Moving to Hawaii Guide

Health & Medical

On-Campus Health Care

University Health Services Manoa
1710 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8965 Reception Desk
(808) 956-6221 Specialty Clinics
(808) 956-0853 Fax

University Health Services Manoa (UHSM) offers medical services and health promotion programs for students, faculty, and staff, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Overnight and weekend services are not provided.

Services include immunizations, travel counseling, allergy shots, and physical examinations. A clinical laboratory provides testing, and the pharmacy stocks prescription and over-the-counter medications. Specialty clinics include dermatology, nutritional counseling, psychiatric services, sports medicine, and a Women’s Health Clinic.

UHSM also has a Health Promotion Program that serves its goal of achieving and maintaining a healthy student body and campus community, and the University’s goals of increasing student retention and maximizing student learning. For more information, please visit their website.

Counseling and Student Development Center

Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services
Room 312
(808) 956-7927

The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) is a university service that provides a variety of counseling and testing services for students and uses a holistic approach to promote wellness and personal success. CSDC services are confidential and provided free of charge for Manoa students and faculty.

Health Clearance

The State of Hawai‘i mandates that certain health requirements be met for entrance to post-secondary educational institutions. (Hawai’i Administrative Rules, DOH Title 11, Chapter 157) You may not register for classes until you have received health clearance from University Health Services.

To obtain health clearance, you will need to:

Submit a completed:

  1. Confidential Health Form.
    The Confidential Health Form may be obtained from the website located on the 3X5 card inserted with your acceptance letter. Complete the front page of this form to the best of your ability. The back page can be completed by your physician or, if you have your own personal immunization records, you can submit a copy of the report.
  2. Comply with State of Hawai`i tuberculosis clearance guidelines.
    ALL students enrolled at UHM must have tuberculosis (TB) clearance. A negative TB skin test (PPD - Mantoux) within one year prior to your enrollment is required. Skin test results must be read in 48 to 72 hours. If positive, a chest x-ray is required. TB tests performed outside the United States, or skin testing using methods/materials other than PPD will not be accepted. Once you have met your TB clearance requirement, your clearance is valid for four years of continuous enrollment.
  3. Provide documentation of immunity to measles,mumps, and rubella.
    Two doses of measles vaccine are required, with at least one of the two being an MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). First dose must have been given as of January 1, 1968, AND on or after the first birthday. A second dose must have been given at least 4 weeks after the first dose. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella immunizations may be waived if: 1) Student was born before 1957, or 2) Serologic evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Although not required for enrollment, it is highly recommended that students should also receive the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Meningococcal

If you choose to live in the residence halls, you are also urged to consider the Meningococcal vaccination, as there is an increased risk of this highly contagious disease in this campus population. The Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) is available at the University Health Services. You may claim religious exemption to immunization requirements by signing a waiver form and providing a letter claiming the exemption status from a recognized religious organization. However, there are no religious exemptions to Tuberculosis clearance requirements.

The University Health Services offers the TB test as well as the MMR immunizations. The TB test is offered during normal clinic hours, except on Thursdays. The MMR immunizations are offered during normal clinic hours. For women of child-bearing age, the MMR vaccine is only given while on menses, on some form of birth control, or with a negative pregnancy test on the day of administration. No appointment is necessary.

Contact University Health Services or visit their website for more info.

Medical Insurance

Although only non-immigrant international students are required to have medical coverage, all students are encouraged to think about their health insurance needs. Lack of adequate insurance coverage may be financially devastating in the event of a major illness or accident.

The purchase of medical insurance should be viewed as a cost of daily living, in the same way as housing, food and transportation. Please be aware that medical insurance is considered a legitimate cost of education for purposes of financial aid and should be listed on your financial aid application.

UH Manoa endorses student health insurance plans with enrollment periods at the beginning of each semester. The endorsed plans cover visits at UHSM. Contact UHSM or visit the UHSM website for information on these plans.