Rising to Meet the Challenges of COVID-19

As Howard University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we have committed to using our resources to address the challenges we face as a nation and around the world. 

Providing Health Screenings and Testing for the Community

The Howard University Faculty Practice Plan began offering free coronavirus testing at its Benning Road Clinic in early May. A second COVID-19 testing facility opened at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church to provide expanded access to free testing to residents in Ward 7 and 8, where testing is needed the most.

In August 2020, the Howard University College of Medicine partnered with the District of Columbia Housing Authority to provide general health screenings and COVID-19 testing. 

Offering Psychological First Aid

In November 2020, the Howard University Department of Psychiatry announced the COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Project, a partnership with the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health. The project provides education and short-term psychological support to frontline health care practitioners and D.C. residents.

Sending More Doctors to ER Residency Programs than Ever

In May, The Howard University College of Medicine announced 16 graduates matching into emergency programs for residencies – more than any other year. In addition, 10 soon-to-be Howard-educated doctors  matched into family medicine, and eight into internal medicine – other hospital residency programs seen as critical in the fight against the coronavirus. In total, the College of Medicine conferred 102 degrees to the class of 2020.


Do your part. Get vaccinated.

Howard University's response to COVID-19 is framed around the following guiding principles:

Howard University will make decisions guided primarily by considerations for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

Decisions about health and safety made by the University in the context of COVID-19 will be evidence-based and data-driven where data is available.

Howard University will continue to deliver an exceptional education and optimal services, within the unavoidable constraints of the COVID-19 response.

Howard University will be transparent when communicating to our entire University body and our community.