The University of Connecticut Student Health Service began operations in 1926. A part-time nurse with office hours in a residence hall served a student population of approximately 500, administering routine first aid for injured students and staff. During the next twenty years, the scope of the service was gradually expanded until, in 1947, the service moved into a facility complete with forty-four inpatient beds for sick or injured students unable to remain in their dormitories. A dispensary for pharmaceuticals opened in 1957. By September 1958, the staff consisted of three doctors, 15 nurses, a laboratory technician, and a cook who was responsible for preparation of meals for confined students. X-ray services, staffed by a certified technician, began in 1961, followed shortly by Women’s Health services and a Mental Health clinic. Physical Therapy was introduced in 1965, a formalized medical records office opened in 1977, with Nutrition, Health Education, Substance Abuse Education, and Sports Medicine added during the 1980’s.
Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the current operation of the Student Health Services has evolved into a center for student health and well-being, providing quality care and services tailored to the unique and diverse needs of students in higher education including:
- Walk-in triage and care
- Primary Care
- Mental Health Services
- Health Promotion, including AOD and Health Education
- Outreach services
- Gender-specific care, including GYN services
- Allergy Clinic
- Nutrition Services by Registered Dietitians and Physical Activity Counselors
- Specialty Clinics (Orthopedics, Sports Medicine)
- Travel & Immunization Clinics
- Inpatient care (extended observation as well as overnight)
- Radiology (utilizing digital imaging)
To provide these services, UConn employs physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health post-doc fellows/interns, substance abuse counselors, health educators, registered dietitians, pharmacists, medical technologists, radiology technicians, health information management, billing, business and support services staff members, and a cadre of 60+ student workers, all led by an executive team consisting of the Executive Director, Assistant Director, Medical Director, Director of Mental Health, Director of Health Promotion and Community Impact, Director of Nursing, Director of Clinical Data Analytics & Health Information, and Director of Fiscal & Business Operations. This multi-disciplinary team of college health specialists provides services and support to the approximately 23,000 students at the Storrs campus.