The mission of the Student Health Service of Wake Forest University is to promote and maintain the health of the students attending the University by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning. This goal can be met by helping students obtain the skills necessary to remain healthy throughout life. The Health Service, in cooperation with other University and community resources, embraces a comprehensive approach involving health education, health maintenance, acute care, appropriate care of chronic illnesses, and referral assistance in order to achieve its mission. The result will be students who understand how to make informed decisions about their health and thus are able to be self-directed towards optimal wellness. The foundation of this mission is the staff whose concern and understanding for students is measured by its competence and dedication.