Health Issues

The topics included here represent common health concerns for college students, including those that students reported as impacting their academics in the National College Health Assessment (data collected from Georgetown students every other year). Also included here are some less common, but important issues that can have a significant impact on students’ health and well-being.

Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Stress, anxiety, and depression are not uncommon among college students. Find out more about these topic and campus resources for these concerns.

Colds, Flus & Sore Throats

The common cold, flu, and sore throats are common, yet irritating health issues that are very prevalent across college campuses. Find out how to prevent, identify, and treat these illnesses.


Click here to view the signs and symptoms of meningitis, important preventative measures, and on-campus health resources. Students experiencing symptoms should immediately call the Student Health Center at (202) 687-2200 or GERMS at (202) 687-4357.

Common Illnesses

Living in close proximity with others can increase your likelihood of getting sick. Find out how to diagnose, treat, and seek help for common illnesses such as allergies, MRSA, mono, and nausea/vomiting.

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

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.

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.


Though college is a time for new experiences and growth as an individual, you may experience loneliness or homesickness during your time at Georgetown. Here are some practical solutions to help you cope with these feelings.

Roommate and Relationship Difficulties

One third of college student have problems each year with roommates, and the same number report having relationship difficulties. The issue impacts academics in 17% of students. Learn how to manage personal relationships and how to help others do the same.

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.

Sexual Health

If you have questions or concerns about your sexual health, honest answers, support, and resources are available.

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 illnesses. Information about symptoms, treatments, and available resources are also included here.


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.