The mission of University Health Services is to provide quality healthcare, psychological counseling, and healthcare education for the campus community in support of the Kent State University mission.
Welcome to University Health Services (UHS). We are located in the DeWeese Health Center at 1500 Eastway Drive. We are here to help keep all Kent State students, faculty and staff healthy and safe. Our staff at UHS includes board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed psychologists, pharmacists, and radiographers. University Health Services provides non-emergent outpatient care to all eligible students, faculty, and staff, including: examination and treatment for illness and minor injuries, women's health care, laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy services, and health education through all departments of UHS and under the Division of Student Affairs.
We accept all Kent State employee health plans and other major carriers. Self-pay rates are available for uninsured patients.
Winter Break Appointment Hours
December 9, 2019 to January 10, 2019
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 4:30
Friday: 9:30 – 4:30
Closed Daily 12:00 to 1:00
Flash Clinic Closed
December 9th to January 10th
After Hours: Call KSU Nurse Line 330-672-2326 or 911 in case of an emergency
Effective September 1, 2019: A $20 NO SHOW fee will be assessed in ALL clinics if you miss a scheduled appointment.
Welcome to Kent State University and University Health Services.
Adjustment to Life's Changes
It can be a difficult time. Suddenly, perhaps for the first time in your life, you're moving away from everything familiar to you - family, friends, home, community - and beginning to make your way as a young adult entirely surrounded by strangers, in a new setting. You may feel that everything is on the line: your ability to succeed at college-level work, to build adult relationships, and to adapt to a lot of change all at once.
According to a recent UCLA study, more than 30 percent of college freshmen reported feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time during the beginning of college, and Johns Hopkins University reported that more than 40 percent of a recent freshman class sought help from the student counseling center. So understand that if you're feeling pressure and stress, you're not alone.
Many college students have minor problems adjusting to their new environment. Here are a few ideas that can help you manage your feelings of pressure and stress:
- Better plan your use of time. Make time every day to prioritize your work. Prioritizing can give you a sense of control over what you must do, and a sense that you can do it.
- Plan your work and sleep schedules. Too many students defer doing important classwork until late at night, work through much of the night, and start each new day exhausted. Constant fatigue can be a critical trigger for depression. Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is important to your well-being.
- Join an extracurricular activity. Sports, theatre, Greek life, the student newspaper - whatever interests you - can bring opportunities to meet people interested in the same things you are, and it provides a welcome change from classwork.
- Make a friend. Sometimes this may be a roommate or someone you meet in class or in the cafeteria. Friendships can help make a strange place feel more friendly and comfortable.
- Try relaxation methods. These include meditation, deep breathing, warm baths, long walks, exercise - whatever you enjoy that lessens your feelings of stress or discomfort.
- Take time for yourself each day. Make this special time - even if it's only 15 minutes by yourself - a period where you think about your feelings and dreams. Focusing on yourself can be energizing and gives a feeling of purposefulness and control over your life.
Sometimes these changes and adjustments can trigger depression. If the above techniques do not appear to be working, don't hesitate to seek professional help. If your feelings of constant stress become feelings of sadness that go on for weeks and months, you may be experiencing more than just difficulty adjusting to life's changes. Seek assistance from the university counseling service, student health center, your doctor, or a mental health professional.
The central billing office at UHS is responsible for:
- Submitting Insurance Claims (Commercial and Student Health Insurance Program)
- Posting Payments
- Student Account Health Center Charges
- Employee Statement Billing
- Insurance Appeals
If you have questions regarding:
- Student Account Health Center Charges
- Insurance Coverage
- Out of Pocket Expenses
- Eligibility for UHS services
Contact Central Billing Office at 330-672-8251.
Please present your insurance card at check-in at every appointment.
UHS will not discuss charges or services with anyone without the patient’s permission and release (PDF) on file.
By signing the consent to treat, patients authorize UHS to release information to their insurance company for your claims to be paid. If your insurance plan has your address at a parent’s/spouse/significant other’s home, an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from the insurance company will be sent to that address.
If you need to leave school for health reasons, read about Michelle's Law.
Prevention & Symptoms
- How to Stay Healthy this Flu Season (DOC)
- "The Flu: What to Do if You Get Sick"
- Flu Shot Clinics - All KSU Campuses
- Tuberculosis Exposure Information / FAQ (PDF)
- Portage County Health Department
- CDC Tuberculosis Site
University Health Services is involved in planning and co-sponsoring a number of outreach health education and promotion initiatives on campus. Special events include, but are not limited to those listed below.
Vitalant Blood Drives
University Health Services – Office of Health Promotion sponsors Vitalant Blood Drives on campus. To acknowledge the crucial role blood donors play in helping maintain the blood supply, the Vitalant Community Blood Services Tuition Scholarship was created. One $500 scholarship is generated for every 50 units of blood collected during the academic year. For more information, please call 330-672-2320. Check back for the next opportunity.
