Health Education

Join the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

Are you a UMBC student interested in making a difference?

Are you a UMBC student interested in making a difference on campus? 
Join the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) University Health Services and the Counseling Center! 

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) acts as a student voice to the staff and administration of University Health Services (UHS) and the Counseling Center (CC). SHAC is an advisory board of students who function as liaisons between UMBC students and UHS and CC staff to help improve health and mental health at UMBC and provide students with the best experience possible at the CC and UHS. Aside from their advisory duties, SHAC members get involved in some outreach events and programming efforts sponsored by the offices. SHAC usually meets once a month during the academic year. 

Join SHAC today! You’ll be providing a service to the UMBC community while building your leadership skills. 
Meeting times are 12-1pm on the following dates this spring: 

February 27,  
March 27,  
April 24, and  
May 8 

Application deadline: Thursday, February 16th 

To complete an application please go to UMBC SHAC Application. If you have questions please contact Dr. Bruce Herman at 

Apply to be a Peer Health Educator!

Educate peers about sexual health, drugs, alcohol & more!

Are You Interested In...
  • Becoming more involved on campus? 
  • Educating your peers about sexual health, alcohol, drugs, stress, nutrition & other health 
  • Enhancing your public speaking skills?
  • Assisting with health education/promotion events on campus? 
  • Meeting new people, working on a team and having fun?
If this sounds like you, then apply to become a Peer Health Educator with University Health Services! 

If you are interested, please click the download link for the PDF document found on this page. All applications must be turned in to the Health Promotion Office on the ground floor of Erickson Hall opposite of UHS.

The deadline to apply is December 2, 2016! After a review of applications, qualified students will be called in for an interview. Thanks for your interest!


CDC Travel Health Notices for Zika Virus

Affecting the Caribbean and Central & South America

CDC Media Statement (Jan. 26, 2016):


"CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: United States Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic.  Previously, CDC issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory; Barbados; Bolivia; Brazil; Cape Verde; Colombia; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Martinique; Mexico; Panama; Paraguay; Saint Martin; Samoa; Suriname; and Venezuela.  Specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to continue to change over time.


As more information becomes available, CDC travel alerts will be updated. Travelers to areas where cases of Zika virus infection have been recently confirmed are at risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters, prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. There is no vaccine or medicine available for Zika virus. The best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.


Some travelers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home. Some people who are infected do not have any symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other commonly reported symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and case fatality is low. Travelers to these areas should monitor for symptoms or illness upon return. If they become ill, they should tell their healthcare professional where they have traveled and when."


UMBC Resources:

University Health Services

Study Abroad Office

International Education Services

Free Webinars for Faculty & Staff from INOVA

Topics on Employee Well-Being

INOVA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has several upcoming webinars that focus on employee well-being.  Please click see the 2016 Inova Webinar Schedule for more information.  These are now "on demand" webinars and can be accessed on the website, no registration is required. 
  • A Healthier You:  Look beyond the Scale (now available)
  • Keeping Your Love Alive:  Creating Ways to Connect (available on 2.16.16)
  • Let's Sleep On it:  Getting your zzz's (available on 3.15.16)
  • Home Buying 101:  To buy or not to buy? (available on 4.19.16)
UMBC and INOVA EAP recognize that personal and family concerns can make life very difficult, and sometimes affect your ability to concentrate on the job.  At such times, having someone who listens and is objective and concerned may be just the help you need to avoid a crisis.  INOVA EAP provides that support.  One-on-One consultations are free to Faculty & Staff.  For more information, visit the HR webpage:

Birth Control Education Seminars Available at UHS!


Thinking about getting on birth control? Want to change from the one you're on now? Confused on which one to pick from all of the options? Then schedule a FREE contraception education seminar at UHS via our Health Education Office! We'll go over everything you want to know about each birth control method and help you explore the best methods for your lifestyle.

We can even cover information about STI's and how to prepare for your first GYN exam if you are getting one. 

To make an appointment, email or call 410-455-1558. This can be an individual appointment, or you can even bring your partner/friends/roommates with you and make it a group education session. The session only lasts 30-60 minutes.