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Health Services Department

The SHC is available to all full-time students enrolled in courses at Philadelphia University.  We encourage all students who have paid the Student Health Fee to visit the SHC as often as needed.  For details about our services and more, please click on the links to the right of this page.

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The Philadelphia University Student Health Center (SHC) is dedicated to providing confidential, comprehensive and accessible health care for all students, so they may achieve their maximum intellectual and academic potential.  Through student-centered programs and services, we encourage healthy behaviors and holistic lifestyle choices in order to support a foundation of wellness in our students.  Our mission is to help students become their own health advocates as they strive to reach an optimal state of well-being, and at the sametime, to teach them how to best navigate the health care system to uphold their needs.

"Wellness must be a prerequisite to all else. Students cannot be intellectually proficient if they are physically and psychologically unwell." - Ernest Boyer

 


Location:

The Student Health Center is located within Scholler Hall: enter at stairway near to Ram statue (across from the Gallagher Center). Click here for a map.

Mailing Address:

Philadelphia University Student Health Center
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Telephone: 215.951.2986
Fax Number: 215.951.6867
Email: HealthServices@PhilaU.edu

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Ebola  

As the world health care community has increased efforts to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) outbreak in West Africa, and concerns about infection control within the United States grow, we wish to provide an update regarding steps the University has taken to keep the campus safe.   We are unaware of any student, faculty, or staff Ebola-related illness (or recent exposure to the illness), or of anyone returning to campus from the affected countries in West Africa.  Currently there are no university-sponsored travel or study abroad programs to affected countries.  We do not have any current international students from Guinea, Liberia, Sierre Leone, or Mali.

 Student Health Services maintains communication with local health care agencies on emergency response to Ebola and abides by best practice guidelines outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the unlikely event of a suspected case presenting to Student Health Services, we will work closely with local health agencies to provide safe care to all affected individuals.  Containment of the infection is highly dependent upon careful screening of individuals with fever who have traveled to/from West Africa and/or have been directly exposed to the blood and bodily fluids of infected individuals.

 It is vital that any member of the PhilaU community, including students, faculty and staff, seek medical advice and care immediately if you have any concerns about Ebola.

If you have traveled to a high-risk area within the last 21 days, or have been in contact with a known traveler to the high-risk areas within the last 21 days, please notify Student Health Services by calling 215-951-2986 before you go to Health Services or a hospital, so that we may conduct a risk assessment and review self-monitoring recommendations.

Quick Facts

The CDC advises against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and to practice enhanced precautions with travel to Mali.

The CDC is not recommending isolation or quarantine of individuals based on travel history alone.

It is important to remember that individuals who do not have symptoms are not contagious. Ebola is not transmitted by air, food, or water. It is transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of someone who is already experiencing symptoms. 

Ebola is not a respiratory disease and is not spread through the airborne route. There is no evidence that Ebola is spread by coughing or sneezing. Ebola might be spread through large droplets (splashes or sprays) but only when a person is very sick. That’s why hospital workers must wear personal protective equipment around people with Ebola to stay safe.

Symptoms of the Ebola include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, and abnormal bleeding, and can occur up to 21 days after exposure to someone with the active disease.

Self-Monitoring Recommendations

Q: What should I do if I have traveled to one of the countries where the Ebola outbreaks are happening?

A: See CDC’s Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease Exposure to learn about your risk level.

Pay attention to your health after you return:

1. Monitor your health for 21 days. Take your temperature every morning and evening. Watch for other Ebola symptoms: severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

2. If your temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher or you have any other Ebola signs or symptoms, seek medical care immediately. Call 215-951-2986 and tell Student Health Services about your recent travel and your symptoms before you go to the doctor’s office or hospital. Advance notice will help the doctor care for you and protect other people who may be in the doctor’s office or hospital. Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation. Do not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital. Limit your contact with other people if you are sick. Do not go to work, classes, or other student activities until you have been medically evaluated.

During the time that you are monitoring your health, if you have no symptoms, you can continue your normal activities, including work and school. If you get symptoms of Ebola, it is important to stay separated from other people and to call your doctor right away.  Public health officials will be notified in the event that you develop symptoms to ensure you receive prompt and appropriate care.

The university is in the process of establishing on-campus quarantine areas, in the event that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health deems it necessary.

For the most updated information about Ebola, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

For more information regarding communicable diseases, click here

Thank you very much for being attentive and responsive. If you have questions regarding Ebola at PhilaU, please contact: healthservices@philau.edu or call 215-951-2986.