Health & Wellness

There are many health and wellness resources available to SPH students on the BU Medical Campus and Charles River Campus. For questions or more information, contact Mary Murphy-Phillips, Director of Graduate Student Life.

Student Health Services (SHS) is a center designed to help meet your health care needs while at Boston University. The departments currently include Primary Care, Sports Medicine, and Behavioral Medicine service by appointment or on an emergency basis, and Crisis Intervention Counselors. The Department of Wellness & Prevention Services includes Alcohol and Other Drug evaluation and education, as well as general health education. The Athletic Training Services Department at Boston University is a part of the SHS family.

Student Health Services
Boston University
881 Commonwealth Avenue West
Boston, MA 02215
Fax: 617-353-7224 or 617-353-3557

Mental health and substance abuse counseling and referrals are available through Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services.

BU Behavioral Medicine on the Medical Campus

Behavioral medicine services for students are available on the Medical Campus. All full-time students are eligible for care, regardless of health insurance. Part-time students who have the Aetna Student Health insurance also are eligible. The location was chosen specifically to be mindful of maintaining student privacy and confidentiality.

Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Building,
85 E. Newton Suite 816
Boston, MA 02118

When longer-term treatment is indicated, students will be referred to a provider in the community. Student Health Services is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of all patient health information in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws. To make an appointment, please call 617-353-3569 and request an appointment at the BUMC clinic.

In the case of a mental health emergency, go directly to the Boston Medical Center Emergency Room, Menino Pavilion, 840 Harrison Avenue, or the nearest hospital emergency room.

BU Behavioral Medicine on the Charles River Campus

Student Health Services is available to all BU students, regardless of their type of health insurance. The Behavioral Medicine staff offers students confidential consultations, crisis intervention, and treatment, including short-term therapy, groups, and medication. Staff members have expertise in special issues such as stress, isolation, academic pressure, issues of diversity, harassment, eating problems, substance abuse or dependence, and general problems of daily living. The clinicians work closely with professionals in the outside community and will facilitate referrals for specialized services or longer-term treatment.

881 Commonwealth Avenue, West
Boston, MA 02215

The Danielsen Institute

The Danielsen Institute is a licensed mental health clinic and pastoral counseling center based at BU. The institute provides counseling services for individuals, partners/couples, families, and groups, as well as consultation and psychological testing services. These services are available to the BU community as well as the greater Boston area. Most types of insurance are accepted, including those offered to BU students, faculty, and staff through the University. The institute also offers a sliding fee scale for clients without health insurance. Services are available by appointment, Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. The clinic is handicap-accessible.

185 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Support Groups and Workshops

Free support groups and workshops are available through Student Health Services, including services, groups, and counseling for alcohol and substance abuse. Student Health Services also offers wellness education programs on a range of topics relevant to many students. Among these: stress management, alcohol use and abuse, learning disabilities, and sex and relationships.

For additional questions and information regarding mental health resources available to SPH students, contact Mary Murphy-Phillips at or 617-638-5059.

As a graduate student with a heavy workload, managing your time can be stressful.  Your well-being is a priority, both inside and outside the classroom, and we want to make sure you have the tools to achieve success. While staff from the Office of Graduate Student Life and BU Behavioral Medicine are always available to talk in person, these resources can help you enhance your wellness regardless of where you are.

  • Wellness Wheel. The Wellness Wheel from UNH offers tips on how to integrate wellness into multiple dimensions of your life.
  • Relaxation Techniques. Looking to reduce stress and manage anxiety? These relaxation techniques from Tufts can be practiced at any time.
  • Relaxation Downloads. Explore these relaxation downloads courtesy of Dartmouth and discover what works for you.
  • Sleep. MIT’s sleep resources guide includes suggestions on how to overcome sleeplessness and insomnia and improve your sleep quality.

Be sure to check out the SPH Student Weekly email that will often highlight additional resources or social events to give you a break from school work.

Meditation/Multidenominational Prayer Room at BUMC

BMC’s Newton Pavilion Interfaith Chapel, located on the second floor of 88 East Newton St., is a central location for students, faculty and staff to use for meditation and multidenominational prayer. Space is made available in the chapel for personal reflection 24 hours a day seven days a week.

  • Muslim Jumma Prayer services on Fridays are held at 12:30 p.m. in the Evans Biomedical building (650 Albany st), 7th floor in Room 714. Daily Muslim worship is encouraged in the chapel.
  • Catholic Masses are celebrated Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.
  • Ecumenical Services are held at noon on Sundays.

Marsh Chapel at Boston University (Charles River Campus)

On the Charles River Campus, Marsh Chapel offers several weekday services for a variety of religious affiliations. Visit for more information.

Click here for more information about religious life at BU.

The Huntington Ave. YMCA

The newly renovated Huntington Avenue YMCA has a 10,000 sq-ft wellness center, a gymnasium, universal weight room, an indoor pool, basketball courts,  a cardiovascular/aerobic room, racquetball courts, free group exercise, and locker rooms with sauna and showers. SPH students are eligible for a discounted membership.

316 Huntington Ave.

Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec)

BU’s FitRecs facilities include two swimming pools, 18,000 square feet of cardio and weight equipment, seven courts of gymnasia, an indoor track, climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts, dance studio, and locker rooms. FitRec also offers hundreds of noncredit recreational courses including group fitness, spinning, aquatics, CPR, dance, court sports, climbing, and yoga. FitRec membership is free for full-time students (discounts available for family memberships) and discounted for part-time students and their families. A Boston University identification card is required for admission to the Fitness & Recreation Center.

915 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston Sports Club-South End

To help meet the wellness needs of BU Medical Campus students, Boston Sports Club-South End has provided a special offer! Located just a few blocks from BUMC, the club invites all current BU Medical Campus students to join their full-service fitness facility. There is an annual fee of $39.95, which is paid upon joining, then every year on the anniversary of joining. Then a low monthly charge of $39.95 billed on the 1st of every month automatically from the members Credit/Debit card. There is no enrollment fee. This membership is approximately $600 less than the normal passport membership.

This membership includes all the amenities that our full pay passport member receive including access to every club in the BSC, NYSC, PSC (Philadelphia) as well as WSC (Washington D.C.) network.  The only exceptions are Waltham, MA, Wellesley, MA and the Boston Racquet Club.  Every member has full access to our group exercise classes as well as receive a complimentary fitness orientation from an expert trainer.

To join, contact Ryan McGrath, membership coordinator, at 617-482-1266.

560 Harrison Avenue

Intramural Sports

You do not need to be an athlete to join a flag football, soccer, or other intramural team at BU.