All incoming students to Johns Hopkins University are required to meet certain health requirements prior to attending. These requirements include proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases, in accordance with immunization guidelines of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Proof of immunity can be demonstrated by health care provider verification of the dates of the vaccinations and/or by laboratory evidence of antibody blood titer tests demonstrating immunity.
Failure to comply with the pre-entrance health requirements prior to your arrival on campus will block you from adding or dropping classes, interrupt your orientation and may result in a $100 health form completion fee.
Pre-entrance health requirements must be completed by the following dates:
Fall admission: July 15
Spring admission: January 15
Post-doctoral fellows: One month prior to the start of your appointment
Completing the Pre-Entrance Health Requirements
All incoming students must:
- Complete a paper PDF Document: pre-entrance health form (PDF)
- If you’re a post-doctoral fellow, please complete the PDF Document: Post-Doctoral Health Form (PDF)
- Complete three online forms via the Pyramed Health WebPortal for verification purposes
Please carefully follow these instructions in the order outlined to complete the pre-health requirements and ensure your records are processed without delay.
Mandatory Immunization Requirements
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Two doses, with the first dose being administered after 12 months of age.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for adults
Must be given within the last 10 years. Td (tetanus-diphtheria) does not satisfy this requirement.
Under Maryland law, students enrolled in a Maryland institution of higher education who reside in on-campus student housing are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease or sign a waiver declining the vaccination. One dose of the 4-valent (ACYW) meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required after age 16 or you must sign the waiver. Only the 4-valent conjugate vaccine is acceptable.
Tuberculosis Screening (if applicable)
If applicable, screening must be received within the 6 months prior to your arrival on campus. View a list of countries (PDF) with a high incidence rate of tuberculosis.
Religious Exemption Request
All requests for religious exemptions/accommodations must be submitted through the Office of Institutional Equity.
All athletes are still required to complete the SHWC pre-entrance health forms and comply with all requirements even if they have already submitted health related information to the athletics department.
Please read the 2016 Parent-Student Welcome Letter from the Director of SHWC, Roanna Kessler