Student Health Service

Future Students' Frequently Asked Questions

WELCOME to Bowling Green State University, Student Health Service (SHS), located in the Health Center building (#103 on your campus map).

Q. What immunization are recommended?

  • Measles (Rubeola) - Must have two measles immunizations or MMR injections, both after first birthday and at least 30 days apart.
  • Mumps immunization (must have two immunizations)
  • Rubella immunization
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Completion of meningitis vaccination information
  • Completion of Hepatitis B vaccination information
  • TB Screening
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine

In case you may be living in a residence hall, Ohio law requires either a record of meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination or a refusal of the vaccine. Please complete and sign the vaccination information in Parts E and F of the Immunization Record.

Q. What information will the SHS require prior to treatment/immunizations?

  • Student's BGSU Identification Card
  • The following forms must be completed and returned to the Student Health Service:
  • These forms must be on record (students under 18 years of age must have the Health Assessment Form signed by a guardian). Note: these forms must be printed and then completed, signed and brought with you at the time of the first visit for treatment/immunizations, or sent prior to the first visit.
  • Health insurance card, pharmacy card and photo ID are required at every appointment.

Q. Are any immunizations required for entrance to BGSU?

BGSU strongly encourages, but does not require any immunizations. However, we do encourage all students to keep their immunizations up to date. Some international students may be required to have a tuberculosis screening test. Please click here for additional information.

In case you may be living in a residence hall, Ohio law requires either a record of meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination or a refusal of the vaccine. Please complete and sign the vaccination information in Parts E and F of the Immunization Record.

Q. Is a student who is at BGSU for SOAR eligible to use the SHS? 

Yes, students who are on campus during the summer for SOAR are eligible for all services from the SHS and the BGSU Pharmacy .

Q. What services does the SHS charge for?

Like most health care providers, the BGSU SHS charges for office visits and for the other medical services we provide - lab tests, prescription medications, immunizations, nutrition counseling, minor surgery and medical supplies and equipment. We accept all health insurance plans and will bill your health insurance company directly for all of the services that your health insurance plan covers. Any co-pay, co-insurance or deductible amounts will be applied to your student account only after the Student Health Service has received claim confirmation from your insurance company.  

Q. Can I receive services at the SHS if I don't have health insurance?

Yes.  The SHS provides services to all BGSU students regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay.  The SHS strongly encourages all students to have and maintain health insurance coverage.

Q. Can I receive services at the SHS if I don't have the University sponsored insurance?

Yes, all BGSU students taking one or more credit hours are eligible to use the SHS.

Q. Does the SHS belong to my insurance plan?

The SHS is in network with over 80% of student insurance plans and will bill health insurance companies directly for medical services provided in the SHS. Never let the lack of health insurance or an inability to pay for services prevent you from getting needed health care at the SHS.

Q. Does the BGSU Pharmacy belong to my prescription insurance plan?

The BGSU Pharmacy accepts many third party prescription cards. We strongly encourage you to bring your insurance card to our pharmacy while at Orientation so the pharmacist can make a copy for their files.

Q. Will the SHS file my insurance claim for me?

Yes. The SHS accepts all health insurance plans and will bill charges for the medical services you receive directly to the health insurance company.  Please bring your insurance card with you every time you visit the SHS.

Q. Will my insurance pay for charges at the SHS?

Most BGSU students have health insurance that will cover the costs of medical services (including office visits and ancillary services, such as lab tests and prescriptions) provided in the SHS. The SHS accepts all health insurance plans and will bill your health insurance company for the services you receive. Any co-pay, co-insurance or deductible will be applied to your student account only after the SHS has received claim confirmation from your insurance company. If your insurance company will not pay some or all of the cost of ancillary services (lab tests, prescriptions) you are responsible for the unpaid charges.

Q. What is a Co-Pay?

A co-pay is a fee that you are responsible for which is determined by the your insurance company.  At the SHS, the office visit co-pay will be applied to your student account only after the SHS has received claim confirmation from your insurance company. Student's are responsible for co-pays on prescriptions and this must be paid (by cash, check, credit card or BG One Card) at the time the prescription is received.  You should check with your insurance company to find out more about your co-pay, co-insurance and deductible amounts.

Q. Does BGSU offer an insurance plan?

Yes, an independent student insurance plan is available through BGSU. For more information, visit the Student Insurance Office.

mailing address:
BGSU Student Health Service
Ridge Street, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0147
419-372-2271 (phone)
419-372-8010 (fax)