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Student Advisory & Health Administration Office

The Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA) oversees the student health insurance plan; collects and maintains immunization documentation; and provides short-term counseling and referrals for long-term therapy or psychiatric evaluation. Courseling is strictly confidential and no information is released without the student's written consent. For more information, please visit the office's website.

Contact Information

Tufts University
Student Advisory & Administration Office
Posner Hall, 4th Floor
200 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 636-2700
Fax: (617) 636-2708
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Boston Campus Student Health Insurance and Requirements

Massachusetts state law and University policy require that all students be covered by health insurance for the entire academic year.   A student injury and sickness insurance plan that meets the State of Massachusetts and Tufts University requirements is offered. The student health insurance plan, underwritten by HPHC Insurance Company, an affiliate of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and administered by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources, (UHCSR), includes primary and emergency care, major medical coverage, a prescription plan, eye care, mental health benefits, and many other services.  Students should be aware that there is no health service clinic available to Tufts University Health Sciences students.

The plan is available to all matriculated students and their eligible dependents.  Eligible dependents include spouse, domestic partner, and children.  Matriculated students who enroll in the health plan will be charged for the individual plan in the fall and spring semesters (9/1 – 8/31).  An additional cost for two-person or family coverage will be charged to students’ accounts, if applicable.

Students are not eligible to apply for coverage or add a spouse, domestic partner or dependent(s) at any other time during the academic year except during Open Enrollment, which is September 1-30 of each academic year, unless there is a qualifying event. Qualifying events include a change in marital status, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of an alternate insurance through no fault of the student or dependent.  In instances of a qualifying event, a Qualifying Event Member Enrollment Form must be submitted to the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office within 30 days of the qualifying event.  The cost is prorated, based on the effective date of enrollment.

To apply for coverage, students must complete an online Enrollment form at https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com.  Find your school and log in. Select the Enrollment option at the bottom of the screen and complete the Enrollment form.  Completion of this Enrollment form will expedite the delivery of the insurance ID card.  The effective date of coverage for new students is the first day of Orientation, not the date of application.  Current students’ coverage begins on September 1.

Waiver of Student Health Insurance

Students who already have acceptable insurance are not required to enroll in the HPHC-UHCSR insurance plan and may waive this insurance plan by completing an Insurance Waiver form at https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com.

The Insurance Waiver certifies participation in a health insurance plan which meets or exceeds the coverage required by Massachusetts General Law. The minimum requirements of a student insurance plan are listed online at:  www.tufts.edu/saha/insurance. The Insurance Waiver must be completed by August 31 of each year.  Failure to comply with this policy may lead to cancellation of registration.  Students who do not take action to either waive or enroll by September 30, or whose waivers have been denied, will automatically be enrolled in the HPHC-UHCSR insurance plan.

Immunization Records

All full and part-time students, regardless of age, must comply with the Tufts University immunization requirements and Massachusetts General Law (105 CMR 220.600). Questions regarding the Boston Health Sciences Campus immunization requirements should be directed to the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office.

An Immunization Form, with a list of Immunization requirements, can be found at: http://www.tufts.edu/saha/forms.html.

For more information, please visit the office's website.

Flu Information

To see the most up-to-date information from Tufts on the flu this season, visit: http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/emergency/?pid=55

Staff

  • Debbie Quinn, Director
  • Dr. John V. Pruitt, M.D., Psychiatric Consultant
  • Cynthia Linton, Student Health Administrator
  • Lucia Fenney, Student Health Assistant
  • Gianna Dimitrakos, Immunization Data Coordinator