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Student Health Services and Immunizations

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If you are working through the challenges posed by the current situation, sick or injured, managing a chronic health problem, or working to develop a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help you. As a new USF Bull, visit our website to learn more about immunization requirements and medical services.

The Student Health Services Compliance Office is standing by to help you and answer your questions. Reach out to our staff by email:

Immunizations: immunization@shs.usf.edu
Insurance: insurance@shs.usf.edu

USF Tampa Student Health Services
Phone: (813) 974-2331

USF St. Petersburg Wellness Services
Phone: (727) 873-4422

USF Sarasota-Manatee Student Health Services
Phone: (941) 487-4254


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Updated 5/14/20

General Questions - Updated 5/14/20

Is the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting the timeline for processing immunization records or insurance documents?

The Student Health Services Compliance Office is currently operational and working remotely at 100% capacity. We continue to review, process and update student records within our standard processing time.

How long will the immunization compliance process take?

Please allow 3-5 business days for review of vaccination dates and medical documentation. Status and comments can be viewed in OASIS by clicking the Personal Tab and scrolling down to View Immunization Records. Optional vaccinations can be declined. Those age 18 or older may electronically sign the USF Medical History. These proactive steps will help our office efficiently process your records. Please submit your immunization records and signed USF Medical History Form through MyBullsPath no later than one week prior to orientation. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through the USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.

Are any vaccines optional?

Yes. Vaccinations for Meningitis and Hepatitis B series are recommended but optional. They may be declined by logging into oasis.usf.edu and reviewing comments. By checking the boxes, you are acknowledging the recommendation. Click here for an example of how to acknowledge and decline optional vaccinations.

Where can I find an explanation and examples of USF's immunization requirements?

With difficulty making an appointment with a physician to get immunizations and possible difficulty obtaining immunization records, will USF relax the immunization policy is summer and fall?

USF is aware of the challenges students may be experiencing in obtaining immunizations in light of the current pandemic novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SHS will still be adherent to the University’s policies and procedures regarding immunizations but may provide temporary waivers to allow for class registration in order to accommodate for the difficulties families may be currently encountering in obtaining immunizations. To be considered for a temporary exception, students should submit any vaccination records available to MyBullsPath and email our office with your USF ID # and a brief explanation.

Am I required to submit my medical history form and proof of immunizations if the semester is moved to online instruction?

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

When is the deadline to submit my medical history and proof of immunizations?

No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, please sign the USF Medical History Form, provide proof of required vaccinations, and electronically acknowledge/decline optional vaccinations through the OASIS student portal. For those students not yet 18 years old, please print the USF Medical History Form for both student and parent/guardian to sign. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded to MyBullsPath. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.

Is proof of health insurance required for enrollment?

Domestic undergraduate students are not required to show proof of insurance unless their College requires proof of insurance as a condition of enrollment (i.e. Colleges of Nursing and Medicine). However, in order to register for any courses, international students are required to indicate their intentions for insurance coverage. Payment for school medical insurance or proof of adequate medical insurance should be submitted within the 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. Summer B students should submit payment or documents prior to the start of courses. For Fall 2020, the compliance period is August 3 through August 21. For new Fall students, the final day to make payments or submit proof of insurance is the Friday before Fall classes begin, which is August 21, 2020.


New Freshman (FTIC - First Time in College after High School Graduation) - Updated 5/14/20

Is Student Health Services Compliance Office receiving (and answering) phone calls?

No, the Compliance Office is working remotely. The call center is now directing all students to email the appropriate department within the Compliance Office:

Immunizations: immunization@shs.usf.edu
Insurance: insurance@shs.usf.edu

I want to make my housing room selection. How long will the immunization compliance process take?

Please allow 3-5 business days. Status and comments can be viewed in OASIS by clicking the Personal Tab and scrolling down to View Immunization Records. Optional vaccinations can be declined. Those age 18 or older may electronically sign the USF Medical History. These proactive steps will help our office efficiently process your records. Provide immunization records and signed USF Medical History Form no later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation.

Are any vaccines optional?

