Student Health

Additional Services

Student Health is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services for all Duke Students, many of which are covered by the student health fee. We are here to provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care to our campus community in a professional and compassionate manner that directly contributes to the student's well-being and overall success.

Fall 2021 Flu Clinics will begin September 15th for all students. For more information, click here.  

Duke Student Health coordinates transgender and LBTQIA+ affirming care with Tiffany Covas, MD, MPH, from Duke University Health System. Through Dr. Covas, Duke Student health provides transgender affirming care including general medical care, transition related medical care such as hormone replacement therapy, referrals to specialists at Duke for gender affirming surgery, support for students exploring gender identity, and assistance with making decisions regarding medical related transition. 

Dr. Tiffany Covas maintains a regular schedule at Duke Student Health and can meet with you for general medical care and medical care specific to your health as a transgender person. 

Dr. Covas specialized in providing competent health care to LGBTQIA+ communities and minorities to increase access and decrease health disparities. She serves in multiple roles across Duke and has played a key role in the establishment of the LGBTQ Patient Centered Medical Home and the Adult Gender Care Clinic. 

Dr. Tiffany Covas’ Fall 2021 schedule: 

TBD

To meet with Dr. Covas at Student Health, follow our instructions to make an appointment via phone and request to meet with Dr. Covas. To access instructions, click here.

The Travel Clinic temporarily suspended until further notice.

We offer a wide range of laboratory services provided by certified medical technologists.

Lab tests covered by the Student Health Fee include:

  • Chemical urinalysis
  • Finger-stick Glucose
  • Wet Prep for Vaginal Infections
  • KOH Skin
  • Rapid Strep
  • Rapid Mononucleosis
  • Rapid HCG
  • Hemoccult
  • All other lab tests will be sent to Duke Health or LabCorp and will be billed to your insurance.
  • For outside labs ordered by a Non-Student Health provider please email us a copy of the lab order to shlab@duke.edu or fax to 919-681-8479.
    • Please include: 
      • Patient's name and date of birth
      • Medical provider's Name, Contact information, fax number, NPI number
      • Name of lab tests
      • Diagnosis code
    • Please allow 24 hours after submitting your lab order before scheduling an appointment with the Student Health Lab.

Virtual Visits Are Here!

Student Health is now offering virtual visits over a secure online platform so students can consult directly with our providers using their personal devices.

Students that have been seen at Student Health at least once, have a MyChart account, are in the state of North Carolina, and using a device with either Google Chrome or Firefox as a browser may be able to schedule these appointments.

Students with concerns listed below can call our Nurse Triage line at (919) 681-9355 and choose option 2.

  • Latent Tuberculosis
    • Initial Discussion
    • Direct Observed Therapy
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxsis for HIV)
  • Re-checks for skin infections previously seen in person at the Student Health Center
  • Routine follow-up for anxiety
  • Routine follow-up for depression
  • Sexual Health
    • Birth control counseling
    • Birth control refills
    • Sexually transmitted infections counseling for students without symptoms
  • Thyroid medication refill
  • Women with urinary tract infection symptoms that are similar to previous infections
  • Women with vaginal symptoms that are similar to previous vaginal infections

Duke Student Health is pleased to announce that we will be reopening our allergy clinic for the Fall Semester. We hated having to close our doors in March 2020 and have terribly missed seeing you in the clinic.

Due to the length of time that has lapsed, we will be re-entering everyone into the system as if they are a new student. We're unsure of what that process will look like as we start from ground zero, but we appreciate your patience as we work through rebuilding the clinic together.

Our goal is to re-open during the first full week of September.

To help us prepare for reopening, please refer to the instructions on the website regarding the proper procedures for sending us:

  1. Our fully completed allergy forms
  2. Your orders and flow sheets
  3. Your vials

Please keep in mind, this rollout is a complicated undertaking and it is likely that your usual dose schedule will be delayed, but we will work closely with you and your home allergy office to minimize disruption. We promise to make every effort to resume your allergy shots as quickly as it is safely possible to do so.

If you have questions, please email them to dshallergyclinic@duke.edu.

We look forward to seeing you all again, very soon.

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The Duke Student Health Allergy Clinic is staffed by a registered nurse with specialized training in administering allergy immunotherapy, who is supervised by a Duke Student Health MD.  
 

Information to Share with Your Home Allergy Office  

Allergy injections are covered by the Student Health Fee, but will NOT be given without written orders, current injection schedules and fully completed forms, all signed and dated by the prescribing physician.  Orders and schedules must be emailed to dshallergyclinic@duke.edu. Please note that we do not accept orders from PAs, NPs or RNs.  All forms and orders must be signed and dated by an MD only. In addition, we do not accept phone orders. 

  • Students utilizing the Allergy Clinic must complete a consent form to receive treatment.   
  • Provide your allergist with this form: Request For Allergy Immunotherapy-Non SHC Provider
  • All forms must be emailed to dshallergyclinic@duke.edu.  
  • Extract vials may not be mailed to Duke Student Health via the US Postal Service as our mail is delivered to an offsite warehouse and can take time to reach us.  
  • In order to maintain the integrity of the extracts, vials must be sent via FedEx or UPS next-day services or may be hand delivered to DSHAC by the student.    
  • When shipping vials, please consider our hot North Carolina temperatures and ship vials appropriately with cold packs.   

A Few Important Things to Note 

  • The Duke Student Allergy Clinic does not initiate allergy immunotherapy.  You must receive your first injections from your allergist.  
  • If you are required by your home allergist to carry your EpiPen with you on shot days and you do not have it with you, you will not receive your shots.  Please be sure to check the expiration of your EpiPen before returning to Duke.  
  • All students must abide by a 30 minute wait time following shots and have injection sites checked by the nurse before leaving the clinic.  
  • Appointments must be made with the allergy nurse and are not available for self-scheduling.  
  • Please be aware that if you are late for an Allergy Clinic appointment, you will have to reschedule.  
  • Students must follow all clinic Covid 19 protocols in place for mask wearing, hand hygiene and symptom monitoring.  
  • Please be sure to have working voicemail on your phone so that we can reach you as needed throughout the year. 

Forms

Student Health no longer provides PPD skin tests for TB testing. We do offer an IGRA TB blood test called a T-spot. There is an $80 fee for this test

  • Students on the Duke Student Blue insurance plan will be given paperwork to submit for partial reimbursement of the cost. 
  • Students on a different health insurance plan should contact their plan administrator to determine if they are eligible for reimbursement.  
  • To schedule an appointment to receive a T-spot, please call 919.681.9355 and select option 1. 
    • Please schedule your appointment before 3 pm to assure that the lab receives your blood work in a timely manner.

Student Health is offering Moderna booster vaccines to those eligible students on M,W, and Th from 9 am - 3 pm.  

The following students are eligible if they completed their primary series at least 6 months ago: those 65 years and older; those 18 years and older living in long-term care settings or working or living in high-risk settings; and those 18 and older who have an underlying medical condition.  

Student Health is offering Johnson and Johnson booster vaccines to all students 18 years and older who were vaccinated 2 or more months ago.

Students interested in receiving the Pfizer booster vaccine should contact DukeHealth or a local pharmacy.

Students should call 919.681.9355 option 1 to schedule their booster doses.  Online scheduling is not available.