Tuberculosis (TB) screenings are available at University Health Services. TB testing is available at our TB Testing Clinics, or by appointment. To schedule an appointment for a TB test, please call 734.487.1122. Please note that you will need to return in person 48 hours later to receive your TB skin test results.
The cost is $35, which is payable by cash, credit or student e-bill.
TB Screening Requirements for International Students:
Eastern Michigan University has implemented mandatory TB screening for international students arriving from high prevalence countries as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). This testing is done at UHS.
UHS, with assistance from the Office for International Students & Scholars, will be responsible for managing the mandatory TB screening program. To avoid any delays, please complete this TB screening if it is required for for you.
TB Testing Procedures:
- Come in to one of the TB clinics to get your TB test placed. The cost is $35.
- You will need to return in person for results in 48 hours.
- How do I know if I need a TB test?
- Am I required to be screened?
- Who identified the countries?
- What happens if my TB skin test is positive?
- What if I am diagnosed with TB infection?
- Will TB test results affect my student status?
- What is the cost of additional treatment?
- What if I had a BCG vaccine in my country? Do I still need to have TB Test?
- What if I have dual or multiple citizenships/nationalities?
- I can't come to a TB Testing Clinic. Can I make an appointment?
Eastern Michigan University requires international students from countries where TB is endemic to be screened for TB. This will identify individuals with TB disease (active TB) or latent (inactive) TB infection. Both TB disease and latent infection should be treated.
You must be screened for TB if you answer Yes to ALL of the following three questions:
- Are you an entering EMU international student with an F-1 or J-1 visa type?
- Did EMU issue your Form I-20 or DS-2019?
- Are you a citizen of one of the following countries (identified by the World Health Organization) according to your I-20 or DS-2019?
Countries Requiring TB Screening:
- Central African Republic
- China - including Hong Kong & Macau
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Papua New Guinea
- Russian Federation
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- United Republic of Tanzania
Please note: If you answered “No” to any of the above questions, but still wish to be screened, you are welcome to attend a TB Testing Clinic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) identified the countries, which together account for 80% of the world's TB cases. See the Stop TB Partnership website for a summary.
If the test is positive, a confirmatory blood test (QuantiFERON-TB Gold) will be done. If the QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test is also positive, a chest x-ray is required and the student will be referred to the Washtenaw County Health Department. WCHD will then determine whether the student has active or latent TB and will then develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Most people with a positive TB test have inactive, latent TB, which cannot be transmitted and does not cause symptoms. Treatment with antibiotics is recommended in order to prevent active TB. You can attend school normally. Active TB can be transmitted and is very serious, possibly causing permanent damage and even death. It is curable with appropriate medicine, and treatment with antibiotics is required. You will not be allowed to attend school until you have a release from your medical provider.
Having TB will not affect your student status. Students who have TB infection are not discriminated against in any way. Eastern Michigan University must report cases of active TB (not latent TB) to the Washtenaw County Health Department for investigation of possible transmission to others. Otherwise, health records at EMU are confidential and cannot be released without patient consent.
The cost of the confirmatory blood test, x-ray and treatment will be covered, per the schedule of benefits, under the Student Health Insurance policy. We encourage students who have a completed/approved student insurance waiver to verify coverage with their insurance company.
Many international students received BCG vaccine, which reduced their TB risk as children. However, BCG vaccine effectiveness declines with time. A TB test is still indicated for those who have previously received BCG.
Whether you must be screened for TB will be determined by your citizenship, as stated on your Form I-20 for F-1 students, and Form DS-2019 for J-1 students.
The best way to be sure you can get your TB test is to come to a TB Testing Clinic. New clinic dates are added throughout the semester, so make sure you check back often! A limited number of appointments may be available. If you absolutely cannot come to a clinic, please call 734.487.1122 to ask if any appointment dates are still available.