The Health & Wellness Centre provides the same services as your family physician. Students who have registered and paid fees at the University of Toronto are eligible for services.
Information on this page was last updated November 6, 2017.
We provide the same services as your family physician while you’re at the University of Toronto. General health services include health check-ups, prescriptions, allergy shots, immunizations, birth control, documentation of illness for exam deferral, specialist referrals etc.
Medical services are generally covered by your provincial health card or UHIP (for international and exchange students). You will be responsible to pay for certain services not covered by OHIP, such as travel advice and third-party requests (such as placement physicals or certificate of health for employment).
A health check-up, more formally known as the Periodic Health Visit (PHV), replaces the annual physical examination. The visit is intended for patients who do not have particular health concerns. It includes a review of your health history, lifestyle and risk factors, and a limited physical exam.
When you see a doctor at Health & Wellness for your PHV, be sure to bring your immunization records.
We can give you your allergy shots. Bring your prescribed allergy serum, and be prepared to stay in the clinic for 20 to 30 minutes afterwards as a safety precaution.
We offer a variety of mental health services including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, group therapy and embedded counsellors in locations across campus.
Counselling or psychotherapy for adjustment and transition issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship/family issues, body image and eating issues, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.
Medication can be an effective treatment for some mental health issues. Consult with one of our physicians to learn about your options.
On-site (embedded) counsellors are available at designated locations as a student service.
Each embedded site provides counselling only for those students registered in that particular faculty, department or college.
As of September 2016, embedded counselling is offered at the following locations:
- Architecture, Landscape & Design (Daniels)
- iSchool (Faculty of Information)
- KPE (Kinesiology & Physical Education)
- Munk School of Global Affairs
- Rotman Commerce
- Rotman MBA
- SGS (School of Graduate Studies)
- Speech Language Pathology
- Varsity Athletics
- Innis College
- Trinity College
- Victoria College
Counseline offers online and face-to-face counselling to undergraduate students affiliated with a college, as well as students registered with the Transitional Year Program and the Bridging Program.
Call 416-946-5117 for more information.
We offer evidence-based skills-building group therapies for anxiety, low or depressed mood, and resilience. Consult with one of our clinicians who can assess your needs and recommend appropriate therapy for you.
Mental Health Framework
We all have a role to play in mental wellness on campus.
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Want to quit smoking? Make an appointment at the Health & Wellness Centre today. We’ll provide you with information, personalized support, quitting resources and kits!
For more information about quitting, visit www.leavethepackbehind.org
Food and nutrition
Nutrition counselling and education
The fast pace of student life and easy access to fast food on campus can leave you vulnerable to developing poor eating habits. Want to learn more about nutrition? Our dietitian can provide the info and support you need to help you eat well and stay healthy.
Disordered eating care, counselling and education
If you're concerned about your eating behaviour, or if you have questions about a healthy weight, you may want to speak to one of our health professionals.
We may also be able to refer you to a dietitian for additional nutrition counselling.
Sexual and reproductive health
Birth control counselling
The doctors and nurses at Health & Wellness can provide counselling and information on the various forms of birth control, and can help you choose the method that is right for you.
Emergency contraception can prevent a pregnancy when used soon after a single act of unprotected intercourse, or following failure of a birth control device (e.g. the condom breaks). Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP), previously known as the Morning After Pill (MAP), can be taken up to 72 hours following intercourse (the sooner the better).
Pregnancy is a major life event, and it can be especially challenging to manage while you are pursuing academic goals. Our physicians can provide care for students who think they may be pregnant, as well as information and resources for those who are.
The Family Care Office can also help with family matters.
STI education and care
We offer care and education concerning STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
If you require disability documentation to obtain academic accommodations, we can help. For more information about academic accommodations visit the Accessibility Services website.
Certain aspects of university life may put you at higher risk for some illnesses. You may want to speak to your family doctor or one of the Health & Wellness nurses or doctors about whether your immunizations are up to date. We offer free vaccinations for diphtheria, polio, tetanus, mumps, measles and rubella. Other immunizations are available for a fee.
See our list of fees for immunizations.
Health & Wellness also operates a Travel Immunization and Education program - see below for details.
Travel immunizations and education program
Health & Wellness is a designated Health Canada Travel Medicine Clinic, offering a complete travel immunization and education program.
Book an appointment, and start early!
This program takes longer than a drop-in appointment, so travel appointments must be booked in advance. Book your appointment now.
Travel appointments and immunizations often require more than one visit.
