University Park Health Center
At USC every effort is made to help you achieve and maintain good physical, mental and social health. USC University Park Health Center (UPHC) offers direct medical care and psychological counseling, as well as prevention programs to assist you in assuming responsibility for your personal well-being.
Student Health Services, located at the University Park Health Center, is open during the summer on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The UPHC is closed on weekends throughout the summer and on all university holidays. For further information, visit the UPHC Website at www.usc.edu/uphc.
For treatment of most acute illnesses and injuries, a primary care appointment can be scheduled Monday through Friday by calling (213) 740-2778 or online at www.usc.edu/myshr. Specialty care appointments are available by referral only. Areas of specialization include: gynecology, orthopedics, internal medicine, dermatology, allergy, acupuncture and chiropractic services. Only routine gynecological appointments may be made without a referral by calling (213) 740-2778.
Emergency/Urgent Care Needs
If you have a medical illness or injury that requires urgent medical attention, you may be seen without an appointment. Each patient who checks in at the front desk will be evaluated and seen based on medical condition and urgency. Should your medical condition require attention during non-business hours, and you would like to speak with an on-call registered nurse, please call (213) 749-9355 and follow the recorded instructions. In case of a life-threatening emergency when you are on or near the University Park campus, call the USC Department of Public Safety at (213) 740-4321. For all other emergencies, call 911.
Eligibility for Services
Services at UPHC are available to students who have paid the current student health fee. During the summer, health fee assessment is based on the number of weeks a student is in class and not on the number of units being taken. Continuing students from the spring semester, who are not taking summer classes, may receive services by paying the summer health fee. Although this fee covers most services rendered at the health center, there may be nominal charges for lab tests, prescriptions, orthopedic appliances, copies of X-rays or copies of medical records. For more information on eligibility and charges, please call the University Park Health Centers cashier at (213) 740-0238.
Mandatory Measles and Mumps Immunization Policy
All new incoming students are required to show documented proof of measles and mumps immunity prior to their first semester at USC. All documentation must include the month and year of the immunization and must include an official signature or stamp from your physician or clinic. A photocopy letter or medical record from your health care provider documenting one of the following will serve as proof of immunity: (1) documentation of two doses of measles and mumps vaccine or MMR dose one given at 12 months of age or later and dose two given at least one month after dose one; (2) documentation of a positive rubeola titer and mumps titer (laboratory blood tests); (3) documentation from a physician or clinic indicating a past diagnosis of the disease(s). Students should provide photocopies of documents and keep the originals for their personal records. Each photocopy should include the student's name and 10-digit USC ID number. Documents must be submitted by the deadline to avoid a $25 late fee and a registration hold. For further information and deadlines, please visit our Web site at www.usc.edu/uphc.
Tuberculosis Screening Requirement
All international students are required to be screened for tuberculosis in the United States or Canada within six months prior to their first semester of enrollment at USC. A photocopy of a laboratory report for a negative tuberculosis blood test (i.e., T-Spot, Quantiferon), performed in the United States or Canada, will serve as proof of screening. A history of BCG immunization does NOT fulfill this requirement.
Students unable to provide the required documentation will be asked to receive a TB screening and, if necessary, a chest X-ray and provide us with that documentation. All TB screenings and chest X-rays must be performed in the United States or Canada and presented in the form of a written report. X-ray film (actual X-ray) will not be accepted. Documents must be submitted by the deadline to avoid a $25 late fee and a registration hold. Please mail or deliver all screening/immunization documents to Immunization/Screening, 849 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, 90089-0311. For additional information and deadlines, please call the Immunization/Screening Compliance Office at (213) 740-1163.
Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination
The USC University Park Health Center strongly recommends that all incoming freshmen receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccination before they come to campus or as soon as possible after their arrival.
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious illness that can lead to brain damage, disability and death. College freshmen, particularly those who live in residence halls, have a modestly increased risk of getting this disease. Presently, there are two vaccines available. Both provide protection against four of the five most common strains. For information on this disease, please visit our Web site at www.usc.edu/uphc.