Health Requirements

Tuberculosis Screening  Classes  Immunizations

As you prepare for your arrival at UMBC, there are some health-related requirements that you must meet before you arrive on campus. Each item is listed below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Undergraduate Student Requirements:

For more information on insurance requirements or for International student insurance information, please visit the Insurance Waiver and Mandate page.

If you have questions regarding the requirements, recommendations, or deadlines, please call 410-455-2542 or go to our Insurance and Immunizations/Forms pages. Best wishes for a healthy and satisfying experience at UMBC.

To our International Student Community:

Tuberculosis screening is an important part of our efforts to protect the health and safety of our campus and is required for all new international students. This is done by a Quantiferon blood test and should be submitted as soon as possible. Until you meet this requirement, you will not be able to register for next semester’s classes.

In order to help those who still need to have this test done, we are offering Quantiferon testing clinics February 20 – 24 at Retriever Integrated Health, 2nd floor of the Center for Well-Being. If you still need to do this test please sign up for one of these clinics. Advanced sign-up is required. No testing can be done without prior registration.

You must have health insurance and present your insurance card the day you are tested. Contact Retriever Integrated Health at or 410-455-2542 if you have insurance questions.

Sign-up for a Tuberculosis Screening

Please make sure you bring your insurance card to the clinic. Billing will be handled by Quest laboratories according to your plan.

***If you have already met this testing requirement, please do not sign up for this event. Testing twice will not be covered by insurance.***

For additional resources be sure to check out the CDC’s Tuberculosis Factsheet.

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Alcohol Wise

The prevention course, Alcohol Wise, is designed to educate students about the dangers of misusing alcohol. Alcohol Wise goes on to mention UMBC campus alcohol policies, bystander strategies, and how to call for help. This course is based on evidence-based prevention strategies that have been proven effective. ALL first-time first-year and transfer students are to complete this course.

Access Alcohol Wise

Upon completion of this course, you DO NOT need to send a copy of your completion certificate to Retriever Integrated Health.

Other Drugs Prevention

The Other Drugs prevention course is designed to use evidence-based strategies to educate students about the dangers of misusing drugs, including opioids. This course will provide students with information about the negative impacts of other drug use on one’s mental health, physical health, and academic success.

Access Other Drugs Prevention

Upon completion of this course, you DO NOT need to send a copy of your completion certificate to Retriever Integrated Health.

Title IX Prevention Education

As of June 1, 2020, The Office of Equity and Inclusion has assumed implementation responsibilities for the mandatory sexual misconduct prevention education course required for all new incoming students. The Consent and Respect course is no longer being implemented at UMBC. Please visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion website for more details about upcoming mandatory sexual misconduct prevention education course decisions.

Title IX Training

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In an effort to maintain a healthy campus environment, all new and transfer UMBC students are REQUIRED to complete the Mandatory Health Form and return it to RIH by August 15, 2022.  Students who do not meet this requirement will be blocked from subsequent class registration until the form is completed and returned to RIH. Residential students will not be able to move into University Housing until the form is completed and returned to RIH. Documentation must include specific dates of immunizations and screening tests (month, day, year).

***If you have not submitted the required proof of immunizations, you will not be able to register for classes for future semesters.***

myRetrieverCare Portal Health Form Help Video:

The following immunizations are required for UMBC students:

  • ALL:
    • Two MMR vaccines (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) after your 1st birthday (unless you were born before 1957)
      • If you are unsure if you have completed the MMR vaccine series, or cannot obtain your records, you can schedule an appointment at RIH to have your blood drawn to test your immunity levels (titers).
    • Meningitis (MCV4): Maryland law requires that all students living in on-campus housing have a meningitis vaccine protecting against at least the four serogroups A, C, Y and W-135 within the preceding 5 years of moving into on-campus student housing, or sign a waiver stating that they understand the risks of meningitis infection and elect not to have the vaccine.
    • COVID-19: UMBC requires that all students living in on-campus housing remain up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccination. Residents will receive information on how to document their vaccination status or sign a waiver or exemption.
    • Tuberculosis (TB) test: All international students are required to have a Tuberculosis blood test (T-spot or Quantiferon) performed in the United States within the 6 months prior to their first attendance date at UMBC.

Recommended Immunizations:

  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Tdap
  • Varicella (chickenpox) *not available at RIH
  • Meningococcal B disease *not available at RIH

Most of the immunizations listed above can be obtained at your local health provider’s office, health department, pharmacy, urgent care center, or by appointment at RIH.  Please call ahead to confirm availability.

Mandatory Health Form/Immunization Form

Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire

CDC Immunization Schedule

CDC Travel Vaccines

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