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Health Issues

There are many health topics that we could have focused on in this website. The topics that have been included here represent the health problems that are some common causes of illness for Georgetown students, including the ones that are reported as impacting academics the most as reported by the National College Health Assessment (data collected from Georgetown students every other year). Also included are some less common but important issues that can have a major impact on students’ lives if they occur.

  • Health Issue - Topic - Stress, Anxiety & Depression Mini
    Stress, Anxiety & Depression
    Stress, anxiety and depression are common occurrences in college; ones that can interfere with daily life and your college experience. Find out more about their negative impact on academic performance and relationships and how you can combat these issues.
  • Colds, Flus and Sore Throats
    Colds, Flus & Sore Throats
    The common cold, flu and sore throats are typical yet irritating health issues that are prevalent among college campuses. Find out how to identify and treat these illnesses as quickly as possible.
  • Health Topic - COmmon Illnesses Mini
    Common Illnesses
    Getting sick happens more often in new surroundings and among the close proximity to people in college. Find out how to diagnose, treat and seek help for common illnesses such as allergies, mononucleosis, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Health Issue - Alcohol Mini
    Overview of Alcohol and Other Drugs
    Provided here is information about the health effects of these substances, how the body processes alcohol, and how to prevent excessive intoxication or alcohol poisoning.
  • Difficulty Sleeping
    Difficulty Sleeping
    Sleep is one of the major health issues for college students with half of all students reporting regularly reporting sleepiness during the day.Find out how lack of sleep and difficulty falling asleep negatively impacts your life and what you can do to get a better night's rest.
  • Health Issue - Extracurriculars Mini 1
    Extracurricular Activities
    Extracurricular activities can enrich and enhance your life, but remember that overcommitment can have a negative impact on your academics. Find out some healthy and balanced ways you can participate at Georgetown.
  • Homesickness Mini
    Homesickness
    Homesickness and loneliness are common issues on college campuses everywhere. Learn how to manage these feelings to make the most of your Georgetown experience.
  • Health Issue - Roomie/Relat Diff Mini
    Roommate & Relationship Difficulties
    One third of college student have problems with roommates and the same number report having relationship difficulties within a year. The issue impacts academics in 17% of students. Learn how to manage personal relationships and how to help others do the same.
  • SARV Mini
    Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence
    Georgetown University has a number of resources available for students who experience sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking. Learn the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault.
  • Sex Health Mini
    Sexual Health
    Sexual health is an incredibly important issue for today's colleges students. With 15 to 24 year-olds accounting for 48% of newly diagnosed STIs, it is especially important for college students to be educated. Learn how to best maintain the sexual health and how to deal with a possible sexual health issue.
  • Acute Illnesses Mini
    Acute Illnesses
    Acute illnesses are those that have a very rapid onset and, in many cases, can be serious. Find out how to prevent acquiring such an illness. Or, if you are already feeling sick, find out what illness your symptoms may be associated with, as well as treatments and available resources to help you feel better.
  • Mumps
    Mumps is a viral disease that is contagious. The mumps virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected respiratory secretions, which can be released through coughing or sneezing. Students who develop symptoms or who have questions or concerns should contact the Student Health Center at 202-687-2200 and select option 4.
  • Online Mental Health Screening
    Anonymous self-screen of the most prevalent mental health issues on campus, including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol use disorders.