Student Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Oberlin College is partnering with Harness Health Partners (HHP) to operate Student Health Services and offer general healthcare to Oberlin Students. We have also partnered with Family Planning Services of Lorain County (FPSLC) to provide reproductive and sexual health services.

What are the basic services offered at Student Health?

Clinical services to include but not limited to the following:

  • Primary care services
  • Immunizations and allergy injections
  • Physicals
  • Respiratory, gastrointestinal, dermatological, urological, and gynecological issues
  • ENT issues (ear pain, ear infection, eye pain, conjunctivitis, etc.)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment
  • General illness
  • Point of service testing (COVID, strep, flu, pregnancy, urinalysis)
  • Routine medications will be dispensed from the HHP clinic (for example, antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, steroids, and antinausea)
  • Miscellaneous services (minor injuries, burns, cuts, scrapes)
  • Referrals to primary care, specialists, etc. as appropriate

How do I make an appointment?

We encourage you to call (440) 775-8180 or email health@oberlin.edu to make an appointment. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

How is Student Health Services staffed?

Student Health will be staffed with healthcare providers from Harness Health Partners (HHP) and Family Planning Services of Lorain County (FPSLC). 

Care providers from HHP will provide all basic and primary care medical services and care providers from FPSLC will attend to reproductive healthcare needs providing students comprehensive care through the Student Health Center. 

HHP staff will be available Monday through Friday. FPSLC staff will be available to meet with students in the Student Health Center every Wednesday. On the days they are off-campus, Oberlin will provide transportation to FPSLC.

Do students have access to birth control through Student Health Services?

Yes. On Wednesdays, students who wish to obtain birth control will be seen by a provider from FPSLC at the Student Health Center. They will be able to prescribe and dispense a variety of birth control options including the pill, IUD, ring, and diaphragm. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, students who would like to see an FPSLC care provider  should call Student Health at (440) 775-8180 to arrange for transportation to FPSLC.

Do you offer Plan B and other emergency contraceptives?

Yes. A care provider from FPSLC can provide Plan B when requested, and may recommend and prescribe other emergency contraceptives as indicated.

Do you offer STI testing?

Yes, STI testing, and treatment will be provided by a Student Health Services care provider.

What support is available for a student who is pregnant?

If a student is pregnant, they may seek support and resources through the Student Health Center that are best aligned with their wishes. Recommendations/treatment/guidance is decided within the collaborative relationship of the student and their healthcare provider.

T shots and general thoughts about care and support for trans individuals?

Transgender care will be referred to the specialists handling trans-affirming and gender-affirming care. However, if a student has a physician who is already handling this care, student health services can support that process through collaboration.

Where can I go if student health doesn't have what I need? How is that paid for?

There are multiple providers within student health services. If additional services are needed, appropriate referrals and resources will be provided to the student to get the care required. If a student is referred outside of Student Health, these services would be covered by the student’s health insurance or the student may seek financial assistance through ObieCares. 

What form of payment can I use at Student Health Services?

Services/fees can be paid with credit, debit, and Student Account charge.

Can I use my health insurance to pay?

We do not bill any insurance directly other than Academic Health Plans Insurance for the above listed services. A Walk Out statement will be provided for your submission to your insurance company. You will receive the negotiated contract price based on the terms of your policy.

Do I need to bring my health insurance card for every visit to SHS or other medical facilities?

Bring your health insurance card or mobile App to each visit. This will also allow us to make a copy for your chart if needed. You will need your insurance card for lab and x-ray procedures, referrals, other office visits, walk-in clinic, urgent care, ER visits and to fill prescriptions at the local pharmacy.

Where can I go for health care needs after hours or when Student Health Services is closed?

After hours or weekend, Oberlin Walk-in Clinic is located at 224 W. Lorain St. Suite 100, hours are 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

If you have emergency healthcare needs, Mercy Allen Hospital can be reached at (440) 775-1211. If you have a transport need for medical care, call Campus Safety at (440) 775-8444 . 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.