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Health Center: International Students
Congratulations and Welcome!
All of us at the Health Center look forward to assisting you with your physical and mental health care needs. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you should you need our services. We provide confidential service to all students and welcome you to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your individual concerns. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, by appointment. You can reach our front desk at 503-943-7134.
Please bring the following documents to your orientation at the Health Center or as soon as you can. You can find these forms on the UP Website or the Health Center has copies available for your convenience.
•Oregon State law requires all international students to show proof of a measles (Rubeola) vaccination prior to the first day of class. If you were born on or after January 1, 1957 you must have two doses of measles vaccine or the combined Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine. In order to be considered effective, this vaccine should have been administered to you on or after your first birthday, with the second dose at least 30 days after that.
If you do not have a record of measles vaccination, we have the vaccine available and we would be happy to provide this for you. MMR vaccinations are $70 each dose.
**Please visit your Patient Portal to enter your MMR dates directly into your electronic Health Record**
•Tuberculosis Testing: The University requires international students from high risk countries to have Tuberculosis testing before attending their first class.
The following link lists high risk countries (on page #7) and is attached for your review to determine if you will need testing. Please take the time to read through this information.
A tuberculin skin test (TST or PPD) is acceptable but not the preferred method, because previous BCG vaccination can interfere with the test. The preferred method is the blood test for TB, known as QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test. Tests must be performed by a licensed U.S. health care provider. Regardless of which test is used, a positive test must be followed by a chest X-ray and a clinical evaluation by a licensed health-care provider to exclude Active Tuberculosis. The result of this follow up testing must be submitted to the University Health Center no later than two weeks into the first semester of attendance.
If you are unable to have this testing done before arriving at UP, the Health Center will perform a QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube Test. The cost of the test is approximately $55.
If you have any questions regarding this process please feel free to call the Health Center or contact the Centers for Disease Control.
All full-time undergraduate students are required to carry medical insurance and are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Regence Student Health Insurance plan unless you provide proof of comparable health insurance coverage. If you choose to use health insurance from your home country, be sure that it covers medical procedures and exam performed in the U.S.
Students with comparable existing health insurance coverage may opt to waive the health insurance. A link to the health insurance waiver may be found on the Student Accounts web page under "Quick Links".
Due to the high cost of medical care in the US, we advise all graduate students to enroll in a health insurance plan as well. Graduate students will not be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored health insurance.
WHAT ELSE TO BRING?
We encourage all our students to provide us with an Updated Immunization History. Note: If necessary a certified translation of your immunization record will be required as this will assist us in providing the best possible care for you. You may attach an electronic copy to an e-mail message sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, send them by mail, or fax them to the Health Center, 503-943-7199.
When you visit the Health Center it is always a good practice to bring a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications to your visit. You should also have your health insurance card in case a copy is needed for laboratory testing.
We do not charge for our services to see a provider. We do have some supplies, testing materials, lab tests and medications for which there is a charge. We accept cash or check payments so please come prepared. We encourage you to come and see us. This is a safe place for you to ask questions. Information you give us is confidential.
Once again, we are so happy that you will be here at University of Portland, and we look forward to meeting with you.
Health Center Staff