Engemann Student Health Center
The Engemann Student Health Center on the University Park Campus offers direct medical care, psychological counseling and wellness and prevention programs, all in one location, to assist students in assuming responsibility for their personal well-being.
The Engemann Student Health Center (ESC) is located at 1031 W. 34th Street (near Fluor Tower and the Lyon Center).
Hours of Operation for Spring 2014:
|Monday–Thursday||8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. for urgent medical issues)|
|Friday||9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Saturday and Sunday (urgent care only)||10 a.m.-2 p.m.|
The Health Center is closed on all university holidays. All hours are subject to change. All changes in hours will be posted in advance.
For further information, visit the Engemann Student Health Center Website at usc.edu/engemann.
Eligibility for Services
All domestic students carrying 6 units or more should be automatically enrolled in the USC student health insurance plan. Some class registration codes, such as special tuition programs, do not generate this automatic charge. All students are required to review their fee bill after registering for classes, and if the automatic insurance charge does not appear, students must contact the insurance office by the drop/add date to enroll in this plan if they wish to continue coverage for the semester. Domestic students carrying less than 6 units or who drop classes before the drop/add date resulting in enrollment in less than 6 units, must enroll themselves in the plan by the drop/add date if they wish to continue coverage for the semester. All international and/or health sciences students are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan regardless of the number of units in which they are enrolled. Distance education students studying remotely must contact the USC Student Health Insurance Office for current eligibility information no later than the drop/add date at the beginning of each semester.
During the summer, health fee assessment is based on the number of weeks a student is in class and not on the number of units being taken. Continuing students from the spring semester, who are not taking summer classes, may use the health center by paying the summer health fee.
Although the student health fee covers most services rendered at the Engemann Student Health Center, there may be nominal charges for lab tests, prescriptions, immunizations, orthopedic appliances, copies of X-rays and copies of medical records.
For more information on eligibility and charges, please call the Health Center at (213) 740-9355.
Student Health Insurance
USC Student Health Insurance Plan coverage dates for the spring 2014 semester are: January 13, 2014 — August 17, 2014.
The university requires that all students have supplemental health insurance to help cover the cost of health care that cannot be obtained at the health center, especially in emergency situations where hospitalization may be required.
All domestic students carrying 6 units or more are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan. Domestic students carrying less than 6 units or who drop classes before the drop/add date resulting in enrollment in less than 6 units must enroll themselves in the health plan by the drop/add date if they wish to continue with USC student health insurance coverage for the semester. All international and/or health sciences students are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan regardless of the number of units in which they are enrolled. Distance education students studying remotely need to contact the USC Student Health Insurance Office for current eligibility information no later than the drop/add date at the beginning of each semester.
The USC Student Health Insurance Plan works in conjunction with the university’s student health centers. All students enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan are assessed the student health center fee and are required to access their primary care at the student health center on their campus. Referrals are required in order to see providers outside the student health centers for non-emergency situations.
Enrollment in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan will only be waived if documented proof of health coverage from another plan is presented that meets all waiver requirements. In order to receive a waiver of the USC student health insurance, the insurance presented must meet all the following requirements:
As some insurance plans may not provide coverage in the Los Angeles area, check first with your current carrier if planning to submit a waiver request.
In order to waive the USC Student Health Insurance Plan, your insurance plan must:
- Provide continuous coverage for the entire academic year (Spring/Summer 2014—January 13, 2014 through August 17, 2014.)
- Provide at least $500,000 lifetime aggregate coverage (no per-incident maximums).
- Cover preventive care services at 100%.
- No major exclusions, must include pharmacy coverage; mental health coverage including in/out patient substance abuse treatment, behavioral health and behavioral disorders; maternity coverage and reproductive health for female students.
- Have an annual combined deductible and out-of-pocket expense of $10,000 or less.
- Provide a minimum of 70% coverage paid by the insurance plan to providers in the Los Angeles area. Emergency/urgent care only is not accepted for waiver.
Upon request, you must be able to provide a copy of:
- Verifiable proof of coverage with student’s name (ID card, insurance policy or letter from insurance carrier.)
- Plan document(s) in English, with currency amounts converted to U.S. dollars, and an insurance company contact phone number in the U.S. is mandatory
The waiver must be submitted using the online waiver request program by January 31, 2014. Login is through the student's Oasis account.
For more information, email the Student Health Insurance Office at email@example.com or call the Student Health Insurance Office at (213) 740-0551.
Graduate Assistants with a .25 award or higher and Ph.D. students may be eligible to have the USC Student Health Plan and the USC Student Health Center fee paid for by their departments. Their assistantship award must show in the Student Financial Detail System. More information is available in your award packet through your academic department. If you have questions, contact your academic department.
Student Health Insurance for Students Studying Overseas
Students enrolled in overseas study programs are required to have coverage provided by USC. These students are automatically enrolled in the USC Overseas Studies health insurance plan for the duration of their overseas program unless they are already enrolled in the USC Student Health Plan. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Health Insurance Office at (213) 740-0551.
Mandatory Measles and Mumps Immunization Policy
The university requires all students to show proof of measles and mumps immunity prior to registering for classes. A photocopy documenting one of the following will serve as proof of immunity: (1) documentation (month and year) of receiving two doses of the combination MMR vaccine OR two doses of measles vaccine and two doses of mumps vaccine; (2) documentation of a positive Measles "Rubeola" titer and Mumps titer (laboratory blood test); (3) documentation from a physician or clinic indicating a past diagnosis of the disease(s). All documentation must include an official signature or stamp from the physician or clinic. The first dose of Measles, Mumps or MMR vaccines must be given after the student's first birthday and the second given a minimum of four weeks after the first dose. Students born prior to Jan. 1, 1957 are considered immune and will automatically be listed as exempt from the Measles and Mumps requirement.
Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination
The USC Engemann Student Health Center strongly recommends that all incoming USC freshmen receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccination before they come to campus or as soon as possible after arrival.
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious illness that can lead to brain damage, disability and death. College freshmen, particularly those who live in residence halls, have a modestly increased risk of getting this disease. Presently, there are two vaccines available. Both provide protection against four of the five most common strains. For information on this disease, please visit our Website at usc.edu/engemann.
Tuberculosis Screening Requirement
All international students are required to be screened for tuberculosis in the United States or Canada within six months prior to their first semester of enrollment at USC. A photocopy of a laboratory report for a negative tuberculosis blood test (i.e., T-Spot, Quantiferon), performed in the United States or Canada, will serve as proof of screening. A history of BCG immunization does NOT fulfill this requirement.
Students unable to provide the required documentation will be asked to receive a TB screening and if necessary a chest X-ray and provide us with that documentation. All TB screenings and chest X-rays must be performed in the United States or Canada and presented in the form of a written report. X-ray film (actual X-ray) will not be accepted.
Documents must be submitted by the deadline (January 31, 2014) to avoid a $25 late fee and a registration hold. Please fax or email all screening/immunization documents to (213) 821-2740 or email@example.com. For additional information and deadlines, please call the Immunization/Screening Compliance Office at (213) 740-1163.