-hours)
  • Primary care
  • Counseling and Mental health
  • Medical/surgical subspecialties

Primary care and some counseling and mental health services are also available at each of the three satellite clinics located on the Law School, Business School, and  Medical Area campuses.


If you experience a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.

Smith Campus Center, Harvard Square, 75 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

Urgent care for non-routine, urgent medical and mental health concerns or symptoms is available 24 hours a day at the Smith Campus Center location.  Students can schedule same-day non-routine appointments online through the Patient Portal. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to call their health care team or mental health provider for advice during regular office hours.

Other services include:

  • Pharmacy
  • Dental services
  • Vision care and eye services
  • Optical shop

Note: Not all of these services are covered by insurance.

Required Immunizations

Massachusetts has strict immunization requirements that you must meet in order to register for classes. Immunizations help protect you from illnesses and contribute to the overall well-being of our community. We encourage you to receive any required immunizations before you arrive at Harvard, as many private health plans will cover the cost. If you are unable to obtain these prior to your arrival on campus, you may arrange to get immunizations at various locations in the area, including HUHS. Please note that your health plan may not cover immunizations you receive at HUHS, in which case you will be responsible for the cost of the immunizations. Please note that the Student Health Insurance Plan covers preventive immunizations only at HUHS; however, the Student Health Insurance Plan does not cover immunizations that are required for registration purposes.


The Patient Advocate is available to assist students with any questions, comments, or concerns. All communications are confidential. The Patient Advocate can be reached at or 617-495-7583.


The confidentiality of all records and other medical information about patients at HUHS is protected to the full extent of the law. Written authorization from the student is necessary to release record information to any third party except in highly unusual circumstances as required by law, or as indicated in the HUHS Notice of Privacy Practices.

The Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP)

HUSHP Member Services

Below is a summary of information regarding the Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP). Please visit for additional details.

Required Student Health Insurance

Massachusetts law requires that students enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts participate in a student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. All Harvard students are automatically enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) and the cost of the program is applied to their student bill.

HUSHP is comprised of two parts, the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Student Health Fee

Required of all students who are more than half time and studying in Massachusetts. This fee covers most services at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), including internal medicine, most medical/surgical specialty care, mental health/counseling services, physical therapy, radiology, and urgent care.

Student Health Insurance Plan

Provides hospital/specialty care through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and prescription drug coverage through Catamaran. Coverage includes emergency room visits, hospitalizations, diagnostic lab/radiology services, ambulatory surgery, specialty care outside HUHS (limited), and prescription drug coverage. Benefit limits and cost-sharing may apply——visit for more details.

Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan

Students enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan may be eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. Waivers must be completed by the appropriate deadline or the charges will remain on your student bill. The deadline to waive is July 31 for the fall term (or full academic year) and January 31 for the spring term.

  • Before waiving, carefully evaluate whether your existing health plan will provide adequate, comprehensive coverage in the Boston area. Please review the waiver checklist on the HUSHP website for guidance. You will be fully responsible for all medical claims and prescription drug costs if you waive the Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • International students studying on campus at Harvard are not eligible to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan with foreign insurance, including those with a U.S. based administrator. This is a requirement pursuant to the Massachusetts student health program regulations.

For detailed information on the Harvard University Student Health Program policies, benefits, limitations, and exclusions, including waiver eligibility and dependent enrollment, please visit For more information, please contact Member Services at