Duke Student Wellness

How We Can Help

Thumbnail

College can be filled with experiences, adventures and challenges you’ve never seen before. However, when it comes to your health, you can be confident that Duke Student Health and Wellness is familiar with the issues and situations you’re facing. We’ve seen it all before, and we’re equipped to help you feel and function at your best—physically, emotionally, academically and socially. 

Our educators, physicians, counselors, nurses and specialists are experienced experts in their fields. Plus, we have access to an unparalleled network of innovation and expertise. We’re always learning new ways to provide great care that’s culturally relevant, appropriate and sensitive. Every time you come to Duke Student Wellness, you can be confident you’ll receive high-quality care.

Mental & Emotional Wellness

Individual counseling can help the individual student explore, understand, and work through difficulties on a one-to-one basis with a CAPS counselor. Seeking support is a sign of a resourceful student, one able to know when it's time to take action in order to move through the challenges of life here at Duke. Often, simply having an objective person with whom to discuss things brings about a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of strength and confidence. Other times, the process helps students recognize different options. 

First time to CAPS?  Please drop in between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday and ask to speak with a counselor. No appointment is needed. You will meet with a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier in the day you come in the better. Please plan about an hour for your visit.

CAPS has three licensed, Board-certified psychiatrists who have completed specialty training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.  CAPS psychiatrists offer limited psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation within the Duke community, medication evaluations, ongoing medication management within the scope of CAPS services, and referrals for needs that fall outside the scope of care that CAPS provides.

Medication management can include treatment for depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, eating problems, and more. We do not evaluate or treat students for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but we can help with appropriate referral when this is a concern.

Students commonly first meet with one of our therapists before being referred to a CAPS psychiatrist for a medication evaluation. However, students who know their needs will include consideration of medications may request that their initial visit is with one of the psychiatrists. Because we schedule a full hour for the initial medication evaluation and then always schedule half-hour follow-up visits for anyone for whom we prescribe medicine, at times there may be a wait to see a psychiatrist. However, emergency slots are available during the week for urgent medication needs.

First time to CAPS?  Please drop in between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday and ask to speak with a counselor. No appointment is needed. You will meet with a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier in the day you come in the better. Please plan about an hour for your visit.

Group members learn more about themselves and how to connect with others through their interactions with one another.  This group provides the opportunity to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings in the moment, to understand patterns in relationships, to experience and communicate empathy, and to give and receive feedback.   Topics of discussion vary greatly from stress/anxiety, relationships, family concerns, eating and body image concerns, self-esteem, race or cultural identity, gender and sexual orientation identity, academic concerns, and depression.

First time to CAPS?  Please drop in between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday and ask to speak with a counselor. No appointment is needed. You will meet with a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier in the day you come in the better. Please plan about an hour for your visit.

CAPS offers couples counseling to Duke students and their partners struggling with frequent conflicts, problems in communication, loss of intimacy, or difficulty managing a shared crisis. The main goal is to help couples gain clarity on the direction of the relationship moving forward. In some cases, couples decide to continue the relationship and enjoy growth and greater closeness as a result of the counseling experience. In other cases, counseling helps couples reach decisions to end their relationship but do in a way that still promotes growth, respect, and appreciation for each other. 

CAPS offers couples counseling to all students, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. At least one member of the couple seeking couples counseling must be a Duke student.

First time to CAPS?  Please drop in between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday and ask to speak with a counselor. No appointment is needed. You will meet with a counselor on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier in the day you come in the better. Please plan about an hour for your visit.

Physical Wellness

Primary Health Services at Duke University provide confidential, professional treatment for a variety of health needs. Services available include physical exams, information on sexual concerns, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, preventative services, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling, contraceptive counseling, menstrual disorder treatment, HIV testing, HPV and flu vaccines, pregnancy detection, and birth control and pregnancy counseling.

Appointments may be scheduled via phone at 919-681-9355 or online through the Duke MyChart patient portal. You must have a MyChart account to schedule an appointment online. If you do not have a MyChart account, please follow the instructions here to obtain an account.

Staffed by a nurse with specialized training in administering allergy immunotherapy. Allergy injections are covered by the Student Health Fee, but will NOT be given without current written orders and injection schedules from the prescribing physician. Students utilizing the Allergy Clinic must complete a consent formto receive treatment. Please review the information prior to your initial visit.

If you have never received an allergy injection you must receive your first dose from your allergist. Please provide your allergist with the Request for Allergy Immunotherapy - Non-SHC Provider form.


Appointments may be scheduled via phone at 919-681-9355 or online through the Duke MyChart patient portal. You must have a MyChart account to schedule an appointment online. If you do not have a MyChart account, please follow the instructions here to obtain an account.

The Travel Clinic at Duke University provides services for health needs prior to and following travel. Services offered include medical travel advice, recommended and required immunizations, preventative prescriptions and information, health advisories based on travel destination, and comprehensive travel health planners.
 

Appointments may be scheduled via phone at 919-681-9355 or online through the Duke MyChart patient portal. You must have a MyChart account to schedule an appointment online. If you do not have a MyChart account, please follow the instructions here to obtain an account.

