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Student Health Services offers health care services to any registered UB student. Any UB student who is currently registered for classes can be seen in our clinic, regardless of the type of insurance plan he/she holds. This means you DO NOT need to be insured under one of UB's insurance plans to utilize Student Health Services. To ensure that all registered UB students have adequate access to our services, patients are limited to one appointment per day with a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.

The vast majority of our services are paid for by the mandatory health fee, which is part of UB's Broad-based Fees. Because we are 100% student funded, we do not provide services to faculty, staff or the general public. Visiting Scholars or OPT students should call Student Health Services for more information on how to gain access to our services.

Most of your health care needs and concerns can be taken care of by one of our providers. We are staffed by board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses. Please call 829-3316 to make an appointment. Most students can be seen the same day or the next day. If we cannot take care of your problem, we will refer you to a community provider best suited to your needs. As a courtesy service to our patients, we send an email appointment reminder the day before your appointment if it has been scheduled in advance.

Photo ID Requirement

To reduce the risk of identity theft and to increase efficiencies at our check-in, Student Health Services requires that you show photo ID when you check in for your appointment. The preferred ID is your UB Card, but a driver's license, passport, or government issued, non-driver ID are also acceptable. If you do not bring photo ID with you, your appointment may be cancelled.


Specialty Clinics

The following specialty clinical services are available by appointment. Call 716-829-3316 to schedule; nutrition appointments can be scheduled by calling Wellness Education Services at 716-645-2837 ext. 0.

Women's Health Services

The UB Health Services offers a wide range of gynecologic care. We provide primary care gynecology services and counseling for women. Services related to sexually transmitted infections, safer sex, contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and referral, routine gynecologic care, and annual exams are offered at the Health Services. While your Combined University Fee covers your visit, there may be a charge if lab work is required. Most often these lab charges are billable to your personal health insurance.

Please remember to bring your insurance information to your appointment in order to complete the necessary laboratory paperwork. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment to complete this paperwork.

If you have private insurance, please contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to determine the preferred laboratory.

When the health needs of an individual require the services of a specialist, we will refer the patient to the appropriate provider in the community.

Health Services providers are available to counsel pregnant women about their options. Women who choose to terminate a pregnancy via surgical or medical (including RU-486) abortion will be referred to qualified specialists in the community who have the training, facilities, and technology to provide the best possible care for our patients. Women who choose to continue a pregnancy will be referred to qualified obstetricians in the community.

Questions about our women's health services? Check out the videos External Site Link Icon by Michelle, our Women's Health NP.

Infectious Disease Clinic

The Infectious Disease Clinic specializes in treating latent (not active) TB, sexually transmitted infections, and various other contagious illnesses.

Immunization Clinic

The staff in this clinic monitors compliance with New York State Health (Immunization) Law. We are able to provide the required (measles, mumps and rubella) and the recommended vaccinations such as Meningococcal, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. We can also provide vaccines you may need for your specific program here at school.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of WNY Student Health Insurance covers all immunizations. HTH Worldwide covers the following vaccines in full: MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) and Meningococcal. If you have another insurance plan, you are responsible for payment. We will provide you with a receipt that you can send to your insurance company to request reimbursement. Student Health Services does not guarantee reimbursement from any insurance company.

The fees associated with the vaccinations are listed below (the price is per dose):

  • Hepatitis A $25.00
  • Hepatitis B $25.00
  • HPV $130.00
  • Inactivated Polio $30.00
  • Influenza $10.00
  • Japanese Encephalitis $225.00
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella $10.00
  • Meningococcal $85.00
  • Pneumovax $40
  • PPD (TB skin test) $10.00
  • Rabies $280.00
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis $30.00
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria $20.00
  • Typhoid $55.00
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) $85.00
  • Yellow Fever $90.00

Health Screenings

Are you curious about your blood glucose level? Do you want to know if your blood pressure is normal? SHS offers appointments exclusively for these tests you'll have your results by the end of the 20 minute appointment! Just call us and ask for an "RN Health Screening" appointment.

Nutrition

Our registered dietitian can provide individual nutrition counseling for wellness, weight loss or gain, and for chronic medical problems. In addition to one-on-one instruction there are many presentations as well as fun activities during the school year. Call 645-2837 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment.

Eating Disorders Team

The Eating Disorders Treatment Team provides help for students who are struggling with an eating disorder, weight issues, and body image concerns. The team consists of medical providers, counselors, and a registered dietician. The team offers coordinated outpatient treatment and assists students in accessing community resources for inpatient and intensive, long-term outpatient treatment. More information...

Sports Medicine

We have a physician (Jody Snyder, M.D.) who is specialty trained and certified in Sports Medicine. She is available by appointment to see orthopedic concerns and sports injuries.

Travel Clinic

Before traveling abroad for studies or for fun, visit our travel clinic to discuss health concerns related to your trip, and to get medications or vaccines that may be recommended for you. We are able to link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide up-to-date information for safe travel. Please visit their site to educate yourself before calling for an appointment at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ External Site Link Icon . Call 829-3316 for further information or an appointment. Please be aware that travel to certain countries may require an appointment with our infectious disease physician. Please plan ahead & make your appointment well before your departure date, as his schedule fills quickly.

