Carnegie Mellon University

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

As a new student, there are several health requirements you must fulfill prior to the start of classes. Please review the following details regarding immunizations, health insurance, and online courses. 

Immunizations

All new students to the Pittsburgh campus must submit immunization information, including uploading a CMU Immunization Record Form signed by their healthcare provider before arriving on campus. Students should log into HealthConnect and select Medical Clearances in the left menu to review and submit all required health information.

Failure to comply with the below requirements will result in administrative suspension and removal from university housing. 

Your records must verify the following immunizations:

COVID-19 (applies to all students in U.S.-based programs and in approved study abroad programs overseas)

CMU accepts all World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines. Details and frequently asked question about the COVID vaccine requirement can be found on the COVID-19 Updates website

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)
To learn about this risks associated with these diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages on: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.

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)
To learn about the risks associated with this disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Varicella page.

Meningococcal (applies to 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. 
To learn about the risks associated with this disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Meningococcal Disease page.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Form

  • followed by TB testing, if indicated
To learn about the risks associated with this disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuberculosis page.

Need a required vaccine?

The following nearby pharmacies offer Varicella, Meningitis, and MMR vaccines on a walk-in basis and are in-network for CMU SHIP (so the vaccines are fully covered for students with CMU SHIP):

CVS MinuteClinic

Rite Aid Pharmacy

Giant Eagle Market District Pharmacy

Giant Eagle Pharmacy

Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic is another local option for vaccines.

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 the following tests, no more than 6 months before the start of your classes at CMU Pittsburgh:

If you have had Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, we accept a negative IGRA blood test.

If you have not had BCG vaccine, we accept a negative tuberculin skin test or a negative IGRA blood test.

After being officially enrolled, you can access all of our online forms and upload records in HealthConnect, under Medical Clearances in the left menu.  

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. Incoming students only need to complete the online forms and upload their vaccine/immunization records for verification. Before completing your forms, please gather your health and vaccine records, and review the information with your family, if needed.
Submit your information 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 is not advised for medical reasons or conflicts with your religious belief/strong moral or ethical conviction. You can find and submit a vaccine exemption form in HealthConnect, under Downloadable Forms.

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

All full-time students (and some part-time, degree-seeking students, depending on program requirements) who are physically located within the U.S. 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, through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The CMU SHIP Highmark BCBS PPO plan is a national plan with participating health care providers across the U.S. 

2022-2023 Annual CMU SHIP Premium Rates (New Fall 2022 students)

Coverage August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP Medical)

          Dental Plan           (optional)

         Vision Plan          (optional)

Student Only $2,262.96 $226.00 $70.56

Student and:        Partner OR 1 Child

$4,480.92 $379.84 $138.36
Student and:                2+ Children $6,698.76 $569.56 $205.92
Student and:        Partner AND 1 Child $6,698.76 $569.56 $205.92
Student and:        Partner AND 2+ Children $8,916.72 $569.56 $205.92

2022-2023 plan documents will be available soon - please check back for updates. You may refer to the 2021-2022 plan documents, as the plan details will be very similar, with no changes to benefits and coverage.

2021-2022 Student Insurance Plan Information

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.

Substance Use & Sexual Violence Prevention Programs

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 about substance use and sexual violence prevention.

Alcohol & Sexual Assault Prevention

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 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
  • Complete the health history form in HealthConnect
  • Read and acknowledge the UHS treatment agreement in HealthConnect
  • Read and acknowledge our Statement of Privacy Practices