Pre-Entrance Health Requirements

  • Fall Deadline: July 15 
  • Spring Deadline: January 5

New and transfer students need to complete their pre-entrance health and immunization requirements by logging in to the Student Health Portal with their Emerson username and password.

In the Student Health Portal students will enter vaccination dates into the portal, upload immunization/vaccine records for verification, upload immunization waiver requests if applicable, and fill out the following ONLINE forms:

  • Incoming Medical Health Form
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire

The Guide to Using the Student Health Portal will walk you through all of the steps needed to make this process as easy as possible.

  • Additional forms that may be required can be found within the Student Health Portal including forms for the Pre-College Summer Program.
  • We prefer that you upload all information directly through the Student Health Portal. This allows all documents to link directly with your Electronic Health Record. If you are unable to upload, you may fax your attachments to 617-824-7897.
  • Contact your healthcare provider for records of the required immunizations. You will need to enter each date in the "Immunization" section of the Portal and then upload a signed/stamped copy of immunizations for verification.

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Health Insurance Requirements

Massachusetts requires students enrolled at least 75 percent of full-time, who are not enrolled solely in short-term courses or an online program, to be covered by health insurance. Therefore, students required to have insurance (matriculated undergraduate students enrolled in 9 or more credits and graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credits) are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Emerson Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Matriculated undergraduates and matriculated graduates who are less than 75 percent of full-time and plan to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) must submit a written request for coverage annually. The request for coverage form can be obtained by contacting University Health Plans at info [at] (info[at]univhealthplans[dot]com) or 833-251-1726.

Coverage Period

Effective through the academic year, the Student Health Insurance Plan coverage period is August 1 to July 31. Coverage is effective August 1 through July 31 for students enrolled in the fall semester. Coverage is effective January 1 to July 31 for newly enrolled spring semester students.

The Student Health Insurance Plan is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and administered by University Health Plans.

Waiving Health Insurance

Undergraduate and graduate students may waive the Student Health Insurance Plan and Charge by submitting an online waiver form confirming comparable coverage by the designated deadline. An insurance waiver must be completed at the start of each academic year for continued exemption.

The last day to waive the annual insurance for fall semester students is mid-September (please refer to the University Health Plan website). For students enrolling for the first time in spring, the last day is early February. Students who use their Emerson-provided health insurance at any point are not eligible to waive afterward.

Frequently Asked Questions

View some of the frequently asked questions regarding Health Forms.