Privatization of Student Health Centers

Topics: Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs


The provision of student health services poses a significant financial burden to institutions; some universities seek cost savings through the privatization of student health centers. This report examines outsourcing arrangements at six institutions, exploring the partner selection process, terms of contractual arrangements, and institutional outcomes.

Research Questions

  • What motivates institutions to outsource student health services?
  • How do institutions select contracting partners, and what are the terms of contractual agreements?
  • What outcomes do institutions experience after privatizing student health services?