Once you enter a participating Health Sciences school/program, you will pay an annual health fee to cover the costs of administering HSIP. The health fee is subject to change yearly and is attached to your tuition account each year* for as long as you remain in your UW Health Sciences school/program. See the table below for this year’s fee for your program.

HSIP Annual Health Fee 2017-2018
School of Dentistry (DDS and Post-Doc) $233
School of Medicine (MD) $170
MEDEX $129
Nursing (ABSN/BSN/DNP/MN/Certificate) $115
Health Sciences Programs, other  
Med Lab Sciences/Lab Med $111
Pharmacy (PharmD) $111
Rehab Medicine (PT, OT, P&O) $111
School of Public Health (MPH/GH/HIHIM/Nutrition) $111
Social Work-Seattle and Tacoma (BASW/MSW) $111
Speech & Hearing (CoreSLP, MedSLP,AuD,AuD-PhD) $111

*Health fee is attached to student's account during autumn quarter, unless student is starting or returning from leave later in the academic year.

These fees vary based on several factors. For example, if you are in a field of study or clinical or practicum service with high risk to blood-borne pathogens, you will pay a higher fee than students who are at low risk.

Please click HERE for more specific details about how the health fee was calculated for the current school year, including the different components that make up the total fee for each school or program.

Depending upon your Health Science program’s curriculum, practicum/clinical training involving clients and patients can begin as early as your first quarter. If you sustain a blood-borne exposure during a clinical rotation, and if your personal insurance won’t cover the full cost of the expenses related to treating the exposure, HSIP can reimburse you for uncovered expenses. This service is funded through the annual health fee. However, the health fee is not health insurance. The federal Affordable Care Act requires everyone to purchase health insurance. Becoming ill during your academic career can be expensive. Health Science students may be able to receive limited first aid for blood borne pathogen exposures at some practicum or clinical sites, but students are not considered employees while they are engaging in education-related activities, and worker’s compensation can’t be expected to cover injuries that occur during student training.

Should you experience injury or exposure to illness during clinical training you should seek first aid, and then bill your personal insurance, such as the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) or the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP), or a Marketplace health plan.

We recommend that UW students learn what health services they can obtain from the student health center on their “home” campus. Further information about the Affordable Care Act and obtaining insurance is available on Hall Health’s website. The Health Care Resources section of this website may also be of assistance for students who need initial or ongoing services, such as TB screening and flu shots, in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.

To summarize, the health fee covers only the costs of administering HSIP. For all students who paid the health fee, HSIP:

  • Reviews all submitted documentation for completeness
  • Communicates with students regarding missing information and additional information needed
  • Enters the information into a secure occupational web-based, password- protected database
  • Reports each student’s compliance status to their school/program
  • Places holds on the registration of students who have not met the requirements
  • Reimburses the costs of counseling, testing, and treatment for blood-borne pathogen (BBP) exposure after a student's insurance is billed and the amount of insurance coverage is determined

Questions?

For questions about the Health Fee, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of this website. Or contact the HSIP staff:
HSIP voicemail: 206-616-9074
E-mail: myshots@uw.edu (Please include the question topic in the subject line.)