HIV Test Dates
Mental Health Festival
Sept. 11, 2018 will be the first annual Mental Health Festival. This event is a collaborative effort between the Office of Health Promotion and University Psychological Services. Students are invited to attend the resource fair and become familiar with mental health resources on campus. Check back for information about future opportunities.
Alcohol Awareness Day
Alcohol Awareness Day is an outreach event that provides an opportunity to increase students' knowledge and awareness on issues pertaining to alcohol use and abuse. Emphasis is placed on the importance of students making informed choices about alcohol consumption. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8265. Check back for information about future opportunities.
National Depression Screening Day
Come to National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held on the 2nd floor of the Kent Student Center, and is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.
The Great American Smokeout
The Great American Smokeout is a national event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is traditionally held the third Thursday in November. The event represents an opportunity for smokers to join millions of other smokers in avoiding cigarettes for 24 hours. The Office of Health Promotion offers smoking cessation programs. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is traditionally observed on December 1st each year. This day is focused on creating a greater awareness of the AIDS pandemic. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8266.
NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS SCREENING DAY
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point during their life. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week will be recognized at Kent State by the Body Acceptance Movement Student Group. If you think you may have an eating disorder, you are far from alone.
Come to National Eating Disorders Screening Day at Kent State University for a free anonymous screening. Call the Office of Health Promotion for more information: 330-672-8266.
Give yourself a chance to love your lungs all day long. Kent State is a smoke-free, tobacco-free University. So be a wingman to someone who wants to quit, fight your own cravings, or go all the way and quit tobacco for good.
Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day
Safe Spring Break Kick-Off Day creates an excellent opportunity to foster dialogue on healthy decision-making on a number of health-related issues including sexual health, alcohol awareness, personal safety, HIV testing, predatory drugs, stress management, and sun protection/tanning issues. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, 330-672-8265.
National Alcohol Screening Day
National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is a free public health even that provides anonymous screening for alcohol-use disorders and offers educational materials about alcohol and health-related issues. NASD is an outreach promotional effort to reduce and prevent at-risk drinking. The event is open to campus and community members.
The screening form, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), asks participants about their drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed due to their drinking. Once the screening form is scored, participants have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional or University Health Services clinician. If appropriate, the participants receive referral information regarding support and/or treatment services both on campus and in the community. The screening process takes approximately 10-20 minutes for each participant. Contact the Office of Health Promotion for more information, (330)-672-8266.
Escape & Rejuvenate: Stress Reduction Day
Stressed out? Join us for various stress relief activities and learn
techniques to help you manage your stress.
- Warning about Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages
- Return to Learn for Head Injuries
- How to Stay Healthy this Flu Season (DOC)
- "The Flu: What to Do if You Get Sick" (CDC)
- DROP-OFF BOX for unneeded pharmaceutical drugs (PDF)
- Chickenpox FAQ (PDF)
- Mumps FAQ (PDF)
- MERS Fact Sheet (PDF)
- TB Exposure information (PDF) / Tuberculosis FAQ (PDF)
- Holiday Travel Health Alerts (PDF)
- Measles Information (PDF)
- Hepatitis A General Information (PDF)
- The ABCs of Hepatitis (PDF)
- CDC - Head Lice: Frequently Asked Questions
- ODH - What Should I Do If My Child Gets Head Lice?
- MDH – Head Lice
Zika Virus Information
- CDC Zika Main Page
- CDC Zika Virus Information
- Kent City Health Department Flyer
- ODH Zika Virus Fact Sheet
- Zika Virus Infographic
- Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Viruses
- Mosquito Bite Prevention (United States)
- Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers
Become a Certified Mental Health First Aider
Project AWARE Kent is offering a Mental Health First Aid course to Kent State University students, faculty, and staff to become a certified Mental Health First Aider. The course is an evidence-based training that teaches people to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The eight-hour course is free. Students earn 1500 FLASHperks for completing the course, and staff earn 2 hours of Beyond Compliance. For more information please visit our Mental Health First Aid Course or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pertussis – Q&A
- Pertussis – Whooping Cough
- CDC – Cover Your Cough
- About Pertussis
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
- Tdap Vaccine for Preteens and Teens
- ACHA Guidelines: Immunization Recommendations for College Students
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Heroin
- Ohio Heroin Treatment Center and Rehabilitation Programs
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- University Health Service - Office of Health Promotion
Problem Gambling Awareness
Sexual & Relationship Violence Support Services
- 24-Hour Resources
- Student Resources
- Faculty and Staff Resources
- Community and National Resources
- Regional Campus Resources