Yes. Vaccinations for Meningitis and Hepatitis B series are recommended but optional. They may be declined by logging into oasis.usf.edu and reviewing comments. By checking the boxes, you are acknowledging the recommendation. Click here for an example of how to acknowledge and decline optional vaccinations.

Do I have to provide proof of medical insurance to waive a school insurance requirement?

Although adequate health coverage is recommended, USF does not require insurance as a condition to enroll or register for classes for most undergraduate populations. Admitted students in the Health Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy are required by their college. International students are required by federal and state law. Other students do not need to provide proof of insurance to register for courses.

What should I do if I am not yet 18 years old?

Please download and complete the print version of USF's Medical History Form. Both you and your parent/legal guardian must sign and date on line 4. Upload the print form to MyBullsPath. Digital signature is not adequate for minors.

When is the deadline to submit my medical history and proof of immunizations?

No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, please sign the USF Medical History Form, provide proof of required vaccinations, and electronically acknowledge/decline optional vaccinations through the OASIS student portal. For those students not yet 18 years old, please print the USF Medical History Form for both student and parent/guardian to sign. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded to MyBullsPath. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.

Am I required to submit my medical history form and proof of immunizations if the semester is moved to online instruction? 

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

If I have a health insurance requirement, what is the deadline?

In order to register for any courses, international students who are taking classes and will reside in the United States, are required to indicate their intentions for insurance coverage. Payment for school medical insurance or proof of adequate medical insurance should be submitted within the three weeks prior to classes beginning. Summer B students should submit payment or documents prior to course start. For Fall 2020, the compliance period is August 3 through August 21. For new Fall students, the final day to make payment or submit proof of insurance is the Friday before Fall classes begin, which is August 21, 2020. 


Transfer Students - Updated 5/14/20

Is Student Health Services Compliance Office receiving (and answering) phone calls?

No, the Compliance Office is working remotely. The call center is now directing all students to email the appropriate department within the Compliance Office:

Immunizations: immunization@shs.usf.edu
Insurance: insurance@shs.usf.edu

How long will the immunization compliance process take?

Please allow 3-5 business days. Status and comments can be viewed in OASIS by clicking the Personal Tab and scrolling down to View Immunization Records. Optional vaccinations can be declined. Those age 18 or older may electronically sign the USF Medical History. These proactive steps will help our office efficiently process your records. Please submit immunization records and signed USF Medical History Form no later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation. 

Are any vaccines optional?

Yes. Vaccinations for Meningitis and Hepatitis B series are recommended but optional. They may be declined by logging into oasis.usf.edu and reviewing comments. By checking the boxes, you are acknowledging the recommendation. Click here for an example of how to acknowledge and decline optional vaccinations.

What immunization records should I request from my previous institution?

Please ask your previous institution for a copy of your vaccination record or ask their Health office to download and complete USF's official Medical History Form.

What are my options if I cannot find my vaccination records?

Here are some possible institutions that may have your vaccination dates: your high school, previous undergraduate institution, county or state department of health. We accept family records and baby booklets provided that the cover page with your name is included in your scanned submission.

When is the deadline to submit my medical history and proof of immunizations?

No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, please sign the USF Medical History Form, provide proof of required vaccinations, and electronically acknowledge/decline optional vaccinations through the OASIS student portal. For those students not yet 18 years old, please print the USF Medical History Form for both student and parent/guardian to sign. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded to MyBullsPath. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.

Am I required to submit my medical history form and proof of immunizations if the semester is moved to online instruction? 

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

Is proof of health insurance required for enrollment?

Domestic undergraduate students are not required to show proof of insurance unless their College requires proof of insurance as a condition of enrollment (i.e. Colleges of Nursing and Medicine). However, in order to register for any courses, international students are required to indicate their intentions for insurance coverage. Payment for school medical insurance or proof of adequate medical insurance should be submitted within the 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. Summer B students should submit payment or documents prior to the start of courses. For Fall 2020, the compliance period is August 3 through August 21. For new Fall students, the final day to make payments or submit proof of insurance is the Friday before Fall classes begin, which is August 21, 2020.


International Students - Updated 5/14/20

Is Student Health Services Compliance Office receiving (and answering) phone calls?

