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Health Insurance

In the United States, health insurance pays your necessary medical bills. Stony Brook University requires that all students have comprehensive medical insurance, including hospitalization, coverage for medical visits and testing, and coverage for pharmacy medicines; plus medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.  All international students are therefore required to purchase the mandatory State University of New York Health Insurance Plan. The Plan fee is automatically billed to all F and J students upon class registration. Coverage begins on August 15 or January 15 of the semester.

F-2 and J-2 dependent spouses and children must also have health insurance coverage while in the USA, and must purchase the SUNY Plan within 31 days of arrival in the USA or at Stony Brook. A separate enrollment form, available at the Health Insurance Office, is used for dependent enrollments. Failure to enroll and maintain J-2 dependent insurance is a violation of status, requiring termination of the student program through SEVIS, and prompt departure from the USA.

More details of the insurance program will be provided to all new international students at orientation before classes begin.

You may contact the Student Health Services Office at (631.632.6740) or in person.

You may see the International Student Health Insurance website under the Office of Student Health Service for more information. 

Health Services

The Student Health Service offers comprehensive and cost-effective health services for both medical and psychosocial health problems. The staff includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technologists and a social worker.

Medical Clinics
Medical care includes professional service, i.e., visits to a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or physician, laboratory tests, and medications available from the pharmacy. There are charges for certain medications and certain laboratory tests.

Nutrition Services / Dietician 

Women's Center/GYN Clinic
The Women's Center is staffed by gynecologic nurse practitioners, physicians and registered nurses. The Women's Center is located within the Student Health Service on the first floor. Appointments are strongly suggested. Walk-in service is available on a limited basis. The Women's Center provides the following services:

  • Complete gynecologic exams.
  • Breast exams.
  • STD screening and treatment.
  • Pap smears.
  • Contraceptive methods.
  • Menopausal issues.
  • Premenstrual Syndrome issues.
  • Screening for hyperlipidemia, thyroid disorders and other conditions in females.
  • Patient education related to achieving a wellness lifestyle nutrition, and sexuality issues.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections.
  • Depo-Provera injections.
  • Pregnancy Testing and Counseling.

Basic routine tests are performed in the lab such as:

  • Venipunctures
  • Complete Blood Counts
  • Monospots
  • Glucose (Fingerstick)
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Urinalysis
  • Stool blood
  • Cultures (throat and urine)

Tests not performed in the campus lab are sent to and billed by an outside lab.

HIV: For anonymous counseling and testing call: 1-800-462-6786

Counseling and Psychological Services 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides psychological and psychiatric services to students so they can participate in the University community and flourish academically.  We encourage students whose difficulties are interfering with their ability to succeed at the University to contact us as soon as problems arise. CAPS is committed to affirming and respecting people of all backgrounds and to responding to students as they wish to be understood.

Licensed and certified professionals also consult with members of the campus community on mental health issues of concern. This includes support and assistance when there is a student mental health crisis or emergency. CAPS offers prevention, outreach, education and training programs for students, parents, faculty, and staff that are vitally important to facilitating the academic life, psychological health, and safety of the campus.