Health Resources

Campus Safety
Non-emergency: 301-696-3548
Emergency: 301-696-3111 or 911

    Hood College has a number of resources located on and off campus to help our community stay healthy and well. Contact Hood's Director of Wellness with any questions, 

    Although we are fortunate to be part of a welcoming, resource-rich campus like Hood, we know that a handful of students, especially those without a campus meal plan, struggle with food and resource insecurity from time to time. This is a campus initiative designed to support such students—both graduate and undergraduate.  The Campus Cupboard aims to provide modest food staples and hygiene items to students with temporary or long-term need via an anonymous system.

    If you are currently experiencing food insecurity, fill out our interest form or email our secure mailbox at

    Please note pantry support is based on availability and a first come, first served basis.

    The SHARE Food Network provides wholesome, nutritious foods to families and individuals at a reduced cost, promotes volunteer service, and builds partnerships with local community organizations. Every month, a new SHARE menu will be available. Everyone is welcome to purchase—no application, qualification, identification, or documentation required. A sample menu is 5lb. of chicken drumsticks, 1 lb. ground chicken and 1lb. boneless pork chops, plus 8-10 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for $23. EBT accepted.

    Hood College Health Services

    • The Hood College Health Center is located across from the Volpe Athletic Center at 501 W7th St Frederick, MD. 

    Hood College Counseling Services, 301-696-3103

    • Make an appointment online here.
    • Counseling services are available while classes are in session; Aug - May.  

    Dean of the Chapel: 301-696-3436

    • The Chapel is open daily for personal prayer and meditation. 
    • Other supports include:
      • spiritual counsel
      • grief support
      • stress relief and meditation
        • Mindful Mondays for Faculty/Staff are Monday afternoons 12:15 – 12:45 (email for the Zoom link)
        • Mindfulness Meditation on Thursdays 12:30 – 1 PM (email for Zoom link)

    Dean of Students: 301-696-3573

    • support and guidance for all undergraduate students
    • liaison between undergraduate students and faculty
    • campus referral

    Dean of the Graduate School: 301-696-3619 or

    • support and guidance for all graduate students
    • liaison between graduate students and faculty
    • resource referrals

    Student Success Center: 301-696-3569

    • academic advising assistance
    • tutoring services
    • success coaching
    • accessibility resources

    Domestic Violence

    • Call 800-779-7233
    • Unable to talk safely text LOVEIS to 22522 or log onto
    • Forensic Nursing Unit at Frederick Health Hospital - If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or violence, Frederick Health’s Forensic Nursing team offers private care in a safe place. Get in touch with our nursing team by calling 240-566-HELP (4357) to reach the forensic nurse on call. Watch this video to learn more about the forensic services available at Frederick Health Hospital. 


    All students are required to have health insurance.

    US Residents: If you need medical insurance and don't know where to begin, contact the Frederick Health Department. Medicaid (Medical Assistance) or QHP (Qualified Health Plan) caseworkers will assist you in making an account and completing the application process.

    Call 301-600-3124 for questions. Walk in hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 am-3 pm and Friday 8 am-12 pm. Please bring the following: 

    • Birth dates, Social Security or Tax ID numbers of all household members
    • Income information for all household members (you may be asked to provide your most recent paystubs and/or Tax Return)
    • Citizenship or Immigration status for all applicants (If you have a Permanent Resident or Employment Authorization card be sure to bring it)
    • Health care coverage information for any members covered by current Health Insurance
    • Verification of Birth if applying for a newborn

    Frederick County Health Department
    Health Care Connection Division
    350 Montevue Lane
    Frederick, MD 21702
    1st Floor, Entrance A, First door on the right


    International Students: All full-time international students must have adequate medical insurance coverage, either through an overseas student insurance plan or other international student insurance plan. 

    Below is a list of health insurance companies for international students. Hood College does not endorse any of the programs listed and students will need to purchase with their discretion. Our purpose is to provide you various health insurance program options which are available to you.

    International Student Insurance      

    Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

    ISO Insurance                                                                                

    Cultural Insurance Services International                                                               

    VISIT International Health Insurance         

    IMG Global                 

    General Health Education Resources

    Hood College Counseling Services:; 301-696-3103​

    • Counseling Services are located in the Apple Resource Building (attached to Whitaker) in room 8A on the first floor.
    • Counseling services are available while classes are in session; Aug - May. 
    • Counseling services are provided at no charge to Hood community members and are confidential. 

    Other Mental Health/Substance Abuse Resources

    • For mental health referrals in the community, community members can visit Advanced Behavioral Health  or Thriving Campus.
    • Call 211 - Nationwide Mental Health Hotline
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517

    Suicide Ideality

    • Call 911 or go to your nearest hospital
    • Call or text 988 - Nationwide Suicide Hotline

    Nutrition Education and Consultation:

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    Nutrition services include: 

    o   One-on-One Consultations

    o   A one hour session is $25, refunded at the end of the session with a $25 gift card to Giant.

    o   Held in nutritionist’s office at the Urbana Giant or Traville Giant in Rockville. By appointment only.

    On-Campus Nutrition Seminars

    o   As scheduled by the Director of Wellness, Amanda Dymek, or by group request.

    Group Store Tours

    o   Whether it be diabetes, heart health, or a plant-based diet, learn how to grocery shop with health and wellness on the mind.

    For more information email me at

    Hood College is a Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Campus

    Where to get assistance with smoking cessation:

    MDQUIT.ORG, 410-455-3628

    Frederick County Health Department, 301-600-1755

    Frederick Health Hospital, Smoking Cessation Program, 240-566-3622. To learn more contact Shanna Cline at 240-566-3622 or