Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) provides primary care services to all full time students at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music regardless of insurance coverage. Students may see a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries as well as follow-up care as needed. We provide immunizations, allergy injections, men & women’s health services, physical exams, some diagnostic testing, procedures, basic laboratory services, a few medications, and medical supplies. SHS does not provide excuses for missed classes. Students are responsible for communicating with their professors about their illness.

We maintain a network of local experts who can offer additional speciality care as appropriate. We refer more complex services to specialists. The costs for referrals, more complex laboratory work, international immunizations, or x-rays are handled through the students' insurance provider or by the student. 

You will find our office a short walk from the center of campus in the Professional Services Building, 247 W. Lorain St., Suite A.

Call for an appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-4:30 p.m., for any of the above health care needs at 440-775-8180. Same day walk-in hours for illness of brief encounters dealing with upper respiratory and urinary tract complaints, or new onset rashes are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., first come, first served. Registration is taken up to 12:30 p.m. provided there are appointment openings.

Students may receive a cold care kit without being seen. Just ask for one. You can also find cold care kits at Wilder Main Desk and from your resident assistant. Kindly let us know if the supply has diminished and we will provide a refill ASAP.


Oberlin College Community Member Diagnosed with Tuberculosis

Oberlin College was recently notified by the Mercy Tuberculosis Clinic (Lorain County) that a member of the campus community has been diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis (TB). The individual has responded well to treatment under the care of the clinical staff at Mercy TB Clinic and no longer poses a health risk to others. The individual is expected to make a full recovery.

The college is working closely with the Mercy TB Clinic and the Ohio Department of Health to identify persons who were at risk of exposure and to offer tests to those persons as well as all members of the campus community who have any concerns about exposure. Read more.


Measles Update

The United States is currently experiencing a large multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak started in December 2014 and has spread to at least half a dozen other states. More recently, there are a few current outbreaks not linked to California. There is a probable case in Oregon, Ohio, awaiting definitive lab testing results.

Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness, lasting from 7-10 to 14 days. It is characterized by a prodrome fever and malaise, cough, coryza (runny nose) and conjunctivitis (pink eye)-the three "C"s, with Koplik's spots in the mouth and a rash that spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. It is one of the most contagious of all the infectious diseases; approximately 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measle patient will develop measles. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that measles can be prevented with the administration of the measles containing vaccine; MMR. If you as a student, haven't received either an MMR vaccine or the second dose of MMR, call SHS (440-775-8180) to make an appointment for this vaccine or consider having your blood titres drawn to evaluate your evidence of measles immunity. Additional information on measles can be found on the CDC website @ http://www.cdc.gov/.


Student Health Insurance

Oberlin College 2015 Spring Waiver Information

Oberlin College requires that all students maintain student health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. You may apply for a waiver if you already have coverage under an alternate health insurance plan that meets certain minimum requirements, meaning that is comparable to the Oberlin College health insurance plan. Travel plans or plans that require you to pay for treatment yourself and then apply for reimbursement will NOT be accepted for waiving the Oberlin College health insurance plan.

Waive process

  • You will need an electronic copy of your insurance card
  • The online waiver form is available at http://oberlin.myahpcare.com/waiver
  • Select the above link to access the waiver form
  • Select the "Waiver" tab and then the link "To Waive or Enroll”
  • Enter your Student ID as the username
  • Enter your birthdate as the password in the format MMDDYYYY(Example:01181998)
  • Select the waiver form under “Submit Waivers”
  • Complete the waiver form
  • Select the "Submit Waiver" button.

You must submit your request for waiver by February 15, 2015, to be considered. If you do not submit a waiver form, you will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan administered and coordinated by Academic Health Plans (AHP). Sending health forms to Student Health does not mean they have automatically waived the insurance. You must complete and file a waiver each year.

Enrollment Process

Students without health insurance must enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. This plan offers students and their dependents an affordable, high quality health insurance plan. The college’s Student Health Services and the Counseling Center are free for all students regardless of whether they obtain student health insurance. Academic Health Plans (AHP) is the primary insurance for coverage and when coordinating benefits. Follow these instructions to apply for coverage through AHP:

  • Go to Oberlin.myahpcare.com
  • Select the "Enrollment" tab and then the link "To Waive or Enroll”
  • Enter your Student ID
  • Enter your birthdate as the password in the format MMDDYYYY (Example 01182007)
  • Select the "One Click Enroll" and initial the required box.

Academic Health Plans

Academic Health Plans (AHP) is the primary insurance for coverage and when coordinating benefits. If you have questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan, call Oberlin's AHP number at 855-844-3014.

Visit the AHP website at Oberlin.myahpcare.com for FAQs, policy benefits, forms and general information. Once you have submitted your waiver form, you should receive a confirmation e-mail/number to confirm your waiver. The waiver form must be completed each year. The deadline is February 15, 2015 for the newly incoming 2014-2015 Spring Semester students.

All full-time students enrolled at Oberlin College are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance Program offered by AHP. The premium cost of $ 574.00 is included on the 2015 springl term bill. You can receive a refund if the policy is waived by the waiver deadline of February 15, 2015.

In order to waive the student health insurance offered by AHP, the student must have comparable policy coverage in the Oberlin general area. You will need to consult your private insurance company for these details.

Do not wait until the final day to waive the insurance as the line will be very busy. We require all international students to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan.


News & Announcements

Allergy Injection Information and Consent Forms

Friday, December 05, 2014

Students who want to have SHS administer their allergy injections must have their prescribing allergist complete and sign the Allergy Immunotherapy forms prior to starting their allergy injections. Please read the information contained in these forms. If you have any questions, please call the SHS office at 440-775-8180 and speak with our nurse. The cost to administer these injections is $100 for the fall semeseter.
Read More