Health and Well-Being

We all need to feel well to do well. There are many campus and community resources devoted to helping you manage your physical and mental health, and your overall well-being, as a student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

University Health Service (UHS)

University Health Service (UHS) is your campus health clinic and wellness resource. Univesrity of Michigan students who are currently enrolled in regular classes on the Ann Arbor campus pay a health service fee as part of tuition. As a result, students can receive the following UHS services at no cost:

  • Clinic visits in Primary Care Clinic, Quick Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Specialty Clinics, and Nutrition Clinic
  • Nurse Advice by phone (734-764-8320), day or night
  • Laboratory testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI), pregnancy and hormonal testing for trans care
  • Sexual assault exam services and any associated laboratory testing
  • Wolverine Wellness services including Wellness Coaching, safer sex supplies, and Collegiate Recovery Program
  • And more

For other UHS services, students (and/or their personal health insurance) may be billed. See more at Costs for Students. Any out-of-pocket expenses depend on what kind of care you need and your insurance plan. Health insurance plans vary a great deal and may cover only part of the costs. Please check with your insurance about coverage, because students are responsible to pay any part that isn't covered by health insurance.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is highly recommended to cover some costs at UHS and costs for services received elsewhere, including at Michigan Medicine hospitals and clinics. Costs may include medications, visits to specialists outside UHS, ambulance, emergency room visits, and hospitalization. If you do not have insurance, consider purchasing the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan.

International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa type are required to have health insurance that meets the University's standards. Health insurance coverage is coordinated through the University of Michigan International Center. For contact information and office hours, see the the University of Michigan International Center Health Insurance Office Hours.

UHS can help if you have questions about health care services and insurance on campus. Call 734-764-8320 or email ContactUHS@umich.edu. For more information about health resources on campus, see Well-being for U-M Students.

Dental Health

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry offers a wide variety of dental services to the public and University community. Service is provided by supervised student providers or specialty residents.

The Dental Faculty Associates is a private practice setting within the School of Dentistry where patients are treated exclusively by faculty dentists. The Dental Faculty Associates offer a full range of dental services.

Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine, located at 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., offers inpatient and outpatient care, in addition to vast research and teaching facilities. The eight-unit complex includes University Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. More than 110 specialty services, ranging from Emergency Services and Obstetrics-Gynecology to Pediatrics and Psychiatry, are available. The costs of care at Michigan Medicine, however, are not covered by student fees. Check with your health insurance for questions about copays and coverage.

Mental Health

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free and confidential services for currently enrolled University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Services are free and confidential. Services include:

  • Brief counseling for individuals, couples and groups
  • Consultation to students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Assistance with referrals to community resources
  • Crisis interventions


The School of Public Health has an embedded CAPS counselor, Meaghan Narula, who is available to public health students: mbnarula@umich.edu

Mental Health Services at University Health Service (UHS)

UHS provides medication management of common mental health issues; a Care Manager for screenings, referral and follow-up, or just to talk; Wellness Coaching to discuss how mental health and well-being impact success at the University of Michigan; and the Collegiate Recovery Program for students in recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction, or those interested in learning about recovery.

Wolverine Support Network

Wolverine Support Network (WSN) empowers University of Michigan students to create an inclusive community and support each other’s identity, mental well-being, and day-to-day lives.

University of Michigan Depression Center

The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. The Center develops, disseminates, and advances state-of-the-art science, education, treatment, and prevention strategies for clinical depression.

Sports and Recreation

Physical Fitness Facilities and Classes

There are three indoor U-M Department of Recreational Sports facilities:

Memberships are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public. All University of Michigan students have an automatic membership which includes access to all of the facilities when they pay their student activity fee each semester.

Programs

  • The Intramural Sports Program provides a broad spectrum of activity for personal enjoyment, fitness, and competition. Through various team, individual, and dual activities, the program offers every individual and/or group in the campus community an opportunity to participate.
  • The Club Sports Program includes more than 45 club sports ranging from archery to water polo. Participation may be structured or casual, it may incorporate competition, instruction, and social fellowship, or any combination. Each club is developed, governed, and administered by the student membership of that particular club. The key to the success of this program is student leadership, interest, involvement, and participation.
  • The Adventure Leadership Trips are for you if you’re interested in activities like kayaking, rock climbing, or snow shoeing. More than 30 trips are offered each year. Opportunities to backpack in the Smokies, dog sled in the northwoods of Canada, or mountain bike a local trail are made available to the University of Michigan community. Camping gear, canoes, skis, climbing shoes, portable volleyball systems, and more can be rented through the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center.
  • The Adventure Leadership Team Programs is an experiential team building program providing organizations with exciting Teambuilding and High Ropes Course experiences. Their specially trained facilitators utilize state-of-the-art adventure learning techniques to deliver powerful and effective experiences to groups of all kinds.
MHealthy Exercise and Relaxation Classes

University of Michigan faculty, staff, students and the general public can register for more than 100 classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, body sculpting, spinning, step aerobics, and much more. Classes are offered at various locations on or near the University’s Ann Arbor campus.

Kinesiology Community Programs

Kinesiology Community Programs has been providing group exercise classes for over 30 years. It offers a wide variety of group exercise and wellness classes to University of Michigan faculty, staff, students, and others affiliated with the university. Cardio, strength and conditioning, yoga and Pilates classes, as well as instruction in swim, tennis, golf, and Tae Kwon Do are among the offerings. Most are held at the Central Campus Recreation Building.

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed offers cardio classes, water aerobics, weight training, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, dance, and many other health and wellness classes for children and adults year round. Check the website for schedules and fees.

Ann Arbor YMCA

The Ann Arbor YMCA, located at 400 W. Washington, has free-weight areas, exercise machines, and a swimming pool available for members. Additionally, they offer aerobics, weight training, martial arts, yoga, spinning, and other fitness classes year round for a fee (no membership necessary).

Learn more about University of Michigan Recreational Sports opportunities. 

Religion and Spirituality

Reflection Rooms

There are a number of reflection rooms on campus and at the School of Public Health intended for students and other members of the university community to pray, meditate, and otherwise spend time in quiet reflection. Follow the link above for a list of reflection rooms on campus with location information, hours, and descriptions of each space.

Religious/Spiritual Student Groups

Visit Maize Pages to view a list of student groups with a religious or spiritual focus and links to group information.