UMass Boston

General Medicine
All departmental services are located in the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd floor.
Phone: 617-287-5660
Fax: 617-287-3977
Counseling Center

24/7 Crisis Phone Support
855.634.4135

Phone: 617.287.5690
Fax: 617.287.5507
Health & Wellness

Our Services

Our health center is staffed by board-certified healthcare providers with training and experience in college health. Common health concerns seen at UHS vary from:

  • Infections, such as sore throats, colds, flu, urinary tract infections
  • Injuries, such as sprains, wounds, concussions, lacerations
  • Symptoms, such as abdominal pain, fatigue, cough, dizziness
  • Chronic conditions, such as asthma, migraines, ADHD
  • Skin issues, such as acne, rashes, bites
  • Musculoskeletal issues, such as back pain, joint pain
  • Procedures, such as ear irrigations, dressing changes, wart treatment
  • Sports Physicals + Sport Injury Evaluations
  • Sexual Health Issues

Dental

Flosstime is coming to UMass Boston from February 12 - 16, 2024 and will be conveniently located at the UHS General Medicine clinic on the second floor of the Quinn Administration Building!

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FlossTime Dental Clinic

The health and well-being of the campus community is a high priority for the University of Massachusetts Boston. For this reason, we are excited to announce that University Health Services is introducing a collaboration with FlossTime a mobile dental provider. FlossTime clinicians will be on-campus to provide dental cleanings, dental exams, mobile x-rays, Invisalign scanning, and teeth whitening to UMass Boston students, staff, and faculty! FlossTime will help offer a convenient solution to UMass Boston students by eliminating travel and other inconveniences that typically come with attending a routine dental appointment.

The clinic is conveniently located at the UHS General Medicine clinic on the second floor of the Quinn Administration building.

FlossTime accepts Mass Health insurance and other major dental insurance plans. Those with no insurance can still enjoy a New Patient Special for $299 which includes a dental cleaning, exam, and x-rays.

We hope you will enjoy this service and we look forward to seeing your bright and healthy smiles around campus!

Upcoming Clinic Dates:

  • February 12 - 16, 2024 at UHS General Medicine

Primary Care

Whether you have a primary care provider (PCP) at home who you want to keep seeing throughout college, or if you want to see a UHS provider while you're a student, you can access high-quality medical care on campus with our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who specialize in college health.

Providers can provide/coordinate care for students, including:

  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Illnesses, Injuries, Acute & Chronic Conditions
  • Annual Wellness Visits
  • Medication Management
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Gender-Affirming Care
  • Sports Physicals (UMB Athletes only)
  • Health Screenings
  • Referrals

Telehealth Services

We offer telehealth appointments via HIPAA-secure Zoom. To schedule a telehealth appointment, please call (617) 287-5660. 

Telehealth visits may be appropriate for the following health concerns:

  • Mental Health - Initial and follow-up visits
  • Management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, thyroid disease
  • Follow-up - Lab/diagnostic testing results
  • Pre-existing condition follow-ups
  • Medication management
  • Birth control consult
  • Asymptomatic STI testing
  • UTI symptoms

Patients may be asked to visit UHS to provide necessary lab specimens or tests. At providers’ discretion, a telehealth appointment may lead to a need for in-person evaluation.  

If you have a telehealth appointment at UHS, here's what to expect:

  1. Once you've made your appointment, check your email or the My Health Beacon Portal "Secure Messages." You should receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom URL for your appointment.
  2. Log in to the My Health Beacon Portal and click the "Health Requirements & Forms" tab. See if you have any required forms you need to fill out.
  3. At your appointment time, click the Zoom URL you received to join your appointment waiting room.

Equipment necessary for a telehealth appointment:

  • Internet or cellular data connection
  • Cell phone or computer with working camera and microphone (video calls), OR cell phone or computer with working microphone (voice calls)
  • Private space
  • Headphones with microphone (optional)

Sexual & Reproductive Health

We offer several sexual and reproductive health services, including:

  • Birth control education, counseling, and management
  • Emergency contraception counseling and prescriptions (free)
  • HIV testing, diagnoses, and counseling
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations
  • Menstrual products for emergencies (free)
  • Menstrual-related diagnoses and treatment, including irregular or absent periods
  • Pain evaluation, including pelvic pain and painful sex symptoms
  • Pregnancy testing, options counseling, and medication abortion referrals
  • PrEP and PEP counseling
  • Routine vaginal exams, including Pap tests and follow-up)
  • Safer sex supplies, including external condoms, dental dams, lubricant (free)
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Urinary tract and vaginal infections diagnoses and treatment

Birth Control

Interested in starting birth control? Maybe you are already using birth control, but want to try a different type or have your IUD, implant, or diaphragm removed. Whatever your questions, concerns or needs may be, University Health Services can help. Birth control services are available in our General Medicine Clinic.

Forms of Birth Control Available at UHS:

We can provide referrals for implants (Nexplanon), intrauterine devices (IUD), and diaphragms.

How to Book an Appointment:

Menstrual Products

UHS General Medicine has a small supply of free pads and tampons in the lobby of the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd Floor, and in the patient bathroom. If you do not see any, please ask the Front Desk.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is birth control you can use to prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. It's safe and effective. Emergency contraception is NOT the abortion pill.

Ways to Access EC Pills:

If you do not see appointments within 48 hours, please call the UHS General Medicine clinic at (617) 287-5660. Please note: We are closed on weekends and holidays. 

