International Student Orientation
Welcome to Binghamton! May you enjoy good health and a successful learning experience while in our community. The following information is provided to help you as you learn to use the health care system in the United States, particularly as it is structured on this campus.
For details and other health references:
VISIT OUR WEB PAGE! www2.binghamton.edu/health/
Health Care in the United States...
...is likely to be very different from what you are accustomed to
...may be more costly than you expect, even with insurance
The Most Important Thing - Come to Decker Student Health Services Center first!
...there is no charge for office visits
...you can avoid having to pay a deductible on your insurance
...you can choose to see a male or female physician. All of our nurses are female
and we have three female nurse practitioners
...birth control/family planning services are available
...written material about many health related subjects is available free of charge
...you are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with a nurse
...health educators are available to meet personally with individuals or with groups
...Decker Student Health Services Center maintains a list of area physicians and dentists if it becomes necessary to be cared for off campusHow Decker Student Health Services Center works:
...office hours are from 8:00am-4:45pm Monday through Friday; Walk-in services from 8am-11am; scheduled appointments in the afternoons. Urgent care needs are evaluated throughout the day.
...the office is located on the East Access Road, across from College-in-the-Woods
the telephone number is 607-777-2221
...always bring your validated Binghamton University ID card with you
There is no actual pharmacy and therefore it is not possible to fill prescriptions from other doctors.
YOUR “Medical History Report” IS ESSENTIAL...
...to receive care at Decker Student Health Services Center.
...to gain eligibility to register for classes and to maintain campus housing.
Proof of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunity and the Meningitis Acknowledgement Form must be submitted to Health Services before students will be allowed to register for classes
The TB Screening form must be completed during the first month of classes to avoid delays in future registration. The health forms are available to download at:
They may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed as an attachment to:
Decker Student Health Services Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
**Immunity information is critical. Public Health law requires submission of proof to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella for all students born on or after January 1, 1957. All students (regardless of credit load or birth date) must complete the meningitis response form. If written documentation of necessary information is not available, you must be immunized at the Health Service. This should be attended to as soon as possible as there is often a need for more than one vaccination separated by a month-long interval.
BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOUR LOCAL ADDRESS TO THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SERVICES. IT IS OUR ONLY MEANS OF CONTACTING YOU IN A TIMELY MANNER.
Last Updated: 2/4/13