Health & Wellness
Health Services

Health Requirements

Health and Wellness is committed to holistically engaging students in collaborative and compassionate care to support their self discovery, intellectual growth, and lifelong wellbeing.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Effective June 1, 2023, Brown will no longer require the COVID-19 vaccination for faculty, staff, students or visitors. However, we strongly recommend that individuals obtain the primary vaccine series and stay updated with bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Learn more at the Healthy Brown website.

Health Services Eligibility for Use

Every student is charged a Health Fee each semester which allows them to utilize the services of Health and Wellness which includes BWell Health Promotion, Counseling & Psychological Services, EMS, Health Services and Student Accessibility Services. This is a separate charge from the student health insurance that may be waived.

    Secure Communication

    Select departments within Health and Wellness use secure messaging as a tool for communicating with you about personal health information (PHI), as it is more secure than email. This communication tool is not to be used in urgent situations.

    When we send you a message, you will receive an email to your Brown gmail account from with the subject line "You have a health related message from Brown Health Services." The secure message becomes a permanent part of your medical record.  Please review these messages and do not block them in your spam folder. 

    Students can access secure messaging through the Brown Patient Portal.

      For Urgent Needs 24/7

      • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - call 401-863-4111
      • Medical Issues - call 401-863-3953 to speak with a nurse
      • Counseling Needs - call 401-863-3476 to speak with a therapist
      • Confidential Sexual Assault Help Line - call 401-863-6000

      Nursing Advice

      Once you arrive on campus, medical advice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 401-863-3953 anytime for questions or advice on what to do when you are feeling ill or have a health-related question. Please visit our homepage for more information on all of our services.

      For general questions, email or call the nursing staff at 401-863-3953.

      What to Bring to Campus

      • A copy of your insurance card and a copy of your prescription plan card (if applicable)
      • Prescription medications (with written prescription from your physician if possible)
      • Over-the-counter medications: Tylenol, Advil, cold medications, vitamins, sunblock (Our pharmacy stocks many of these items, often at a lower cost than the area stores; we can also bill the charges to your student account.)
      • Thermometer
      • If you wear contacts, bring eyeglasses in your current prescription as a backup.
      • Allergy Serum: Our nursing staff is available to administer injections. Please review our allergy injections guidelines.
      • If you use any injectable medications, prevent injuries to others by bringing a sharps container.  You can also get a FREE bio-hazard container at Health Services. Your full container can be brought to Health Services for disposal and exchange.