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Student Health Care Center
The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) provides outpatient medical services
that include primary medical care, health screening programs, health education,
sexual assault recovery services and mental health counseling. The Accreditation
Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. accredits the SHCC.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dietitians,
psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health counselors staff the SHCC. The
SHCC has a convenient, appointment-based system designed to encourage continuity
of care. Students are assigned a medical provider in a team. This provider will
see the student throughout his/her educational career at UF. Students should
first phone to receive a same-day appointment with their provider. Each team
has a registered nurse whom you can phone and discuss medical concerns and questions.
The health education staff provides counseling and an extensive campus outreach
including the GatorWell program. In addition, the SHCC also provides a pharmacy,
clinical laboratory and radiology services. Health services available for university
students include: immunizations, foreign travel consultation, women's health
care, specialized programs for students with eating disorders and alcohol and
substance abuse, an acute care clinic and a sports medicine clinic. A current
description of all services, hours and special events is listed on the SHCC
Web site, www.health.ufl.edu/shcc.
There is no charge for an office visit with SHCC clinical staff, health education
or mental health services. Fee-for-service charges are assessed for laboratory
tests, X-rays, medical procedures, medications, physical therapy, massage therapy
and consultation with health care specialists. CPR and first-aid classes also
are available for a fee. All the services are located in the Infirmary building,
which is located on Fletcher Drive on campus. Limited SHCC services also are
available at SHCC at Shands Satellite Clinic.
The fall and spring SHCC hours for medical care are 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on
weekdays and noon - 4:00 p.m. on week-ends and most holidays. Student Mental
Health hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday and noon - 4 p.m. on weekends/holidays. Clinic hours vary during
semester breaks and holidays. Summer hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. A medical provider and mental health counselor are available
by phone for urgent questions that require advice after hours.
All students registered for classes at the university are eligible for service.
Spouses, postdoctoral students and semester-off students who plan to return
the following semester may receive services if they pay an optional health fee.
A Student Government-sponsored health insurance plan is available.
HIV Infection: The university's policy is to assess the needs of students,
faculty or employees with HIV infection on a case-by-case basis. With permission
of the affected individual, the director of the Student Health Care Center
will assist in the coordination of resources and services.
The confidentiality of the individual's HIV status, as well as the individual's
wel-fare, is respected. Breach of confidentiality of information obtained by
a university employee in an official university capacity may result in disciplinary
Based on current medical information concerning risk of infection, the university
does not isolate persons with HIV infection or AIDS from other individuals
in the educational or work setting. Furthermore, the university supports the
continued participation, to the fullest extent reasonably possible, of these
individuals in the campus educational/work environment.
It is also the policy of the university to provide education that seeks to prevent
the spread of HIV infection. Those at risk for HIV infection are encouraged
to get tested; those who are infected are urged to seek treatment. With current
advances in HIV /AIDS treatment, early intervention is crucial to maintain well-being
and delay complications of the illness.
In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the university considers
HIV/AIDS to be a disability. Students or employees who are disabled by HIV infection
or AIDS can utilize existing support services.
Medical Excuse Note Policy: The Student Health Care Center can provide
a medical excuse note only if our providers are involved in the medical care
of a student who must be absent from class for three or more days for medical
reasons. A student who has a medical reason that results in fewer than three
days of absence from class should talk with his/her professor rather than ask
for an excuse note from the SHCC. If a professor subsequently requires a note
for a medical absence of fewer than three days, then the professor must provide
the SHCC with a written request on UF department letterhead.