No, the Compliance Office is working remotely. The call center is now directing all students to email the appropriate department within the Compliance Office:

Immunizations: immunization@shs.usf.edu
Insurance: insurance@shs.usf.edu

I want to make my housing room selection. How long will the immunization compliance process take?

Please allow 3-5 business days. Status and comments can be viewed in OASIS by clicking the Personal Tab and scrolling down to View Immunization Records. Optional vaccinations can be declined. Those age 18 or older may electronically sign the USF Medical History. These proactive steps will help our office efficiently process your records. No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, submit your immunization records and signed USF Medical History Form. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.  

Are any vaccines optional?

Yes. Vaccinations for Meningitis and Hepatitis B series are recommended but optional. They may be declined by logging into oasis.usf.edu and reviewing comments. By checking the boxes, you are acknowledging the recommendation. Click here for an example of how to acknowledge and decline optional vaccinations.

What if the Meningitis and/or Hepatitis B Vaccine is not available in my country?

Although these vaccinations are strongly recommended, they are not required. You may decline these vaccinations on USF's Medical History Form. If you have submitted proof of Measles and Rubella vaccinations, as well as, your Tuberculosis screening, you may decline Meningitis and/or Hepatitis B vaccinations digitally through OASIS. Click on the Personal tab and scroll down to View Immunization Record.

What should I do if I only have records of one Measles/Rubella vaccination after my first birthday?

The state of Florida requires two Measles vaccinations after first birthday. Please make arrangements to receive a second vaccination for Measles/Mumps/Rubella and submit the additional documentation through MyBullsPath. If you cannot access health institutions or be vaccinated due to coronavirus/COVID-19, our office may provide a temporary waiver to allow for class registration. To be considered for a temporary exception, please submit vaccination records available to MyBullsPath and then email our office with your USF ID # and a brief explanation.

What are the requirements for recent Tuberculosis screening?

We accept both Mantoux/skin test or laboratory blood test with Quantiferon Gold provided that all required information is submitted. All documents must be in English. A sample of what is required from your doctor or laboratory report can be found on our website.

Do I have to buy insurance prior to registering for classes?

No. Complete the Insurance Agreement to register for classes by indicating your insurance intentions. Proof of insurance coverage or insurance payment is not required for early registration.

Can I buy medical insurance in my home country?

Fall medical insurance should be purchased no earlier than July 15. The State of Florida requirements can change as late as July. Most medical insurance policies are not refundable. Medical insurance requirements will be updated on our webpage in July. Please review our web page July 15 – August 1. Most insurance policies from outside the United States do not meet the University requirements.

What is the deadline to purchase insurance and provide proof to the Compliance Office?

Non-USF policies must be purchased between August 1, 2020 and August 14, 2020. Proof of adequate insurance should be received 10 days before classes begin. Visit our web page for insurance options and process. 20-21 insurance policies cannot end earlier than August 9, 2021.

When is the deadline to submit my medical history and proof of immunizations?

No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, please sign the USF Medical History Form, provide proof of required vaccinations, and electronically acknowledge/decline optional vaccinations through the OASIS student portal. For those students not yet 18 years old, please print the USF Medical History Form for both student and parent/guardian to sign. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded to MyBullsPath. If you do not have access to MyBullsPath, upload documents through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.

Am I required to submit my medical history form and proof of immunizations if the semester is moved to online instruction? 

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

Is proof of health insurance required for enrollment?

In order to register for any courses, international students who will reside in the United States are required to indicate their intentions for insurance coverage. Payment for school medical insurance or proof of adequate medical insurance should be submitted within the 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. Summer B students should submit payment or documents prior to course start. For Fall 2020, the compliance period is August 3 through August 21. For new Fall students, the final day to make payment or submit proof of insurance is the Friday before Fall classes begin, which is August 21, 2020. 

Am I required to enroll in health insurance if the semester is online?

Per regulations, International students taking classes and residing within the United States, are required to enroll in USF’s school medical insurance or provide proof of adequate alternative medical insurance.  International students taking classes from abroad, including their home country, may contact USF’s Compliance Office to discuss waiver documentation.

