Below is a summary of the services available at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). We encourage you to visit huhs.harvard.edu for detailed, up-to-date information, including department locations, phone numbers, and hours of operation; how to make appointments; event listings and announcements; and additional health information and resources.
Harvard University Health Services is a multispecialty medical practice exclusively for members of the Harvard community—students, faculty, staff, eligible postdocs, retirees, and their dependents. HUHS has three locations across the Harvard campuses. The main location is in Smith Campus Center in Harvard Square, with satellite clinics on the Longwood Medical Area and Law School campuses.
Harvard Square Clinic
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
75 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Medical Area Clinic
275 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Law School Clinic
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard University Health Services clinicians provide confidential, personal care for each patient. Our services include:
- Internal medicine/primary care
- Mental and behavioral health
- Medical and surgical specialties
- Urgent care
- On-site laboratory
- Radiography and ultrasound services
- Physical therapy
- Vision care
- Complementary and alternative medicine
For more information about HUHS or to make an online appointment, please visit huhs.harvard.edu. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment, or the student will incur a charge.
Smith Campus Center
617-495-5711; TTY: 617-495-1211
Urgent care at HUHS provides advice and treatment for urgent health problems, both physical and emotional, that require prompt attention but are not life-threatening emergencies. If a problem seems life threatening, please call 911 immediately.
Please view the HUHS website for details on operating hours. Students are encouraged to call first to schedule an appointment or to obtain advice if unsure whether a medical or mental health need is urgent. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to call their primary care team or mental health provider for advice during regular office hours. Students can find information about their primary care provider in the Patient Portal.
Primary Care/Internal Medicine
Harvard University Health Services provides comprehensive, coordinated health care led by a primary care physician and a primary care team that includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, and health assistants. The team works closely to provide high-quality outpatient care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Routine care includes:
- Physical exams
- Diagnosis and treatment of illness
- Management of chronic conditions
- Routine health screenings
- Preventive care
We recommend that you establish a relationship with your primary care team prior to any urgent medical needs. You can select another primary care physician at any time. Primary care/internal medicine is available at each of our satellite clinic locations.
All students are required to comply with the Massachusetts immunization regulations and submit a complete immunization history to Harvard University Health Services prior to registration. Incomplete or overdue forms may delay registration. There is a fee for most immunizations at HUHS.
We recommend that students receive any required immunizations before they arrive at Harvard, as some health insurance plans will cover the associated costs. If you are unable to obtain these prior to your arrival on campus, you may arrange to get immunizations at various locations in the area, including HUHS. Please note that if you receive your immunizations at HUHS, you will be billed for the cost of the immunization.
Center for Wellness and Health Promotion
All members of the Harvard community can take advantage of the innovative programs, services, and initiatives at the Center for Wellness. Students, faculty, staff, retirees, and University affiliates can schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment, engage in movement-based classes, daily guided meditation, or sign up for a health promotion workshop. Students and Harvard University Group Health Plan members are eligible for discounts on these services.
The Patient Advocate is available to help students:
- Explore the resources available at Health Services
- Provide feedback or suggestions
- Resolve or mediate problems
- Discuss financial assistance options
- Coordinate accessibility arrangements
Discussions with the Patient Advocate are not reflected in your medical record.
HUHS is prepared to meet the general and individualized health care needs of students. Early contact with a primary care clinician is advised to establish a base for continuity of care during a student’s active stay at Harvard. A variety of access services are available through the Accessible Education Office, aeo.fas.harvard.edu, including sign language and oral interpreters. The HUHS Patient Advocate is available to assist in accommodating the needs of patients.
Your right to privacy is important to Harvard University Health Services. We believe that patient confidentiality is an essential aspect of excellent medical and mental health care, and each patient can be assured that all health information is treated confidentially and protected to the fullest extent permissible by law. Our staff members adhere to the following laws, policies, and practices:
- Notice of Privacy Practices.
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Patient rights and responsibilities.
- Release of health care information.
- Limitations of email: Harvard University Health Services cannot guarantee the privacy of email communications; email should not be used for urgent or time-sensitive issues.
- Secure messaging: Students and HUGHP members with a Harvard University Health Services primary care physician have access to the Patient Portal and can communicate directly with clinicians via secure messaging.