All University of Missouri students are required to have immunizations and tuberculosis screenings. Learn more about the MU immunization policy.
If you have dependent children, Missouri law also requires proper immunizations for children to enroll in or attend school. These immunizations can be obtained from your medical provider or from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Health care in the U.S. is a private system and can be quite expensive. Medical insurance allows you to control and cover these costs. MU and U.S. government requirements related to health insurance vary by visa status. Learn more about:
To find a doctor or dentist in Columbia, ask a friend, contact the MU Student Health Center, call Community Health Services at 573-874-7355, or contact the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. It is essential to telephone for an appointment before going to a doctor or dentist. You might have to wait a few days for an appointment unless you are sick or in need of a doctor immediately.
If you have a serious medical emergency, dial 911. Read more about emergency services.
The primary hospitals in Columbia are:
Several specialized outpatient clinics are available for patients who do not need in-patient hospital care. Those commonly used are:
Run by MU Health Care, the Student Health Center is located on the MU campus at 1101 Hospital Drive in the University Physicians Medical Building. Services, including foreign-travel immunizations, are available for MU students and their spouses (for an additional fee). Dependent children are not eligible to use the health center. Find more information at the MU Student Health Center website or by calling 573-882-7481.
The Health Department Clinic is located at 1005 W. Worley St. The clinic offers several vaccinations, tests and reproductive-health services for low fees. Counseling services for MU students are free. Call 573-874-7355 to make an appointment.
The American Red Cross Mid-Missouri Chapter is located at 1805 W. Worley St. The Red Cross regularly offers classes in first aid, water safety, babysitting and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a method of restoring breathing and heartbeat for someone who has stopped breathing). Call the Red Cross at 573-445-9411.
If you or someone you know has been raped or abused, the following information may help:
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