Dropbox at U-M

Dropbox at U-M is a secure, cloud-based storage option for storing all types of files and collaborating with colleagues inside and outside of U-M. All active Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and students can access Dropbox at U-M. 


Dropbox at U-M includes all of the core features you expect, with advanced security and productivity tools.

  • Core features: HIPAA-compliant file storage, anytime/anywhere access to files, secure sharing
  • Advanced data protection: version history and file recovery, advanced sharing permissions, password protection, granular permissions
  • Advanced productivity tools: Dropbox Paper, file locking, commenting, Dropbox badge

Need archival storage? Visit the U-M Data Storage Finder to see all options.

Sensitive Data with Dropbox

You may use Dropbox at U-M to maintain Protected Health Information (PHI) regulated by HIPAA. HIPAA compliance is a shared responsibility and you are expected to comply with all HIPAA requirements. 

  • Dropbox Paper may be used with PHI. The email notification issue was resolved in September 2021. 
  • You may use Michigan Medicine Microsoft 365 Online (Word for the web, etc.) to edit PHI stored in Dropbox. PHI cannot be stored or edited in U-M Google docs or U-M Microsoft 365 Online, though these integrations are available.

Dropbox Apps

The desktop app is available now for Michigan Medicine Core Windows workstations, click here for installation instructions. (Note: you must create your account by logging on to dropbox.umich.edu before using the desktop app.) 

Dropbox apps are also available for Mac (including Michigan Medicine Core Macs) Android, iPhone, and iPad in your app store, or from Dropbox.com/install