Some students may receive all their immunizations in the first visit, but often there are too many vaccines to be given at one time. Some vaccines require a series of injections to be given over a defined time period, sometimes as long as six months. Please begin the travel immunization process as early as possible, so that all required immunizations can be completed before your departure date.
What to bring to your first appointment
You must bring the following documentation to your first appointment:
- Your travel itinerary and immunization record.
- A completed Pre-Travel Information Sheet
- An official letter from your professor or your program (if you are travelling for academic purposes)
Fees for academic travel
Travel immunizations and education are no longer covered by OHIP. If you are travelling as part of your academic program, there is a fee for the development of the personalized immunization schedule and travel education program, provided you bring a letter from your professor/program to verify this at the time of the visit. As Health & Wellness is a designated Travel Medicine Clinic, we are required to follow protocols, and only students with notes can be exempt from standard fees.
Fees for non-academic travel
For students who are travelling for non-academic purposes, we provide a complete travel education program for a fee. This includes the development of a personalized immunization schedule and travel education program. See Personal Travel Fee.
Tuberculosis (TB) testing
Students who are in high-risk categories (e.g. students or members of one of the health professions, or those travelling in areas where TB is endemic) are particularly vulnerable and are strongly advised to have annual TB testing.
Please be advised that there are two parts to TB Testing: Test administration and Test result reading.
TB Clinics: Fall 2017
Test only: By appointment ONLY. Patients can book their appointments:
- In person
- By calling Health & Wellness at 416-978-8030
- Online by using their Web Access Account (ONLY until July 14, 2017 for patients who have already been registered with the Health & Wellness Center). Look for “TB tests” spots.
Dates: Monday August 21, 2017 to Tuesday October 3, 2017
Monday : 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
What you need to know:
- If you are a new patient, please check in at 2nd Floor Reception.
- New international students must check in at 2nd Floor Reception and complete a UHIP consent form.
- Fees: There is no charge for school-mandated TB testing (for professional programs, e.g. Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, or school-related placement). However, you must provide supporting documents, e.g. official letter on department letterhead; otherwise you will pay a fee. For details, please refer to Tuberculosis (TB) testing and documentation in the Policies & Fees section.
- Patients will be advised when to book for a TB Reading at the time of the test.
- Some patients will require one test and others require two. Each test has to be read for results 48 - 72 hours later, so reading dates and times will correspond with the test date and time. You can book your reading at the time of your test.
Patients will be advised when to book for a TB Reading at the time of the test. Patients can book an appointment:
- In person.
- By calling Health & Wellness at 416-978-8030.
- Online by using your Web Access Account (ONLY until July 14, 2017 for patients who have already been registered with the Health & Wellness Center). Look for “TB Readings” spots.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
What you need to know:
- Patients do NOT need to check in at the Reception for readings. You can go directly to the Nursing Area.
The Health & Wellness Centre will not hold Flu Clinics this influenza year 2017-2018.
Helpful resources for you:
To learn more about how to fight the flu, visit these web pages:
- Toronto Public Health Influenza (Flu)
- Government of Ontario Flu Facts
- Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza (Flu)
Where do I go to get the flu shot?
*Did you know that adults can be vaccinated for the flu shot for free at approximately 2,600 pharmacies across Ontario?
Visit the Government of Ontario Get the Flu Shot website to find out where you can get the free flu shot close to you (search by postal code).
These pharmacies in the area close to the Health & Wellness Centre also provide free flu shots:
- St. George Pharmacy at 193 College St., near Beverley St. & College St.
- Rexall Store & Pharmacy, at 474 Spadina Ave., corner of Spadina Ave. & College St.
- Rexall PharmaPlus, at 777 Bay St., corner of Bay St. & College St.
- Shoppers Drug Mart, 718 Yonge St., near Yonge St. & Bloor St.
* Flu shots are provided free for students with OHIP coverage. The service may vary for students from other Canadian provinces. Please contact the pharmacy or clinic to confirm.
For international students with UHIP coverage
Several Walk-in Clinics around the campus will provide free flu shots, including:
Royal Care Medical Centre (College location)
- Website: Royal Care Medical Centre
- Address: 295 College Street, corner of College St. and Spadina Ave.
- Hours: Mon – Thur: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Phone: 416-925-5511
Appletree Medical Group (multiple locations)
- Website: Appletree Medical Group
- Address: Multiple locations in Toronto, including locations near St. George campus
- Hours: Please visit their website
- Phone: Please visit their website
- Flu shot at no cost (bring UHIP card); $15 co-pay if seeing a doctor for other reasons in addition to getting flu shot
For a list of other nearby Walk-in clinics that also accept UHIP, please visit After Hours and Weekend Clinics