It is important to note that Student Health Services is not an urgent care facility nor emergency room. As to not delay care, students experiencing an urgent medical need should consider going to one of the facilities on our website. If you are unsure as to where to go, a doctor or nurse at SHS can assist you with information. Please call 713-348-4966. For an emergency call 713-348-6000.
For up to date Rice information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please check https://emergency.rice.edu/
Students with concerns may call Rice Student Health to discuss concerns with a triage nurse. They should NOT come to the clinic.
We presently are UNABLE to do any testing for Coronavirus.
Virtual visits may be obtained for Aetna Student Health www.Teledoc.com/Aetna or 1-855-835-2362 - Aetna has waived the fees during this time - FREE TO STUDENTS ON AETNA
Virtual visits may also be obtained thru Houston Methodist at https://www.houstonmethodist.org/virtual-urgent-care/
or Memorial Hermann http://www.memorialhermann.org/virtual-care/instant-care-options/
Signature Care ER 1007 Westheimer Rd phone 281-479-3293 WILL see sick patients. Please call from the parking lot if you are ill.
TESTING SITES: Please note supplies are extremely limited and testing lines are long. Rules change daily.
Legacy Clinics 832-548-5000 https://www.legacycommunityhealth.org/ - Note 5-7 days for results
United Memorial Medical Center 510 West Tidwell - must do online request first - https://www.ummcscreening.com/
Next Level Urgent Care - starting March 20 - multiple locations - www.nextlevelurgentcare.com - As of 3/25 limited supplies - only high need patients getting tested
Dr Ed Rensimer -www.Traveldoc.com or 713-550-2000 (Spring Branch area) - As of 3/25 - testing suspended
Dr Shaya - http://www.shayahealth.com/COVID-19.php - Schedule online visit first
Doyle's Pharmacy - Delivers to students - 2425 Sunset Blvd -Phone 713-526-1771
Randalls Pharmacy - 713-668-9820
VACCINE REQUIREMENTS - All new students (undergraduate and graduate) are REQUIRED to have two MMR vaccines. Students under 22 are required to have the Meningitis ACYW vaccine. All students must complete a screening questionnaire for tuberculosis and complete testing if needed.
The Meningitis B and TdaP vaccines are highly recommended for undergraduate students. Please review this preventable disease at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html
Please review the Health Form and frequently asked questions under "new students". We understand you might have limited access to your healthcare providers at this time and will be updating deadlines soon.
A child or student who has not received the required immunizations for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, may be excluded from school in times of emergency or epidemic.
Starting in the fall of 2018, students with Aetna Student Health may receive full reimbursement for STI testing once per school year at student health. Please schedule an appointment for testing and to review coverage.
Students do not need to be enrolled in the Rice sponsored Aetna insurance plan to utilize Student Health services. We do not file or bill insurance.
Students or parents with concerns about privacy should review the information on the Registrar's webpage regarding FERPA. Health services does NOT require any privacy forms unless a student is under 18 upon arrival. This form is available under the New Students Section.
Holds from our office on your Esther account can be a student health old, vaccine hold, or a health data hold.
The student health hold will be for equipment (crutches, blood pressure monitors, etc.) check out that is overdue. Please bring back your equipment or call to make payment to have the hold removed.
The ME hold is for the Health Data Form. This hold will be in place until your Health Data Form has been received and processed by our office
The VA hold is for the meningitis vaccine. This hold will remain in place until you have provided documentation of the vaccine (if under age 22).
We are located in the Morton L. Rich Student Health and Wellness Center located next to the Brown Magister's House off Entrance 27b. The building is indicated as building #30 on the campus map. Student parking is available at Entrance 27.
Temporary Hours during COVID crisis -
Monday thru Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
closed for lunch 12:00-12:30 daily.
Monday - Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
*during the summer, the receptionist is available 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for phone calls.
Phone: (713) 348-4966
Fax: (713) 348-5427
(Note: This email address is for general administrative purposes only. It may not be used to ask a medical questions, set up an appointment, or to request advice.)