Physical Health

Physical wellness recognizes that our daily habits and behaviors have an impact on our overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Explore resources for health insurance, health care, physical fitness, and nutrition.

Health Insurance

All Oregon State students are strongly encouraged to have some form of health insurance. 

Health insurance is a contract that requires your health insurer to pay some or all of your health care costs in exchange for a premium. 

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Domestic Students

Although not required for domestic students, OSU encourages students to seek health insurance so that they can live their healthiest lives. 

International Students

International students must purchase OSU's health insurance or show a record of similar coverage and request a waiver. International students are automatically enrolled in OSU's health insurance and the charge is billed to the student account. Find out more about international student health insurance through OSU.

Medicaid: Oregon Health Plan

Did you know that more than 40% of OSU-Cascades students are eligible for Medicaid? Open enrollment is ongoing and you can apply at any time. Apply to the Oregon Health Plan.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is from November 1 to January 15th, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, in which case you have 60 days from loss of coverage to enroll in a plan. Marketplace products are not reviewed, sponsored, or endorsed by Oregon State University. Learn more.

OSU Health Insurance 

Learn more about the option to enroll in the Oregon State University Health Insurance Plan from Pacific Source

Find out more about domestic health insurance and international student health insurance through OSU.

Need Help?

Understanding health insurance can be frustrating.

  • Understanding your insurance needs.
  • Learning which plans are best for you.
  • Application Assistance.
  • Answering your questions.

Contact Us

OSU Student Health Insurance Plan office

Phone: (541) 737-6748

  • Available remotely Monday – Friday
  • Closed holidays




On-Campus Resources

  • Advice from a Registered Nurse is available by phone 24 hours a day for OSU students. Call 541-737-9355. Please identify yourself as an OSU-Cascades student when you call.
  • Cascades Adventures Cascades Adventures aims to provide enriching experiences for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. This program provides students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, outings, programs and workshops. The office also offers inexpensive gear rentals, an adventure-based reference library, and discounted ski passes.
  • Fitness Center Located on the ground floor of the Residence Hall, the Fitness Center is open to OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff. Student attendants are present in the Fitness Center, and can help with proper body mechanics and injury prevention.

Off-Campus Resources

  • Downtown Health Center, (541) 322-7499 - A reproductive health clinic operated by Deschutes County Public Health, offering many free or low-cost services, including a mobile health clinic that visits OSU-Cascades twice a month!
  • Healthy Families of the High Desert, (541) 749-2133, Healthy start program that assists with giving their newborn children a “healthy start” in life.
  • Mosaic Community Health, Mosaic offers comprehensive services including medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, nutrition, and more. Mosaic offers care to all patients, regardless of insurance status. They also have a team of insurance enrollment specialists to assist with insurance questions and access, including helping patients sign up for Oregon Health Plan (OHP). 
  • Planned Parenthood, Bend Health Center, (888) 875-7820, Offers Abortion Services, Birth Control, HIV Testing, Men's Health Care, Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception), Pregnancy Testing & Services, STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines, Women's health care.
  • Summit Health Clinic, providing primary, specialty, and urgent care in Bend and Redmond.