Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Harvard Square Campus
Main Health Clinic at Holyoke Center
75 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge
617-495-5711, TTY: 617-495-1211
Scheduled Appointments and Walk-in Care: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
After-Hours Urgent Care: Mon.-Fri. 4 pm-8 am; Sat., Sun., and Holidays 24 hours

Department of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling
5-7 Linden St., Cambridge
617-496-2053 Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Harvard Business School
Cumnock Hall
Soldiers Field, Boston
Mon, Wed & Fri, 9 am-5 pm
Tue & Thu, 9 am-6 pm*

Harvard Law School
Pound Hall
1563 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Mon-Fri., 9 am-5 pm

Longwood Medical Area
Vanderbilt Hall
275 Longwood Ave., Boston
Mon & Thu, 9 am-6:30 pm
Tue. Wed & Fri, 9 am-5 pm*

*Please visit huhs.harvard.edu for hours of operations at campus clinics.

Following is a summary of campus health services. We encourage you to visit huhs.harvard.edu for detailed, up-to-date information, including department locations, phone numbers, and hours of operation; how to make appointments; event listings and announcements; and additional health information and resources.

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) provides high quality, comprehensive, confidential health care to students, staff, faculty, and their dependents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Primary care and counseling services are available at the main health center, located at Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, as well as at satellite clinics on the Business, Law, and Medical Area campuses. Behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) and academic counseling services are also provided at the 5-7 Linden Street location in Harvard Square. Services at the main health service in Holyoke Center include:

A range of other medical and surgical specialty services at the Holyoke Center location are available by referral from your HUHS primary care physician, including allergy; dermatology; diabetology; ear, nose, and throat; general surgery; nutrition; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pediatrics; physical therapy; and laboratory and radiology services. Also on-site are a comprehensive dental service, a pharmacy, an optical shop, and a wellness/health education center. HUHS also provides an "Ask a Nurse" line (617-998-HUHS [4847]) during regular business hours for information, guidance, and advice.

Emergency Services

Any student experiencing symptoms of a medical emergency (e.g., chest pain, severe shortness of breath) should call 911 immediately. After-hours and weekend care for non-routine, urgent medical concerns or symptoms is available through the After Hours Urgent Care Clinic.

After Hours Urgent Care Clinic (AHUCC)
HUHS at Holyoke Center, 5th floor
617-495-5711, TTY: 617-495-1211
Weekdays: 4 pm–8 am
Weekends and Holidays: 24 hours

The After Hours Urgent Care Clinic is open nights, weekends, and holidays for 24-hour urgent care throughout the year. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to call their primary care team or mental health provider for advice during regular office hours. Ideally, students should use the AHUCC for issues that cannot wait until regular clinic hours. Students who feel that they need medical or mental health attention but are not sure as to the urgency of the situation are advised to call first to obtain advice from the nurse on duty. The entrance to the AHUCC is midway down the parking ramp beneath Holyoke Center, accessible from both Dunster and Holyoke Streets; students who require transportation to the AHUCC are advised to call the Harvard University Police at 617-495-1212.

Stillman Infirmary
Holyoke Center, 5th floor
24-hour care

Stillman Infirmary is the inpatient division of HUHS, a licensed clinic accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The infirmary is designed to provide short-stay care for uncomplicated medical and mental health problems, and certain post-operative cases. Admission to the Stillman Infirmary is based on clinical indications as determined by a student’s primary care team and/or the After Hours Urgent Care Clinic staff.

Harvard University Student Health Plan
75 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Massachusetts Insurance Requirements

Every full-time and part-time student enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree-granting program of higher education must participate in his or her school’s Student Health Program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. 

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) consists of two parts:

  1. HUSHP Basic: Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee

HUSHP Basic is required of all students unless they are studying outside of Massachusetts. HUSHP Basic covers many services at HUHS, including the following:

Additional HUHS services are available for a fee and may be term billed (e.g., routine eye exams, optical shop and immunizations).

  1. HUSHP Supplemental: Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty and Medco Prescription Drug Coverage

The hospital/specialty care portion of HUSHP Supplemental is administered by BCBS of MA. It is a PPO plan designed to complement the services available under HUSHP Basic. Most services require a copayment, deductible, or coinsurance.

BCBS Coverage includes the following:

Medco Prescription Drug Coverage:

Prescription drugs may be obtained on campus at the HUHS pharmacy or at most retail pharmacies.  This Plan has a maximum benefit of $3,750 per academic year.

Note: Please see the Website for a full benefit description.  Limitations may apply.

Waiving the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan

Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible to waive a portion of the Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP).  All waivers must be completed online prior to the waiver deadlines (fall 2009 deadline 9/30/09; spring 2010 deadline 2/28/10).  Late waiver requests will not be granted.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  The online waiver will be available June 1, 2009 on the Student Health Insurance Website.

NOTE: You should carefully consider waiving HUSHP Supplemental coverage. Make sure your insurance plan will allow you access to care in the Boston area. You will be financially responsible for all bills not covered by your insurance.

Dental Coverage Options

Dental coverage is not included in HUSHP.  The HUHS Dental Service provides a full array of dental services at a discount to Harvard students.  Dental insurance for Harvard students is available through the Delta Dental PPO Value Plan. Over 100 area dentists participate in this Plan, however, dentists at HUHS Dental Services do not participate.  The deadline to enroll in this Plan is September 30, 2009. For detailed information on all dental care options please visit the Student Health Insurance Website.

Questions about the Harvard Student Health Plan or the Dental care options can be directed to HUHS Member Services, located at 75 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Email mservices@huhs.harvard.edu, or stop by to speak with a representative.