The Duke Student Health Center Laboratory offers a wide range of laboratory services provided by certified medical technologists. Lab tests covered by the Student Health Fee include complete blood count, manual differentials, complete urinalysis, fingerstick glucose, wet prep for vaginal infections, KOH skin, rapid strep, rapid mononucleosis, rapid HCG, sed rate, and hemoccult. All other lab tests will be sent to Duke or LabCorp and will be billed to your insurance.
 

Appointments may be scheduled via phone at 919-681-9355 or online through the Duke MyChart patient portal. You must have a MyChart account to schedule an appointment online. If you do not have a MyChart account, please follow the instructions here to obtain an account.

Open to all students, faculty and staff.

Discover the expertise and friendly service you need to help maintain optimal wellness. Our pharmacists and technicians are ready to serve you and support a healthier, happier Duke community.

We are happy to offer:

  • Fast, friendly, convenient service.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Counseling on medication use.
  • Prescription transfer to and from outside pharmacies.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another during sexual contact (intimate skin-to-skin touching; vaginal, oral, or anal sex). STIs affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. In the U.S. alone there are approximately 19 million new cases each year, about half of which occur among young adults age 15-24 years. If you have symptoms of an STI, such as sores on the genitals, discharge from the penis or vagina, or lower abdominal / pelvic pain, it's important to get tested.

But remember:

  • Many STIs do not cause any symptoms
  • Many people have sexually transmitted infections and never know it

  • Many people get or spread infections without ever having symptoms

Appointments may be scheduled via phone at 919-681-9355 or online through the Duke MyChart patient portal. You must have a MyChart account to schedule an appointment online. If you do not have a MyChart account, please follow the instructions here to obtain an account.

Student Health Nutrition Services at Duke University encourages an environment that educates, supports and facilitates a student€™s ability to develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors; collaborates with Duke Dining to offer a nutritious and appealing food environment that allows students to nourish their bodies while feeding their minds; offers a high level of clinical care in a respectful and caring manner; educates students by implementing ongoing campus-wide nutrition initiatives and works collaboratively with other support organizations in order to deliver the highest level of nutrition services possible.

Nutrition services at Student Health can assist you with a range of options such as dietary intervention for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, hypertension, weight management, disordered eating, sports performance issues, or any dietary topic that you might be concerned about. Some people just come in to see if they are eating well. Group counseling sessions are available upon request please contact us for more information 919-613-1218.

Immunization Requirements for Undergraduate/Graduate/Professional Students - non-Health Sciences (required)

Immunization Requirements for Health Sciences  (required) - Medical, Nursing, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Pathology Assistants, Ophthalmology Assistants 

If you have any questions, please contact Student Health, Immunization Compliance Coordinator at immunizations@duke.edu.

Overall Wellness Promotion & Risk Mitigation

Health Coaching is a service offered by DuWell to all students - undergraduates and graduates. Both group and individual sessions are available. The purpose of Health Coaching is to assist students to understand how the different dimensions of wellness relate to each other. If one area of wellness is out of balance it can impact numerous other areas. Coaching is a partnership with the student so the student can identify areas to be brought back into balance and set an action plan to do so.

DuWell offers students the opportunity to meet individually with a staff member to explore options for reducing or quitting their tobacco use. Consultations are free and may be one-time or ongoing depending on the individual's need for support. We can also connect you with other resources both on and off campus.

INDIVIDUAL BASICS

BASICS is a screening program for alcohol and other drug use/abuse. This program assists students to identify their patterns of use and the risk factors associated with those patterns. Students work with a staff member on ideas of how to reduce their risk and implement their harm reduction strategy. Most students who attend BASICs are then able to manage their plan on their own, but Duke Student Wellness Center provides ongoing support as needed.
If you are interested in helping a friend, or if you are a campus professional who is interested in learning more about talking to students about alcohol and other drugs, please click here.
For more information on BASICS or to set up an appointment please email the DuWell or call 919-681-8421.

GROUP BASICS

Similar to Individual BASICS, Group BASICS is a screening program for alcohol and other drug use/abuse that allows students to explore and identify their patterns of use and the risk factors associated with those patterns in a small group setting. Students will often be referred to Group BASICS by the Office of Student Conduct or HDRL for first-time low-level alcohol violations. Students work with a staff member on ideas of how to reduce their risk and implement their harm reduction strategy.

 

Is your student group planning a social event for students on campus? We provide training and advising for Duke student groups that are planning/hosting campus events. Read more to learn how we can help you create a great event that is safe and fun.

How We Can Help
DuWell provides advising and consultations for Duke student groups that are planning to host on-campus events. We are happy to work with your group on an ongoing basis to develop and implement a risk management plan.

Also, the Party Monitor program is in place to assist student groups to see all of the risks inherent in hosting a social event and reduce the risks.

Planning a Large Scale Event?
We can provide consultations to assist in the planning process for major campus events like LDOC, Joe College Day, Game Day or smaller events organized by student groups.

Organizers of these types of large scale entertainment venues have greater numbers of concerns to evaluate to minimize the negative consequences of alcohol and substance use that may be associated with these events.