The UMass Public Health Promotion Center’s (PHPC) mission is to prevent illness and to promote and protect the health and wellness of the campus community as a Health Promoting University. We provide many of the same services and functions of a local health department in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We serve all members of the campus community and partner with local, regional and state health and human service agencies to provide health and wellness opportunities to the campus. We have academic practice partnerships with the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences to allow for robust campus programing and clinical experiences for students. We partner with Student Affairs and Campus Life and Human Resources in supporting students and employees and collaborate with University Health Services in providing clinical services such as screenings and immunizations.
COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Clinic
The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) in partnership with University Health Services and Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, is pleased to announce the launch of our annual Flu and COVID vaccine clinics.
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect yourself and the UMass community. An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. The PHPC walk-in clinic is offering Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 vaccines throughout the Fall semester on Thursdays (mobile clinics around campus) and Fridays (located at the Campus Center Lower Level room 101) which are open to active UMass faculty, staff and their household members.
The FDA recently approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine formula in September of 2023. It is a monovalent formula based on the XBB variant. All individuals over the age of 6 months are recommended to receive one updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine provided it has been at least two months since their most recent dose.
Please Note: COVID-19 vaccines are no longer provided from the federal government for free, thus insurance will be billed for them. Please reference the University Health Services website to verify if your insurance is accepted to avoid any billing issues. University Health Services is unable to bill Medicare. Individuals who have Medicare for insurance and are not current UMass staff will unfortunately be referred elsewhere for vaccinations.
Please visit vaccines.gov for information about where additional vaccination clinics are also are available, which include health care providers and pharmacies.
Flu and COVID-19 Clinics
Annual influenza vaccines will be available at the Public Health Promotion Center’s clinics. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at these clinics.
Thursdays throughout the semester starting on September 28th, the PHPC will be traveling around campus, look for the Wellbeing on Wheels van.
- 9/28 Worcester Dining Commons - 2pm-6pm
- 10/5 Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall - 12pm-4pm
- 10/12 Berkshire Dining Commons - 11am-3pm
- 10/19 Recreation Center - 2pm-6pm
- 10/26 Hampshire Dining Commons - 2pm-6pm
- 11/2 North D Lobby - 2pm-6pm
- 11/9 Webster Hall Lobby - 2pm-6pm
- 11/16 Recreation Center - 2-6pm
- 11/30 Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall - 11am-3pm
End of semester schedule in the lower level of the Campus Center into winter break for adult vaccine clinics at PHPC:
- 12/1 – 10:00am-2:00pm
- 12/7 - 12:00pm-4:00pm
- 12/8 - 10:00am-2:00pm
- 12/14 – 12:00pm-4:00pm
- 12/15 – 10:00am-2:00pm
PHPC will be closed December 16, 2023 to January 3, 2024.
Additional January clinics will be posted at a later day.
Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children 6 months through 11 years.
December 4, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Walk-ins welcome no appointment necessary.
Asymptomatic STI testing is available at the PHPC starting 9/20.
Clinics are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30am-2:30pm.
The last STI clinic of this semester will be Wednesday, December 13th, 2023. We will post here when we plan to re-open for spring semester. Testing may be obtained at University Health Services over winter break.
PHPC is located at the Lower Level of the Campus Center in Room 101.
Email email@example.com if you have questions.
Visit Vaccines.gov for other vaccine locations throughout the region
COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance
UMass Amherst follows the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) guidance for when an individual tests positive or exposed to COVID-19. Isolation (positive test) and exposure precautions are important steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Information for on or off campus students on what to do an expect if you test positive for COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19 (isolate) please review the following guidance.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, please review the following guidance.
If you have any questions and to report your positive test results for additional public health guidance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-577-8888 (messages will be returned Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM),
Tobacco & Vaping Quit Coaching
The PHPC’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist can help you achieve a tobacco free life by developing a quit plan that works for you. The highest success rate for quitting tobacco is seen in those who use combination medication therapies with the support of a quit coach. Let us help you get connected to the resources that you need so you can begin your quit journey.
PHPC: (413) 577-8888 OR email at email@example.com to learn more about how we can support you
1-800-QUIT-NOW: Free Coaching with tobacco treatment specialist and free nicotine replacement therapy for all MA residents over the age of 18. Just call 1-800-784-8669 to set up your first coaching appointment
This is Quitting: Text DITCHJUUL to 88709 to register with a text message-based service aimed at helping you quit vaping. Receive helpful tips and words of encouragement accessible 24/7 just a text away
Tobacco-Free UMass website: UMass Amherst became a completely tobacco-free campus on July 1, 2013. Learn more about the policy at the Tobacco-Free UMass website.