Along with all the good times and learning experiences that college has to offer, getting sick is an eventuality that can bring your education and social life to a halt if not treated.

For students at the University of Colorado, the answers to most of their medical needs can be found in one central place on campus: the Wardenburg Health Center.

Wardenburg Health Center

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday (Medical Clinic walk-ins and PHP only); closed Sunday

Phone: 303-492-5101


Here are some of the services available to students:

Medical Clinic

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday (walk-in only)

Location: Wardenburg, second floor

Phone: 303-492-5432


Wardenburg is home to more than a half-dozen clinics and departments with a variety of specialties, making the health center able to "cover pretty much everything in terms of primary care," said Heather Collis, marketing coordinator for Wardenburg.

These include a medical clinic which handles "illness and injury," along with "general immunizations, travel checkups and immunizations and allergy shots" as well as "men's health and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing," Collis said.

Wardenburg is also home to a testing laboratory, X-ray technology onsite and a full-service pharmacy.

Women's Health

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday

Location: Wardenburg, third floor

Phone: 303-492-0230


Women's health is handled, appropriately, by the Women's Health clinic. Services include "annual exams, HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccines, birth control and STI testing," as well as pregnancy testing, Collis said.

Sports Medicine

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday

Location: Wardenburg, first floor

Phone: 303-492-6280


The Sports Medicine department in Wardenburg offers "a mix of Eastern and Western" remedies that "really complement each other," including physical therapy, orthopedics, chiropractic services, acupuncture and massage therapy, said Andrea Barsch, a physical therapist and the department's manager.

A free service provided by Sports Medicine could save students a lot of time and money as they undertake recovery from a minor joint or muscle injury.

The Musculoskeletal Injury Clinic (MSK) is "a walk-in screening clinic" that is "free for all students, no matter what insurance they have," Barsch said.

For 15 minutes, the MSK examines students for injuries, then provides visitors advice on "how to fix the problem and who to see next to relieve the pain," if they can't nurse themselves back to health, she said. Though the clinic used to only perform exams on the extremities, starting this fall, it will also screen for spinal injuries.

Psychological Health

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday

Location: Wardenburg, first floor

Phone: 303-492-5654


Wardenburg's mental health clinic offers a wide range of services to help put students' minds at ease.

Some of these services include "individual, couples and group psychotherapy; psychological testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other general psychological testing; evaluation and treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse; and referrals to the community (outside of Wardenburg) as necessary," said Joe Courtney, manager of Psychological Health and Psychiatry at Wardenburg.

PHP also executes "medical withdraws for mental health reasons from the university," Courtney said. "If someone gets majorly depressed and can't function as a student," he said, "We work out the medical withdraw."

Community Health

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Location: University Memorial Center, Room 411

Phone: 303-492-2937


"We act as the health-promotion department," said Robin Kolble, manager of Community Health, a division of Wardenburg. "We're the public health part of campus."

Community Health tackles a number of health issues affecting students, such as "tobacco, sexual health, stress, sleep, nutrition, relationship issues, sex assault issues and alcohol," Kolble said.

To raise awareness about these issues, Community Health employs 12 peer educators, as well as 50 volunteers, to perform outreach efforts and present to students, groups and residence halls around campus.

One of Community Health's flagship programs is What Would You Do?, a "bystander intervention training" session for incoming students, Kolble said.

"What Would You Do? teaches students how to assess a situation and know when to intervene and how," she said. "We try to create in them the sense of a community of caring."

This bystander intervention-training program is administered to freshmen at orientation, and conducted in the residence halls the first six weeks of school. Now in its second year at CU, the training has, so far, been successful, Kolble said.

"Students really, really want to help others," she said. "We're trying to tell them how they can help, even in little ways, like helping someone who falls in the cafeteria."

Community Health is also a treasure trove of health items.

Cold care kits (packets containing items to ease the symptoms of a cold and help students feel better), tobacco quit kits (which contain aids and resources for students trying to quit smoking) and condoms are available for free in the department's office, Kolble said.

Another initiative by the department aims to help students nip sickness in the bud before it hits them. Community Health created signs around campus informing students, staff and faculty that washing or sanitizing your hands can kill nearly all of the germs you've encountered, diminishing the chances of illness.

"We try to educate students about hand-washing," Kolble said. "We want students not to get sick."