Our professional staff is here to help you in the event of illness or other health-related concerns. We are committed to promoting the physical and mental well-being of all Penn State Hazleton students through health education, preventive health strategies and, most of all, quality health care.
105 Physical Education Building
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Absences and Excuses
Health Services does not provide class excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from class. If one of our providers sees you when you are ill, we can provide you with documentation of the date and time of your visit. We cannot verify illness over the phone or if we have not seen you.
For routine illness-related absences, students should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their situation, ideally before they miss a class, exam, or other evaluative activity.
Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as non-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. University Health Services of the Pennsylvania State University strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus community.
For additional immunization information and submission requirements, go to: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/immunizations/imm_submission.shtml
Health Services does not have any contracts for direct payment with any health insurance companies for clinic or ancillary services and it does not direct bill insurance companies. We regret any inconvenience this policy may cause for students and parents. However, because we treat students from all over the United States and the world, there would need to be contracts with hundreds of insurance companies.
Therefore, you are responsible for paying all bills you incur for clinic visits, medication and certain procedures.
However, you can submit the receipt for services to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You should find out ahead of time if your insurance will cover all or part of your care at Health Services, as there may be restrictions on primary care outside of the insurance company's network. If you are unsure of your coverage, please contact the customer service department of your insurance plan. Most companies list their phone number on the back of the insurance card.
Sometimes, insurance companies have follow-up questions that are easily answered by us and may prevent a delay in your reimbursement. For this reason, you will be asked to sign an authorization to allow Health Services to release medical information to your insurance company.
Health insurance is strongly recommended for all students. The student should be aware of the coverage and limitations of their individual policies. Each year Penn State selects a student insurance plan and makes it available to students who either have no insurance coverage or who need supplemental insurance. You can receive more information on this insurance by calling the insurance office at University Park at 814-865-7467 or by visiting Student Health Insurance website.
All medical records are strictly confidential and are seen only by the Health Services staff who have a need to see them in order to provide care. All health care personnel adhere to established ethical principles and codes of professional practice including patient confidentiality, privacy, dignity and informed consent. Although this high degree of confidentiality is often a concern to parents seeking information, medical information is released only with the student's written consent, or by court-appointed subpoena.
The University environment is a community within communities. It reflects the larger global society, and is consistent in its integration of diverse cultures, spheres of influence and interest that characterize the human experience. Through mission and goal statements universities and colleges identify areas of leadership and collaboration to address the needs of the societies they represent and reflect.
The Health and Counseling Service of Penn State Hazleton is in a unique position to actively participate in the educational, research and service missions of the University. Its mission statement, grounded in the principles of public health and social responsibility identifies roles and activities that characterize the contributions of the professionals involved in the services and programs of the department.
It is the mission of the Health and Counseling Service:
- to make a difference in the lives and experiences of the students at Penn State Hazleton
- to do justice to the potential of each individual to think, to learn, to create, to adapt.
This mission statement is understood and espoused by each of the professionals at the Health and Counseling Service. It is understood that this mission statement is essential to all interactions with each student and within the diverse communities of interest that constitute the collegiate experience.
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