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.

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Universal masking of all patients is required in all clinics for staff and patients. Please wear a cloth mask to your appointment, so that surgical masks can be preserved for our healthcare providers. 

Please click HERE if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the clinical setting or in the community.  The Vanderbilt contact tracing team will work with you to assess any necessary restrictions on your work at VUMC clinics/hospitals or participation in research or classroom activities.  The FAQs for the contact tracing team may help answer any additional questions you may have.  If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please seek care at the Student Health Center.  No appointment is needed.  If the Student Health Center is closed, testing and evaluation is available at the Vanderbilt Walk-In Clinics.  

The management of COVID-19 for Vanderbilt students is divided into two tracks:

  1. Student Health provides testing for sick students with COVID-19 symptoms---no asymptomatic testing is done at Student Health.
    • Students will be evaluated on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed) and the follow-up instructions and care will be provided by Student Health, whether the testing result is negative or positive.
    • Testing is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    • After hours, if you need evaluation for COVID-19 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, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Time. The Student Health on-call provider can also be reached for urgent matters after-hours at 615-322-2427.
    • Students who are very ill after-hours with shortness of breath or difficulty breathing should proceed to the Emergency Department. 
  2. Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing manages a campus asymptomatic testing program and coordinates all contact tracing efforts for both asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID positive students. 
    • If you are notified that you are a close contact to COVID-19, and are not already working with Student Health after a clinical evaluation, you must call the VU Return to Campus Helpline at 615-322-4357 so you can be connected to the VU Contact Tracing team or you can also email them at
    • If you have questions about the contact tracing process or the asymptomatic campus testing program you should contact the VU Return to Campus Helpline at 615-322-4357 or email

Other COVID-19 testing resources in the Nashville community 
Please visit the Assessment Site page of the Tennessee Department of Health website. You should call in advance to the site that you choose to discuss testing availability, any associated costs, hours, etc. 
Routine Student Health visits during the COVID-19 pandemic
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. Routine 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 licensing laws which govern telemedicine, your location may determine whether we can do your visit in that manner.  

Are you a close contact?
A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset or for asymptomatic persons, two days prior to positive test collection with COVID-19.  If you have questions, please contact your provider at My Health at Vanderbilt.  You may also call Student Health at 615-322-2427.

COVID-19 Vaccine
The Nashville Public Health Department and VUMC continue to roll out COVID vaccinations by following the CDC's guidance.  Nashville is currently only vaccinating healthcare workers and residents over age 75.  As soon as Nashville has more vaccine, we will enter additional phases for vaccination.  Vanderbilt students should sign up for My Health at Vanderbilt since this is the system that will be used to schedule patients at Vanderbilt.

Coronavirus - CDC Updates

HPV FAQs and information
Influenza FAQs
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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