Your health and safety are important at MU. Both the MU and Columbia policed departments are here to help you should a problem arise, and Columbia is home to several excellent hospitals and health care centers.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 911 and tell the operator what kind of emergency you have. This number will help you contact the police department, fire department or ambulance. Do not hang up until help arrives.
If you do not speak English well or would prefer to talk to a translator, tell the 911 operator your preferred language and they will connect you to a translation service.
Begin searching for a health care provider right away; do not wait until you are sick or injured. To find a doctor, dentist or other health care provider 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 make 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.
Health care in the U.S. is a private system and can be quite expensive. Health insurance allows you to control and cover these costs. MU and U.S. government requirements related to health insurance vary by immigration status. Specific information about these regulations is available on our website: