Health and Insurance Benefits

University Health Services (UHS) and University Mental Health (UMH) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine provide reduced cost healthcare. The insurance plan postdocs are provided is called the Student Health Program (SHP). A summary of student benefits can be found on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine website.

  1. Student Health Program (SHP)
    • The basics of your health insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Benefits
    • Prescription Coverage/Benefits
  2. University Health Services (UHS)
    • University Mental Health (UMH)
  3. Faculty And Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

1. Student Health Program (SHP)
SHP is a comprehensive health insurance plan that Johns Hopkins provides for postdoctoral fellows. SHP is administered by the Employer Health Program (EHP 888-400-0091) and managed by the registrar's office. For enrollment and eligibility questions contact the benefit's desk at 410-614-3301 or email

All full-time postdoctoral fellows in the SOM, their spouses, and dependent children must be covered by health insurance. Fellows may waive coverage for their spouses and children if they are covered by an alternative plan that meets the minimum standards established by the SOM. You must submit a waiver form, which can be found on the student insurance page.

Postdoctoral fellows must enroll in SHP at the registrar's office within 30 days of starting at Hopkins.

Changes to enrollment may be made during the open enrollment period or as a result of a qualified if an application is made within 30 days of the life event.

The postdoctoral fellow and dependents are covered through the JHU SOM Student Health Program. 

The basics of your health insurance

Dental Insurance

All postdocs are automatically enrolled to receive dental insurance through CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Detailed plan information is available online through the SOM registrar's website. Click here to find a provider. This coverage is only provided for postdoctoral fellows and not to dependents.

Vision Benefits

 Postdoctoral fellows are allowed one free eye exam/contact lens evaluation per plan per year at the Wilmer Institute Comprehensive eye service included in the SHP. You may only use the Wilmer Institute Comprehensive eye service for this. You may make an appointment at one of the following locations:

    • Johns Hopkins Hospital (410-955-5080)
    • Greenspring station (410-583-2800)
    • Columbia (410-910-2330)
    • White Marsh (443-442-2020)
    • Bel Air (410-399-8443)
    • Bethesda (240-482-1100)

**  Ensure to identify yourself as a postdoctoral fellow when making the appointment. The Wilmer Institute Comprehensive Eye Service provides   

        the following discounts:

    • 25% off the regular retail price for all prescription eyeware frames, lenses, and lens treatments
    • 10% off all non-prescription sunglasses
    • 5% off a minimum purchase of 4 boxes of disposable or planned replacement contact lenses

Bills for routine eye exams/contact lens evaluations and an explanation of benefits should be forwarded to the UHS Benefits office (Blalock 144) for prompt payment by the office. 

Prescription Coverage/Benefits

Participants in the SHP are covered by Caremark Prescription Services. SHP in-network pharmacies are available online here. We have a 3 tier co-pay prescription plan summarized on page 6 here.

If you feel comfortable with a generic, never hesitate to ask your physician for a generic drug. Often the pharmacy can also provide information on the differences in these drugs. The Monument Street Pharmacy offers a $5 discount per visit if you show your SOM ID.

2. University Health Services (UHS)
UHS is the on campus clinic for students and postdoctoral fellows. UHS provides adult primary care medical services, including medical checkups, the evaluation and treatment of most acute and/or chronic medical conditions, annual exams, and age-appropriate immunizations. UHS does NOT provide the Hep B vaccine (which is only provided by Occupational & Environmental Health) or travel immunizations. These basic services are FREE for all postdoctoral fellows. However, you will be billed for laboratory or radiological exams. More information can be found here.

Individuals enrolled full-time in the SOM are required to enroll in UHS. The annual fee is paid by your preceptor. Dependent children are not eligible for UHS services, but spouses/same-sex domestic partners who are covered by SHP may also use UHS. UHS does not accept walk in appointments, but generally schedules appointments quickly. Current Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with evening hours on Tuesday and Thursday. To make appointment(s) call: 410-955-3250. UHS is located at 933 N. Wolfe Street, JHMI campus, East Baltimore. 

If you have an urgent health care problem after UHS is closed call the UHS physician on-call: 410-955-4331 or go to Patient First, which accepts EHP/SHP.

University Mental Health (UMH)

UMH is part of UHS and offers a confidential source for students, trainees, postdoctoral fellows and eligible spouses/same-sex domestic partners seeking mental health help for more serious mental health conditions than could be addressed by FASAP/JHSAP (see page 5 of the summary of health benefits).

If you feel that you need help for a mental health condition, the services at UMH are available to you as long as you are a full time SOM post-doctoral fellow. Spouses/domestic partners enrolled in SHP can also use UMH. The UMH program psychiatrists are full or part-time faculty members in the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry providing outpatient treatment. Based on the recommended treatment plan, you will be seen as many times as is medically necessary to be treated for your condition. Appointment wait times vary but may take up to 2 weeks. All Services are free and Confidential. Call for appointments or emergencies 410-955-1892.

3. Faculty And Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)
For faster access to a psychologist, help with work related conflicts, or an acute problem, contact FASAP - a counseling service available to all SOM postdoctoral fellows and their immediate family members. FASAP provides free and Confidential mental health services. FASAP services include identification, assessment and diagnosis of personal, family, school, and work-related problems, brief problem resolution and consultation, preventive and educational sessions, support and discussion groups, referrals to appropriate and accessible services and resources. To make or schedule an an appointment call 443-287-7000. You may use the 24 hour emergency number to call the psychiatric resident on call at 410-955-5964. FASAP is located at 550 N. Broadway, suite 507.