Information for Parents
The Student Health Center is designed to meet our students’ health care needs. Under one roof, our services include acute care, chronic care, immunizations, allergies, ADHD/ADD, women’s health, vaccinations, and foreign travel consultation. In addition, Student Health is physically connected to the UA School of Medicine-Tuscaloosa Branch where access is available for sub-specialty practice areas should the need arise. In addition to a state-of-the-art lab and x-ray department, we house an expanded pharmacy that fills over 100,000 student prescriptions annually.
Because of a dedicated staff, The Student Health Center is Student First, Student Focused and Student Friendly. Over 250 years of experience in the area of college health is here to serve our students. Among our doctors and nurse practitioners, there is over 100 years of experience, 43 years from our in-house pharmacy, 72 years from our nurses, 26 years from lab staff and 16 years from our Health Educators.
If your student requires hospitalization, the Student Health Center is affiliated with our Medical School’s board-certified Hospitalists who are physicians that specialize in a hospital-based medical practice. They enjoy medical privileges at DCH Regional Medical Center. This important relationship expands the health services we provide through a seamless transition from the clinic to the hospital and a secure means of medical information transfer through our state-of-the-art Electronic Health Record.
Health promotion and wellness education is a big part of our outreach to students. Health fairs, awareness events, health education brochures and information are provided throughout the academic year. The Health Promotion and Wellness Department administers the nationally known AlcoholEdu for College (www.alcoholedu.ua.edu) course that is required of all freshmen. Alcohol Prevention Excellence Awards have been received by the department for campus based prevention efforts throughout the year. We have recently added the nationally based MentalHealthEdu (www.mentalhealthedu.ua.edu) course, addressing issues surrounding the distressed student and prevention. This 30 minute course is offered to faculty, staff, student leaders and parents. Financial Peace for College will be offered as a part of our prevention education regarding personal finance and budgeting. Nutrition counseling for individuals, groups, student organizations, and sport teams is provided. Other health topics throughout the year include healthy relationships, safety, tobacco education, and eating disorders. Through our Project Health Peer Education Program, students may serve as mentors and peer educators, building leadership skills, and can become Certified Peer Educators (CPE).
As you can see, Student Health at UA is truly the medical home away from home for your student! If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free at anytime to contact us online or directly at 205-348-6202.
John Maxwell, Director
Student Health Center