The Zerfoss Student Health Center is here to serve the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage.

Our Mission

The Student Health Center's mission is to enhance the academic experience of students by providing quality primary healthcare services in a nurturing and cost-effective manner. All of our physicians and nurse practitioners have chosen college health as their area of expertise and interest, and are dedicated to meeting the unique health care needs of the student population. Whether you are sick or injured, managing a chronic health problem, or working to develop a healthier lifestyle, the VU SHC is here to help.

Important Links

MEDICAL and NURSING STUDENTS-- Please click here if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the clinical setting or in the community and need to assess any restrictions on your work at VUMC clinics/hospitals or participation in research or classroom activities.  The RedCap will walk you through the various scenarios and provide contact information if you have additional questions.

The Student Health Center is a COVID-19 assessment center for students.

The Student Health Center is a COVID-19 assessment center for students.  Students who are ill with COVID-19 symptoms will be screened, and testing will be done if clinically indicated. Asymptomatic students will not be tested.  If you are sick with new onset fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, please seek care at the Student Health Center. COVID-19 testing is done on a walk-in basis and no appointments are needed.  Student Health is open 8-4:30 Monday through Friday.

If Student Health is closed and you need evaluation for COVID-19 after-hours, you may call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 for information about after-hours assessment site availability.  This number is answered seven days a week, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Central Time. 

The Student Health on-call provider can also be reached after-hours at 615-322-2427.

Routine Student Health visits during the COVID-19 pandemic

Student Health is increasing the number of available routine appointments for our students who remain in Nashville.  These appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 615-322-2427. Some needs can be met with telemedicine visits---when scheduling on-line, please indicate in your appointment notes that you’d prefer telemedicine and we will try to accommodate that request. Because of licensing laws which govern telemedicine, your location may determine whether we can do your visit in that manner.

Our COVID-19 patients are evaluated in a separate part of the clinic with a separate entrance, so your safety is always our priority if you seek care at the Student Health Center. 

Universal masking of all patients is now required in all clinics for staff and patients.  Please wear a cloth mask to your appointment if you have one available, so that surgical masks can be preserved for our healthcare providers.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you at your clinic visit.


COVID-19 Assessment for Asymptomatic Students

If you are not having symptoms of COVID-19, but are looking for a place that you can be tested, please visit the Assessment Site page of the Tennessee Department of Health website.  You will want to call in advance to the site that you choose to confirm their eligibility, cost, etc.

Coronavirus - CDC Updates

COVID-19 Basics 

HPV FAQs and information

Meningococcal FAQs

Yellow Fever Vaccine- There is currently a Yellow Fever vaccine shortage in the U.S. and we no longer have this vaccine available.  See our Travel Medicine page for more information.

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