The UB Law Library is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. The certified passport agents in the Law Library are authorized to distribute forms, accept completed paperwork, review required documentation, and forward applications to the U.S. regional passport agency in Boston. Hours and information External Site Link Icon .

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

Some people have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and do not know it; others have symptoms and don't know what to do; while others have concerns because a sexual contact has symptoms or was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection. We have the services and support to help you learn more about your STI status. Regardless of your health insurance coverage, appointments with Student Health Services health care providers are free.

If You Have Symptoms

It's important that you're evaluated by a health care provider, as medical treatment may be necessary. Call during business hours to schedule your appointment.

  • Diagnostic STI lab tests for Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) members are covered with a 20% co-insurance payment.
  • If you have private insurance (non-SMIP), it is likely that these tests will be covered; you may be responsible for a copay, coinsurance or deductible amount. Prior to scheduling with us, check with your insurance company to confirm: lab testing coverage/costs and if a specific lab provider must be used for testing. (We work with Quest Diagnostics, Kaleida Health and LabCorp.)
  • If you are uninsured or have limited insurance benefits, you can discuss self-pay, reduced cost testing options with your health care provider at the time of your appointment at UB Student Health Services or contact the Erie County Department of Health STD Clinic at 608 William Street Buffalo NY 14206, (716) 858-7687 for their walk-in service hours and costs.

If You Don't Have Symptoms

  • STI lab tests for Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) members are covered in full with no co-payment or co-insurance. We encourage students with this plan to take advantage of this preventative care comprehensive benefit.
  • If you have private insurance (non-SMIP), it is likely that these tests will be covered; you may be responsible for a copay, coinsurance or deductible amount. Prior to scheduling with us, check with your insurance company to confirm: lab testing coverage/costs and if a specific lab provider must be used for testing. (We work with Quest Diagnostics, Kaleida Health and LabCorp.)
  • If you are uninsured or have limited insurance benefits, you can discuss self-pay, reduced cost testing options with your health care provider at the time of your appointment at UB Student Health Services or contact the Erie County Department of Health STD Clinic at 608 William Street Buffalo NY 14206, (716) 858-7687 for their walk-in service hours and costs.

Concerned your parents will discover your testing listed on their insurance "Explanation of Benefits" statement (an insurance claim/payment statement that may list the specific types of lab tests)? Contact the insurance company to request "Explanation of Benefits" that involve you as patient be sent directly to you and not to your parents' address.

HIV Testing

HIV testing is offered by appointment. There are several methods of HIV testing offered with varying costs and result turn-around. Please discuss with your health care provider which testing method is right for you.

We also partner with New York State Department of Health to offer free HIV testing several times per year.

NYS Public Health Law: HIV Testing

New York State Public Health Law requires that an offer of HIV testing be made to all persons aged 13-64 seeking hospital or primary care services except under specific circumstances. This includes students seeking services from a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner at University at Buffalo's Student Health Services. Testing is confidential and voluntary.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS and is passed from an infected person to another during unprotected sex (oral, anal, and vaginal sex without a condom). HIV can also be passed through contact with blood from a person with HIV from activities like piercing, tattooing or injecting drugs of any kind. The purpose of routine voluntary HIV screening in all primary health care settings is to increase the number of people being screened and to protect the health of HIV positive individuals and the health of their contacts.

If your test is negative, you can learn how to protect yourself from HIV infection in the future.

If your test is positive, you can take steps to prevent passing the virus to others and you can receive treatment for HIV.


Affiliate Services: Allergy, Chiropractic & Dental

Allergy Shots

We are unable to administer allergy shots @ UB Student Health Services. We are aware of 2 allergists in the local community who are willing to administer allergy shots to UB students without re-testing. Please contact their offices directly to request a consult appointment so you can discuss scheduling as well as insurance coverage. Be sure to identify yourself as a UB student.

Drs. Grabiec & Cumella
333 International Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
716-633-5277

Buffalo Amherst Allergy
500 Corporate Parkway Ste 100
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 631-0380

Chiropractic Care (Call NYCC at 685-9631 for an appointment)

Student Health Services in conjunction with the New York Chiropractic College offers chiropractic care at Michael Hall. Current hours (which are subject to change) are Mondays 1 pm - 5 pm, Wednesdays 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm, and Fridays 9 am -12 pm. Please call NYCC at 685-9631 to make an appointment. Make sure to identify yourself as a UB student.

Dental Care at UB

The School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo provides dental care to UB students who sign up as patients of one of their Clinics. A description of the fees involved and the process for signing up as a patient is contained on their web site External Site Link Icon .


Local Pharmacy/Prescription Services

On CampusOff South CampusOff North Campus

SBI is a student-owned corporation. This pharmacy accepts the student medical insurance plans only. Those students with other insurance plans can contact them for a price quote.

  • Tops Market at University Plaza (Main St.) 716-515-3250
  • Walgreens (Main St. & Kenmore Ave.) 716-834-7011
  • Tops Market (N. Bailey & Maple Rd.) 716- 515-0080
  • Wegmans (675 Alberta Dr.) 716-831-6340
Student Health Services | Michael Hall | 3435 Main St | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14214-3077 | Tel: (716) 829-3316 | Fax: (716) 829-2564 | Director: Susan M. Snyder | E-Mail