Know the 5 Signs
General Health Information
Smoking Cessation
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Nutrition and Fitness
Sexual Assault
Health Education Report 2015-2016
Sexual Health Resources
STD Prevention and Testing
Request a Presentation
Healhtful Apps
Get involved
Chat with a Health Educator

General Health Information

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Nutrition and Fitness

The Student Health Service medical providers are available to discuss basic nutrition and fitness and to provide guidance on diet and fitness goals.  Appointments are available at , choose “Medical Problem, New” as the visit type.  The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers a variety of programs which can help you with your efforts including fitness assessments and dietary analysis.

Student and Sexual Health Information
Learn Facts about Sexual Health with links to websites and organizations that offer accurate and direct information.


Available at Student Health Service and Residential College / University Village Front Desks!!!
American Social Health Association  
University of Miami Student Health 101
To read this month's edition of Student health 101 please click here

Get Involved!
Get involved! Become a Health Outreach Peer Educator (H.O.P.E)

Health Outreach Peer Educators (HOPE) are a diverse group of students who are trained to teach fellow students about pertinent health issues in a positive, interactive and nonjudgmental manner. Topics range from sexual health, healthy relationships, hazing, discrimination, stress management, time management, gambling and more! By participating in a peer health education group here at UM, you will develop skills that will aid in your personal, academic, and professional development.

Click here to apply.

Smoke Free Ambassadors Program

We would like to get the students and employees who share a common interest and practice of wellness in the school and work environment involved in this very worthwhile and healthy program.

To request a training for yourself or your student organization. Click here

Healthful Apps
Do you want to be healthy? There is an app for that.

Smart phone apps may also help you to achieve your health goals. Explore our list of some of the most commonly used apps.

For more health and wellness apps visit the health & wellness sections of  Google Play and  Apple ITunes.

Request a Presentation
The Health Education Center Staff, including Peer Educators, are available to create and present programs and facilitate activities to meet your health education needs.

Want to Schedule a Presentation?

Chat with a Health Educator

Had Unprotected Sex?  Forgot to take your pill?  Get live answers from a free Planned Parenthood expert.  Click here

Smoking Cessation

University of Miami – Be Smoke Free Program
The University’s award winning smoking cessation program, I Quit with AHEC Be Smoke Free Program,” will begin offering group classes for individuals interested in quitting smoking. Classes are offered in 6-week intervals which recur every six week.

Quitting smoking can be a long and difficult process. With the aid of group classes, led by certified tobacco treatment specialist, individuals can get the support and tools necessary to become tobacco-free. This benefit is available to UM employees, students, and the community at no charge. This program is open to anyone with the desire to become smoke-free for life. University of Miami affiliates and Non-UM affiliates alike are encouraged to join us for this life-changing experience!

Visit for a complete schedule and more information. Call 305-243-7606 or email Mohammad Asad at to register for the BeSmokeFree Program.

University of Miami Student Health Service

Medical providers at the Student Health Service are also available to offer assistance with smoking cessation. Assistance is available to all students eligible to receive care at Student Health Service, and smoking cessation aids (nicotine replacement and other medications) are offered free of charge to students currently on the UnitedHealthCare Student Health Insurance plan. Appointments can be scheduled on-line at, please select "Smoking Cessation" as appointment reason.

Off Campus Resources

These resource below can also help you to quit smoking.

The State of Florida Quit Line offers free counseling, nicotine patches or gum and more. Additional information is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW.


  • Tobacco Free U - Offers college students free on-line information, guides, and resources related to tobacco and quitting tobacco use.
  • My Last Dip - MyLastDip is a free Web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
  • Kill the Can - This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
  • Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • Freedom from Smoking® Online Program - On-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of seven modules, each containing four lessons, to assist you in quitting tobacco. Participants are also encouraged to participate in message boards to give and receive support as they go through the quit process.
  • There’s an app for that: 
    · Check out these apps to help you quit.
    · NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This
    interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist
    you with giving up smoking. 
    · Smokefree Teen QuitSTART is another free smartphone app to help track your cravings and moods,
    monitor your progress, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and
    reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree." 

STD Prevention and Testing

STD Prevention
STD Testing
Genital HPV
Genital Herpes Simplex
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

STD Prevention:

Sexually transmitted infections (STD's) are highly preventable.

The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STD's, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, infected persons may be unaware of their infections because STDs are often asymptomatic or unrecognized.

Consistent and correct use of latex or polyurethane condoms can significantly reduce the risk of STD transmission. Inconsistent use can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse with an infected partner. FREE condoms are available at the Student Health Service & at the front desk area of Residential Colleges.

STD Testing
STD Prevention
Lab testing for STD's is available for all eligible students.

To schedule STD testing please make an appointment at for a visit reason chose STD Screening

Not on campus, but still want to get tested? Use this widget below to find a clinic in your area:

STD Prevention
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb). Both men and women at risk should be tested if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/ or with a cervical swab in women. For more information on chlamydia and to determine if you are at risk click here. 

STD Prevention
Recommended annually for all sexually active women 25 years and younger by some authorities, and only for those at increased risk by others. Both men and women at risk should be tested at other times if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/ or with a cervical swab in women. For more information click here.

STD Prevention
Any sexually active person can get syphilis through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Have an honest and open talk with your health care provider and ask whether you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs. You should get tested regularly for syphilis if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV infection, and/or have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis. Testing done via blood. For more information on Syphilis click here

STD Prevention
Where we are in the fight against HIV/ AIDS
People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested and answer yes to any of the following questions, you should get an HIV test because these things increase your chances of getting HIV:

  • Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
  • Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with an HIV-positive partner?
  • Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
  • Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (for example, water or cotton) with others?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
  • Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?

You should be tested at least once a year if you keep doing any of these things. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (for example, every 3 to 6 months).
HIV: Testing done via blood; Free for all eligible students 

Genital HPV infection 
STD Prevention
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. However, in most cases HPV goes away on its own before causing any health problems.
Testing done on women through pap smear screenings; HPV tests done automatically with certain pap abnormalities, and can be ordered for women over 30 choosing to be screened every 5 years. There is no routinely utilized test for males. For more information on HPV infections click here

Genital Herpes simplex 
STD Prevention
Symptomatic testing: sample can be obtained from drainage from sores/vesicles on skin. Asymptomatic testing: blood test available for antibodies against Type I and Type II herpes, however results are difficult to interpret, can be inaccurate and do not accurately distinguish between new and prior infections. Not routinely done. For more information on Herpes infections click here

STD Prevention
Hepatitis B: 

Spread through sexual contact as well as exposure to infected blood. Most individuals received the Hepatitis B vaccination series as children, if not it is recommended that all individuals be vaccinated. Testing done via blood. 

Hepatitis C 

Spread mostly through exposure to infected blood; less frequently spread by sexual contact. Testing done via blood. For more information on Hepatitis infections click here

STD Prevention

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months. Are you ready for Prep?

Make an appointment to talk to your provider about Prep. Visit