Carnegie Mellon University

Health Services is here to provide quality care during your time as a Carnegie Mellon undergraduate or graduate student.

Review this page for information and required tasks to complete as a new CMU 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)

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • 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

Recommended for all students:

  • Hepatitis A - especially for those traveling internationally
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV2 or HPV4)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)

Recommended for members of high risk groups (consult with your medical provider regarding need):

  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal
We accept a negative tuberculin skin test, a negative chest X-ray or a negative IGRA blood test completed no longer than 6 months before the start of your classes at CMU Pittsburgh.

When you have your andrew ID, you can access all of our online forms in HealthConnect (select Forms). You can also upload your immunization records here. 

Please note: in order to access HealthConnect, your birthdate in the Student Information System (SIO) must be correct. If you are unable to access HealthConnect, check your birthdate in SIO. If it is incorrect, correct it at the HUB. The following day, it should be updated in HealthConnect. If you still have problems, email us for help.

No, the online immunization form and TB screening questionnaire do not allow you to save partial information and return later to complete them. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you:

1. Print a blank copy of our online forms.

2. Gather all of your immunization records.

3. Complete the forms on paper.

4. Review your information with your family, if needed.

5. Enter the information into the online immunization form and TB screening questionnaire.

No. Incoming students only need to complete the online forms and upload their immunization records for verification. Before completing your forms, please gather your health and immunization records, and review the information with your family, if needed.
Submit your immunization form and records prior to the due date with your current information. We will review the information and contact you via your andrew email account to notify you if you are missing any 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.

Learn more about CMU's insurance plans, including costs, enrollment periods and more.

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.

You have the option to pay your insurance premium monthly.

You may also add dependents to your plan during certain times.

If You Apply for a Waiver

If your current insurance meets the university's requirements, you may apply for a waiver. If approved, a credit for the university plan premium fee will appear on your student invoice.

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

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 (to enable text messaging from UHS, add preferred name, update pronouns and gender identity, and confirm local address)
  • Complete the health history form in HealthConnect
  • Read and acknowledge the UHS treatment agreement in HealthConnect
  • Read and acknowledge our Statement of Privacy Practices