Health & Wellness

Measles Immunity

 

It is required that all students to provide evidence of measles immunity before being allowed to register for classes. Please read the requirements and information about this on the Student Health Center website

You will need to complete the measles immunity form and send all documentation directly to:  student.health@wwu.edu

Student Health Center

Student Health Center building

Health Insurance

Part of your mandatory fees at Western will pay for use of the Student Health Center on Western’s campus, but emergency health care and off-campus doctor or hospital visits are not covered with this fee. Therefore, all international students who study at Western Washington University are required to enroll in the WWU LewerMark insurance plan for international students. All international students will be automatically enrolled in the student insurance each quarter of attendance. The cost of medical insurance will be billed on the student’s account. Medical insurance and immunizations charges will be billed on the student account. If students would like to be reimbursed for these immunizations, they can get a receipt from the Student Health Center and submit it to LewerMark Student Insurance.

All payments for tuition, housing, medical insurance and other fees are due on the first 15th of the month of each quarter (ie, fall quarter = October 15). Payments made after this day will accrue late charges. Payments can be made on-campus in the Student Business Office in Old Main 110 upon arrival.

Alternative Health Insurance

We understand that some students may have purchased alternative medical insurance or have insurance from their home countries, so in some cases students may be able to waive out of the WWU LewerMark Insurance plan. In order to be considered exempt from enrolling in the WWU LewerMark insurance policy, students must show proof of adequate insurance coverage with an English language copy of the insurance policy and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be sponsored by a government agency or embassy;
  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be covered by a spouse or family member who works in the U.S. and has medical insurance.

Students have until the first 15th of the month of each quarter to submit proof that they meet one of the exceptions listed above to be considered exempt from the WWU LewerMark insurance plan.

If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above and/or arrive to WWU without proof of medical insurance, WWU requires that you purchase medical insurance provided by the LewerMark Student Insurance. Please see the LewerMark website for more information about what the insurance covers.  Please also see Frequently Asked Questions for Lewermark International Students.

Students are automatically enrolled the in LewerMark insurance only for quarters they are enrolled at WWU.  During vacation quarters -- ie, summer quarter -- when students are not enrolled in classes, they will not be automatically enrolled in the LewerMark insurance.

Students wishing to be enrolled in the LewerMark insurance during a vacation quarter will need to contact ISSS before the start of that quarter.        

Medical Care

While going directly to the hospital may be the practice in some places, hospital visits in the US can be very costly and may require a long wait. 

Only go to the Emergency Room (ER) in the case of a very serious emergency.  For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 for an ambulance.

The Student Health Center provides a broad range of affordable health care – including women’s health, STI testing, physical therapy, and mental health services.  The Student Health Center is available to all students enrolled for six or more credits and is located in the Campus Services Building. 

Call (360) 650-3000 or make an appointment online.

Clinical Services include virtual and in-person care.

After Hour Care lists urgent care options in the Bellingham area.

SHC Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:30am – 4pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 4pm

Dental Care

Dental care in the United States is very expensive, so it might be a good idea to see a dentist in your home country before you leave or when you go home to visit. 
If you do need dental care while you are in the US, see this list of dentists in Bellingham.

Faith R. Bult, DDS
Sehome Professional Center 405 32nd Street, Suite 100 (360) 715-3333

Bellingham Smile Care and Sleep Center
1420 King Street, Suite B (360) 746-6622

BrightNow! Dental
4291 Meridian Street, Suite 101 (360) 715-8400

Lee Family Dental
3031 Orleans Street, Suite 103 (360) 734-3011

Robert Chester, DDS
3400 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 201 (360) 734-0550

Counseling & Wellness Services

Counseling & Wellness Services supports you in your personal efforts to improve and maintain your health and the health of your community so that you may achieve your academic, career, and personal goals. Services provided include Group and Individual Counseling, Substance Abuse Prevention, Sexual Health Information, Crisis Support, and Wellness Workshops. 

Western Washington University’s Counseling Center staff is available to assist you with the life problems and emotional concerns that may arise while you are a student here at Western.  In the United States, university students may meet with a counselor to talk about a wide range of concerns.  For example, a professional counselor can provide support with adjusting to university life in another country, help find ways to cope with feelings of homesickness, anxiety or depression, discuss ways to improve relationships, or explore changes you want to make to be more consistent with your goals.

The Counseling Center offers group counseling, short-term individual or couples’ counseling, workshops and classes to help students address their concerns and gain the skills to be successful at WWU.  If students need longer-term support or more specialized counseling, the Counseling Center can help find a referral in the Bellingham community.

Appointments

To make an appointment to talk to a counselor, call the main number at 360-650-3164 or stop by the office in 540 Old Main weekdays between 8:30am and 5:00pm. 

You will be asked if you need an urgent appointment or a regular appointment.  Urgent appointments are appropriate when you feel you are in crisis; if there is an urgent personal or family situation, if you are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or others, or are feeling extreme emotional distress. If you experience a crisis when the office is closed, call 360-650-3164 and press “1” to talk to an after-hours counselor.

Further information about the Counseling Center, crisis services, and self-help materials can be found on the Counseling & Wellness Center website.