Student Health

New Students

Welcome to Duke University. The following details about immunization requirements, health insurance, health fees, and forms and policies may help you in your transition as a new student.

For additional information, please call 919-681-9355.

Forms & Policies

Visit the Forms & Policies section for detailed information on the Student Health Fee, Medical Insurance, HIPAA, and other important policies.

For additional information, please call 919-681-9355.

Health Insurance Requirements

All Duke students are required to have medical insurance - either through the Duke-sponsored plan or a comparable medical insurance plan based in the United States.

For more information on the 2013-2014 Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP), click here. 

If you hold a F-1 or J-1 visa, participation in the Duke SMIP is mandatory.

If you have questions about insurance, contact us at or call 919-684-1481.

Student Health Fee

The Student Health Fee covers most of the services offered at the Duke Student Health Center (SHC) if medically indicated and rendered by a Student Health Provider. Services covered by the health fee include: medical care for acute and chronic illness and minor injuries, physical exams, routine medical care, gynecological exams (does not include cost of associated lab tests, such as pap smear and STI screening), allergy shot administration, pregnancy testing, after hours nurse consultations, and in-house lab tests.