Resources:

PrEP & PEP

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

PrEP is a medicine that can help prevent HIV -- it can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by up to 99%. Anyone who is sexually active and doesn't have HIV can use PrEP. Once you're on PrEP, you'll need to get tested every 2-3 months for HIV, depending on the type you're taking. Click here to learn more about PrEP.

How to Book an Appointment:

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is a series of pills you can start taking very soon after you've been exposed to HIV that lowers your chances of getting it. You must start PEP within 72 hours (3 days) after exposure or it won't work. The sooner you start, the better it works. Click here to learn more about PEP.

Doxy-PEP Fact Sheet

How to Book an Appointment:

If you do not see appointments within 48 hours, please call the UHS General Medicine clinic at (617) 287-5660. Please note: We are closed on weekends and holidays. 

Safer Sex Supplies

Clinic Supplies

UHS General Medicine has a supply of condoms in the lobby of the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd Floor. If you do not see any, please ask the Front Desk. You can find condoms in each of our exam rooms - or you can ask a nurse for a specific item!

sExpress

sExpress is a FREE safer sex supply delivery service for students on campus! Through an online form, students can order a variety of materials to be discretely delivered to their Parcel Pending Lockers OR order to be picked up at UHS. sExpress is a great way to learn and try out new products.

Resources Available to Request

  • Emergency contraception (Levonorgestrel Tablet 1.5 mg)
  • External latex condoms
  • External latex-free condoms
  • Flavored dental dams
  • Personal lubricant
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Consent Education
  • STIs & Testing Education
  • HIV & Testing Education

How to Order sExpress

  1. Click on the order form and sign in.
  2. Fill out the order form.
  3. You will get an email when your envelope will be delivered to the Residence Halls or be available for pickup at UHS within 2 business days! 

STI & HIV Testing

About 1 in 4 college students has an STI - and many STIs have no symptoms!

Types of Tests Available at UHS:

Providers will help determine which tests patients need.

How to Book an Appointment:

If you develop any symptoms (including unusual genital discharge, burning with urination, genital sores, rash/bumps, or pelvic pain), or if you have a positive or symptomatic partner, you should make an appointment for testing at the UHS General Medicine clinic. If you do not see appointments within 48 hours, please call the UHS General Medicine clinic at (617) 287-5660. Please note: We are closed on weekends and holidays. 

What to Know Before You Get Tested:

  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing should be done for all body sites which may have been exposed (throat, rectal self-swab, vaginal self-swab, or urine sample). If a urine sample is being collected, it is important to refrain from urination for 1-2 hours before the visit.
  • HIV and Syphilis testing involves a blood draw in the laboratory.

Immunizations

Required Immunizations

Required Immunizations

  • Hepatitis B (Energix-B and Hepislav-B)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR-II)
  • Meningococcal Conjugate A, C, W, Y (Menveo and Menactra)
  • Tdap/Pertussis (Boostrix)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria (Tenivac)
  • Varicella (Varivax)

Immunization & Screening Requirements

Book an Immunization Appointment

Routine & Preventative Immunizations

We offer the following recommended immunizations:

  • Human Papilloma Virvus (Gardasil 9-valent)
  • Influenza (seasonal)
  • Meningococcal B (Bexsero)

Book an Immunization Appointment

Travelwell

University Health Services can help prepare UMass Boston student travelers with appropriate health and security information, as well as immunizations and medications, to help reduce the risk of illness and injury related to international travel.

Travel Vaccines

If you're planning international travel, you may need additional recommended vaccinations. University Health Services provides health-related travel advice and vaccinations. Call UHS Front Desk at (617) 287-5660 at least four weeks before your trip, so you can complete the necessary immunizations for your destination.

International Travel Services

Services include:

  • Information concerning health risks in destination countries. You will receive specific materials for your destination(s).
  • Administration of vaccines recommended or possibly required for your destination(s) to prevent illness.
  • Medications to help prevent malaria, and altitude sickness and to self-treat diarrhea if it occurs while traveling.
  • Educational materials with helpful and up-to-date information about travel-related topics. 
  • Recommendations tailored to you and your itinerary taking into consideration your immunization and medical history, your current medications, allergies, your planned activities, and type of accommodations.

Start taking the steps toward a healthy trip - we recommend making an appointment about 3 months before your trip! Some travel vaccines take up to a month to complete. 

Book an Appointment

Laboratory

Our Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-approved laboratory has in-house testing and utilizes Quest Diagnostics as a reference laboratory. We offer many in-office tests, such as pregnancy, strep throat, and flu testing. Some tests need to be sent to a third-party laboratory, Quest Diagnostics. You will be billed directly from Quest for your lab work.

"Can I have lab work done if it was not ordered by a provider at Health Services?"

Yes, you can schedule an appointment on My Health Beacon for an appointment with a provider - make sure to bring the lab requisition and contact information for your ordering provider. You can inform the lab technician that your results need to be sent to an outside ordering provider.

Ask Your Provider...

  • If you need a note for work/school due to illness or injury.
  • If you would like a chaperone present for any part of your examination.
    • Please note: A chaperone is a health care professional aware of their confidentiality duty and familiar with the relevant examination. It cannot be a family member, friend, or significant other. The chaperone can assure you if you have distress or raise any concerns during the visit.
General Medicine
All departmental services are located in the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd floor.
Phone: 617-287-5660
Fax: 617-287-3977
Counseling Center

24/7 Crisis Phone Support
855.634.4135

Phone: 617.287.5690
Fax: 617.287.5507
Health & Wellness