As a parent of a college student you play a key role in your student’s health and wellness. Even though your child may be miles away from home, you will still be a primary source of health information for them. We hope the following information will assist you in helping your student make a healthy transition to college life.

Immunizations, health history and physical examinations

  • Make sure your student has updated immunizations and that they are documented on an official immunization form signed by a health provider.
  • While a routine physical exam is not required by the University of Iowa, many parents choose to have this done before their student leaves for college. Athletics and health science colleges have their own requirements for physical exams and/or health statements.
  • Make sure your student knows his or her health history.  If your student has a chronic or recurrent health problem, send a summary letter from your local physician with your student. Ask your student to schedule a get-acquainted visit with a Student Health provider at which time, that summary letter can be turned in and discussed.
  • Give your student a list of their current medications and allergies.
  • If your student is under age 18, Iowa law requires we have your consent to provide medical care and treatment for most conditions.  Please complete the Consent To Treat Minors form and either scan and email it or mail it to our clinic.
  • If your student needs a medical or religious exemption for the UI immunization requirements, please visit the immunization page for more information. Please note instructions for religious exemption if the student is 18 years or older at the time of admission.

Health insurance

  • All incoming students at The University of Iowa are required to have health insurance: U of I Insurance requirement 
  • Provide your student with an insurance card which includes policy numbers, billing address and pharmacy information and encourage your student to carry the card at all times. (A photocopy of the front and back of your card is sufficient.)
  • Inform your health insurance company that your child will be away at college and find out if there are network providers here at UI Student Health and what the level of coverage is (Tell your student what you find out.)
  • If your student is under age 18, please complete the insurance authorization form
  • The University of Iowa offers an excellent Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) option

Decision-making skills

  • Spend time talking with your student about decisions they arelikely to be faced with at college such as alcohol and other drug use, managing time, getting adequate sleep, stress, nutrition, fitness, sexual behavior, and financial responsibility.
  • Let them know what your expectations are and that you will be available to listen.
  • As your student's healthcare provider, we are legally required to protect the privacy of their health information. If your student is 18 years of age or older, we cannot provide you with any of their health information, including billing information, unless they sign a Consent to Release Information form. For more information, please read our Privacy Notice. 
  • If your student is under age 18, please review the Privacy Notice and return this acknowledgement form to our clinic.

Self-care: Suggested health supplies to send to college with your student: 

  • A thermometer
  • Pain relievers (Tylenol and Advil)
  • Cold/sinus medicine (Sudafed)
  • Cough syrup (Robitussin or Mucinex)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Allergy medicine (Allegra, Zyrtec, or Claritin)
  • First aid kit including Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment for cuts/scrapes, hydrocortisone cream for rashes and itching, ice pack

Care for ongoing conditions

  • Have a plan in place on how your student will manage any chronic conditions they may have.
  • If your child has ADHD, click here for frequently asked questions.

We are here to help your student succeed by providing quality healthcare, education and health promotion.  Please take a few minutes to watch the following video to find out why we are your student's campus healthcare experts.