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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Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) Information
The Student Health Center is a COVID-19 assessment center for students.  Students who are ill will be screened, and testing will be done if clinically indicated.  Asymptomatic students will not be tested.  If you are sick with cough (onset within 7 days), shortness of breath, or fever, 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 are having cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please click here for a list of Vanderbilt Health COVID assessment sites and additional information. You should call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 before proceeding to an assessment center. 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.

COVID-19 is a pandemic of unprecedented proportions and is a rapidly evolving situation.  Student Health is an assessment center for ill patients, and we believe it in the best interest of our well patients to postpone routine follow-up visits until this crisis has abated.  However, we do maintain a limited number of routine appointments, which can be scheduled online or by calling 615-322-2427.  Non-COVID related urgent medical needs such as injuries or other health issues can still be managed here at Student Health on a walk-in basis.  Our COVID patients are evaluated in a separate part of the clinic with a separate entrance.

Student Health has a monitoring system in place for students who have traveled to high risk areas or who have been exposed to COVID-19.  Individuals can complete the self-report/self-monitoring survey at

Coronavirus FAQs

Mumps Information - Mumps has been diagnosed on the Vanderbilt campus.  Students who develop swollen or painful salivary glands under the ears or jaw, or on the cheeks, should schedule same-day appointment with the Student Health Center by calling 615-322-2427.  Appointments can also be scheduled on-line through  After hours, students should speak to the on-call provider, who can also be reached at 615-322-2427.  Students with questions or concerns about their individual health concerns can also message their healthcare providers at Student Health by using

Mumps FAQs

HPV FAQs and information

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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Immunization and TB Screening Information for Incoming Students