What does the USF insurance cover and what does it exclude?

The sponsored USF medical insurance is contracted to provide comprehensive coverage that meets and exceeds Federal, state, and university requirements. Coverage includes preventative medical services, annual preventative exams, and medically recommended vaccinations. Exclusions include dental exams, dental cleanings, and fertility treatments; please review policy exclusions prior to enrollment.


Graduate Students - Updated 5/14/20

Is Student Health Services Compliance Office receiving (and answering) phone calls?

No, the Compliance Office is working remotely. The call center is now directing all students to email the appropriate department within the Compliance Office:

Immunizations: immunization@shs.usf.edu
Insurance: insurance@shs.usf.edu

What immunization records should I request from my undergraduate institution?

Please ask your previous institution for a copy of your vaccination record or ask their Health office to download and complete USF's official Medical History Form. Immunization records and signed USF Medical History Form must be received no later than 1 week prior to your scheduled orientation. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded through USF Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.  

Are any vaccines optional?

Yes. Vaccinations for Meningitis and Hepatitis B series are recommended but optional. They may be declined by logging into oasis.usf.edu and reviewing comments. By checking the boxes, you are acknowledging the recommendation. Click here for an example of how to acknowledge and decline optional vaccinations.

When is the deadline to submit my medical history and proof of immunizations?

No later than one week prior to your scheduled orientation, sign the USF Medical History Form, provide proof of required vaccinations, and electronically acknowledge/decline optional vaccinations through OASIS student portal. Completed forms and proof of vaccinations may be uploaded through Admissions portal or Student Health Services’ web submission.  

Am I required to submit my medical history form and proof of immunizations if the semester is moved to online instruction?

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

Is proof of health insurance required for enrollment?

Domestic graduate students are not required to show proof of insurance unless their College requires proof of insurance as a condition of enrollment (i.e. Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy). However, in order to register for any courses, international students are required to indicate their intentions for insurance coverage. Payment for school medical insurance or proof of adequate medical insurance should be submitted within the 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. Summer B students should submit payment or documents prior to course start. For Fall 2020, the compliance period is August 3 through August 21. For new Fall students, the final day to make payment or submit proof of insurance is the Friday before Fall classes begin, which is August 21, 2020.

Am I required to enroll in health insurance if the semester is online?

Although not required for online instruction, you can proactively submit all records for future in-person classes. We are asking all new USF Bulls with access to their documentation to provide proof of state-required vaccinations and acknowledge USF’s medically recommended vaccinations digitally or on the Medical History form.

If I earned my undergraduate degree at USF, do I have to submit vaccination records and official USF Medical History form?

The immunization recommendations may have updated since you graduated. Please review OASIS. Click on the Personal tab and scroll down to View Immunization Record. You may be able to electronically address any updated regulation.

Where can I find insurance information if I've been awarded an assistantship?

As a Graduate, Research, or Teaching Assistant or Department-funded Scholar, please review our web page.

I was awarded an Assistantship that includes a subsidy towards GA/RA/TA medical insurance premium. Where do I find information on the policy benefits and enrollments?

Please visit our insurance servicing agent for policy benefits, exclusions, and enrollment.

Is insurance available for purchase if I didn't receive an assistantship?

USF does not sponsor a voluntary health insurance plan for the general domestic student body. However, USF has grant-funded staff to offer enrollment assistance in the Federal Marketplace. More information on the USF Health Care Navigator program can be found on our web page.

What does the USF insurance cover and what does it exclude?

The sponsored USF medical insurance is contracted to provide comprehensive coverage that meets and exceeds Federal, state, and university requirements. Coverage includes preventative medical services, annual preventative exams, and medically recommended vaccinations. Exclusions exist for dental exams, dental cleanings, and fertility treatments; please review policy exclusions prior to enrollment.

As an international graduate student, do I have an extra step for registration?

Yes. Because International students have an insurance requirement, before your department can select your classes, you will need to download and complete the Insurance Agreement and indicate your insurance intention and any insurance funding source. Proof of insurance coverage or insurance payment is not required for early registration.