Wellness and Prevention

The Student Health Center offers a variety of services and programs to help students develop and maintain positive health behaviors and prevent disease. This is accomplished through increasing awareness of various health issues (sexual health, nutrition, weight management, wellness, fitness, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs), promoting healthy lifestyle choices, providing health counseling, and conducting health promotion programs and outreach activities. The staff in the Office of Health Education consists of a team of highly trained and experienced health professionals and peer health educators. 

The Office of Health Education works with a team of student volunteers who are dedicated to the health and wellness of the Howard community to bring quality health programming to the University. For more information on joining HU PEERS, please email hupeers@gmail.com.

What to do if you Need Mental Healthcare or Counseling

The University Counseling Service provides a comprehensive range of mental health services to all students. These services range from screening to crisis intervention, psychological and psychiatric services. Simply call (202) 806-6870 for assistance, location, and hours of operation. No referral is required for care at the Counseling Center.

Health Education Services

The Student Health Center offers a variety of services to help students develop and maintain positive health behaviors and prevent disease. This is accomplished through increasing awareness of various health issues (sexual health, nutrition, weight management, wellness, fitness, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs), promoting healthy lifestyle choices, providing health counseling, and conducting health promotion programs and outreach activities. For more information or for an appointment call (202) 806-7540.

Your Medical Care Guide

Through the years we have found that students who remember the following suggestions are most satisfied with their medical care. Your cooperation will lessen the impact of an illness and help your recovery.

  • SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE EARLY. In any illness, early care helps toward early recovery.
  • RETURN VISITS ARE IMPORTANT. When you are scheduled by the health professional, or if you develop new symptoms, or believe your recovery is incomplete, please return.
  • COMPLETING A COURSE OF MEDICATION is of great importance. Often students stop taking medications as soon as they feel better, only to suffer a relapse.
  • COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT. Effective communication is an essential part of good care. We want you to understand your diagnosis and our rationale for treatment, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ask three simple questions at every visit:
    • What is My Main Problem?
    • What Do I Need to Do?
    • Why is it Important for Me to Do This?