University Health Services

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University Health Services (UHS) serves the institution’s mission by promoting the health and well-being of the campus population — a role that advances student learning while removing or ameliorating health-related educational barriers. 

Who We Are

A fully accredited facility, UHS provides responsive, high-quality clinical, preventive and consultative services to Princeton University undergraduate, graduate students and their dependents, as well as specialized services to faculty and staff. UHS contributes to Princeton’s larger purpose by assuring a level of health and well-being that supports every student’s potential and attainment of educational goals.

An integrated, evidence-informed care model guides all UHS practices and services. These services are comprehensive, equitable, and accessible. Using research-informed strategies, UHS leverages clinical encounters and prevention efforts to promote lifelong health and well-being among students and others in the Princeton community. We collaborate with many departments across campus and participate in regional and national initiatives related to emerging best practices in college health. UHS adopts a public health approach that both prevents and responds rapidly to illness and infectious disease outbreaks, and supports students’ capacity to make the most of their Princeton education.

University Health Services has a staff of over 100, including physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, clinical social workers, public health educators, registered nurses, nutritionists, athletics trainers and other healthcare professionals, technicians, educators and administrators.

OUR IMPACT

  • UHS clinicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year.
  • More than 78 percent of all students are seen each year at UHS. UHS typically provides more than 75,500 visits annually to the Princeton University community.
  • Each year, UHS staff engage in over 450–500 health-related outreach education and prevention activities, reaching the entire campus community.
  • UHS leads UMatter, a campus-wide health communication and harm reduction initiative, and administers TigerWell, supported by the Elcan Family Fund for Wellness Innovation, a series of efforts that engages students, staff, and faculty partners in cultivating a campus community that supports the mental health and well-being of all of its members. 

What We Do

UHS offers an array of service areas to promote students' learning and success, as well as employee health: 

  • Outpatient Medical Services — The outpatient medical unit provides comprehensive primary care, including diagnostic assessments and care coordination, same-day assessments for acute concerns and specialty care. Specialty medical areas are tailored to the needs of the students, and include global and community health, sexual health and wellness, athletic medicine and travel medicine.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services — UHS’s mental health and wellness center offers crisis intervention, urgent care, counseling, group modalities and psychiatric evaluations. Its specialty areas are eating concerns, alcohol and other drug use, sports psychology, emotion management, and mindfulness-based stress reduction and related practices.
  • Infirmary Services — A 15-bed unit and skilled nursing staff provide on-site assessment,triage and treatment 24/7 to students with urgent health care needs. Students who experience complex or severe health problems are also serviced by the infirmary through support with transitioning to and from hospital-level care.
  • Health Promotion and Prevention Services — Health Promotion and Prevention Services is comprised of a team of health promotion professionals that advocate for the conditions necessary for the equitable well-being of the Princeton community and all its members. HPPS staff provide health promotion content expertise and consultation, training and skills-building,  assessment, research, and communications. 
  • Sexual Harassment, Assault Advising, Resources and Education — The SHARE service provides crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, consultation, community education and prevention.
  • Occupational Health - Occupational Health provides occupational consultations for faculty,staff and students related to medical surveillance, workplace illness and injury, short-term disability, and prevention and wellness programs. Employee Health also provides travel health consultations to our campus. 
  • Quality and Performance Improvement — A program that employs a systematic, high impact approach to quality improvement across UHS. QPI addresses many performance areas, including the patient experience, service outcomes, stewardship and value driven healthcare, and employee engagement and job satisfaction.