Welcome new students!
At this time, Carnegie Mellon is planning for fall 2020 semester classes to begin in Pittsburgh on August 31 as a hybrid model of instruction, which will deliver both in-person and remote teaching and learning. Immunization and health insurance requirements may be impacted by on-campus housing plans that are under development for the fall 2020 semester. We will communicate updates with new and returning students and families as information becomes available. Get the most up-to-date information on Carnegie Mellon’s response to the coronavirus.
Health Services is here to provide quality care during your time as a Carnegie Mellon undergraduate or graduate student.
Immunization and Vaccines
All full-time incoming students to the Pittsburgh campus must complete online immunization and tuberculosis (TB) screening forms, as well as upload immunization records with dates from their healthcare providers to HealthConnect, after you have received your Andrew ID.
If your immunization records are in a language other than English, please translate the date of each vaccine dose into English before uploading.
Failure to comply with the below requirements will result in administrative suspension and removal from university housing.
Your immunization records must verify the following immunizations:
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- 2 doses, or
- combination of 2 measles vaccines, 2 mumps vaccines and 1 rubella vaccine, or
- positive immunoglobin (IgG) antibody blood test to each (proves immunity)
- birth in the U.S. before 1980, or
- Date of disease, or
- 2 doses, or
- positive Immunoglobin (IgG) antibody blood test (proves immunity)
Meningococcal (for students living in university housing)
- single dose of Quadrivalent or Pentavalent at or after age 16
- Pennsylvania requires the completed Meningitis AYWC vaccine.
- We also strongly recommend the Meningitis B vaccine.
Tuberculosis Screening Form
- followed by TB testing, if indicated
Immunization & Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions
What additional immunizations are recommended?
Recommended for all students:
- Hepatitis A - especially for those traveling internationally
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV2 or HPV4)
- Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
Recommended for members of high risk groups (consult with your medical provider regarding need):
- Meningococcal B
I need to complete tuberculosis (TB) testing based on my responses to the TB Screening Questionnaire. What testing do you accept?
Where do I access the online forms and upload my records?
Can I complete the immunization form and TB screening questionnaire in multiple sittings?
Do I need a physical exam?
What if I do not have all of the required immunizations by the due date?
Can I request a waiver from an immunization requirements?
Yes, if vaccination conflicts with your religious or personal beliefs, or is not advised for medical reasons.
To request a waiver, please mail us a signed letter (not an email) that indicates why the vaccination conflicts with your religious or personal beliefs. If you have a medical reason for not receiving a vaccination, the letter must be written and signed by your healthcare provider. Letters must be received by the immunization form due date for your incoming semester.
If a contagious disease outbreak occurs, the University reserves the right to ask students who have not been vaccinated against that disease to leave campus until the outbreak is over.
University Health Insurance Requirement
As a full-time student, you must have medical insurance that meets the university's requirements.
The university offers the Carnegie Mellon University Student Health Insurance Plan (CMU SHIP), as well as vision and dental insurance plans.
If You Enroll in CMU SHIP
The insurance premium fee will remain on your student invoice. If you enroll in the vision or dental plans, or add dependents, the additional charges will appear on your student invoice.
If You Apply for a Waiver
If You Take No Action (not recommended)
If you do not enroll in SHIP or apply for a waiver, you will be enrolled in CMU SHIP. The insurance premium fee will remain on your student invoice.
AlcoholEdu & Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
Health and safety are critically important to the student experience, both in and out of the classroom. All new undergraduate students must complete two online courses: AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates.
These courses are part of our comprehensive approach to substance abuse and sexual violence prevention, and they help to empower students to create a safe and positive campus environment for everyone.
HealthConnect is our secure online portal, where students can complete health history and immunizations forms, schedule certain appointments, order prescription refills, request medical records and more.
Before receiving care at University Health Services, all students should:
- Log into HealthConnect with your Andrew ID and password.
- Update their HealthConnect profile and enable text messaging from UHS
- To enable text messaging:
- Select Profile in the left menu
- In the Text Messaging row, click Edit
- Enter mobile number, check "I would like to receive text messages", and select mobile carrier
- To enable text messaging:
- Complete the health history form in HealthConnect
- Read and acknowledge the UHS treatment agreement in HealthConnect
- Read and acknowledge our Statement of Privacy Practices