Health Information

Health Services, Immunization Requirements, and Health Insurance Information

Services provided for ESF students by Syracuse University.

General Information:

In order to provide the time and attention each student deserves as promptly as possible, Syracuse University Health Services staff generally see students by appointment. Call 315-443-9005 to schedule an appointment.

  • Nurses are available to answer questions during regular business hours.
  • Always bring your student identification card and insurance card (if you have health insurance) when you visit Health Services.

Required ESF/Syracuse University Health Form

Please fill out the Health Form which includes information regarding required immunizations. You should have the form filled out before you receive treatment from the Health Center. The deadline to complete the form is by August 1.

Immunization Requirements

Syracuse University policy in accordance with New York State public health law requires all students to provide:

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella:
  • Dates of two doses of measles vaccine after one year of age, OR positive titer results, OR physician documentation of disease, and:
  • Date of one doses of rubella vaccine, or positive titer result, and;
  • Date of one dose of mumps vaccine, or positive titer results, or physician documentation of disease. This information may be obtained by contacting your high school or primary care physician. Immunization records may be faxed directly to Health Services at 315-443-9010.

Note: Persons born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the measles, mumps and rubella requirements.

A completed meningococcal meningitis vaccine response form must be provided to Health Services indicating that the student, parent or guardian has received and reviewed meningitis information, and that the student has either been immunized within the preceding 10 years or has opted not to obtain immunization against meningococcal disease

If these documents are not received by Health Services prior to arrival on campus, students will risk strict administrative consequences including the inability to register for classes and/or suspension of ID card services

Please note that you may elect to receive the immunization at Syracuse University Health Services. The cost of this vaccine at Health Services is currently $130.00.

Health Insurance Information 

Do You Need Health Insurance?

Syracuse University strongly recommends that students have health insurance coverage. The Syracuse University Health Fee is not an insurance. Many group health plans do not cover a dependent once he or she has reached a specific age, married, or declared financial independence, or provide coverage when the student is away from home. If you do not have a health insurance plan, or are not adequately covered, the University offers a student health insurance plan that may meet your needs. For more information, visit or call our insurance coordinator at 315-443-2668.

SUHS provides direct third party billing to the following insurance companies: Aetna, Pomco, SU/ESF HTH and BC&BS Bluecard. The Pharmacy accepts a variety of insurance plans. You should check with our pharmacy at 315-443-5691 to see if they participate with your insurance.

* - If an insurance carrier is not one that Health Services participates with, an itemized statement of services can be provided to students.

For International Students Only:  As a student of SUNY-ESF you will be covered by HTH Worldwide Insurance beginning August 15. The end date of your insurance will depend on the date that you are no longer considered a student at SUNY-ESF. If you need health care before this date, go to the Cashiers Office, 102 Bray Hall for a temporary health insurance card.  Before seeking any medical care, including the medical requirements for your Student Health Service Record (Syracuse University Health Services form) please contact the Cashiers Office at 315-470-6630.  The policy will cover accidents and sicknesses as well as visits to and referrals from the Syracuse University Health Services. About a month after enrollment, you will receive a card that is to be presented at your medical visits.  The fee has been automatically added to your bursar bill.  The amount is subject to change each semester.  You may receive a full or partial refund if:

  • You are already insured, your current policy must be verified at the Syracuse University Slutzker Center for International Services before you receive a refund.
  • You are employed by the college and enrolled in the health insurance program as a graduate assistant.
  • You are returning to your home country over the summer (June-August), you will be refunded for those months.

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