Your Healthcare at UCSF


Welcome new and continuing students for the 2012-13 academic year! Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) provides comprehensive primary care and mental health care at two clinics on campus, one at Parnassus and one at Mission Bay. SHCS also provides wellness-related workshops and programs across campus. These services are available to all registered UCSF students, regardless of whether they have waived the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). (Exception: A student who has applied for reduced fees as a ‘Student Employee’ does not have access to SHCS.)

UC SHIP covers healthcare services provided by non-Student Health practitioners and clinics, such as lab work, radiology tests, specialty care visits, emergency care, prescription benefits, and dental and vision care. All UCSF students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP unless an online waiver application is submitted and approved. Eligibility begins September 1st for graduate students and September 12th for all other students.

Scholars and researchers, students on filing fee or an approved leave of absence as well as dependents of enrolled students are eligible to apply and pay to receive UC SHIP benefits, which would also allow access to services provided by Student Health & Counseling. Please visit for eligibility details, limitations and enrollment applications.

** UC SHIP Member ID cards for all enrolled students will be mailed in September. In the meantime, you can download a Member ID card online. Visit for instructions. **


Student Health offers comprehensive primary care, urgent care, immunizations, physicals and annual examinations, mental health counseling, alcohol and drug consultations, nutrition services, travel consultations and will assist in coordinating your specialty care. SHCS is the first point of contact for students and enrollees and will help coordinate all your healthcare needs.

Services include:

  • Primary Care                                                            
  • Nutrition Services
  • Mental Health Counseling                                
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Physical & PAP Examinations                        
  • Lab Work and Diagnostic Test Referrals
  • Women’s Health                                                     
  • LGBTQ Health Care                           
  • Travel Health Appointments                           
  • Nursing Consultations
  • Couples Therapy                                                   
  • IUD Consultation & Insertion
  • Immunizations                                                         
  • TB Screening                      
  • Insurance Advice                                                   
  • Specialty Care Coordination
  • Medical Records Administration                   
  • Discounted Condoms & Thermometers
  • Mental Health Crisis Line                                   
  • Urgent Care
  • Emergency Contraception                              
  • Online Self-Care Resources
  • Wellness Programs                                              
  • Cooking Classes (Nutrition Programming)

These services are available to all registered UCSF students, regardless of whether they have waived the UC SHIP. For details on services please visit:

**Please note, there may be a fee for some services if you have waived UC SHIP, and those students classified as a ‘Student Employee’ do not have access to Student Health & Counseling Services.**

Counseling and Psychological Services

SHCS offers short-term mental health counseling at both Parnassus and Mission Bay clinics for all registered students and enrollees. To schedule an appointment at SHCS, call or visit Student Health and ask to speak to a nurse about mental health appointments.

If additional therapy or long-term therapy is required, enrollees will be referred to a therapist outside of SHCS. For those covered under the UC SHIP, visits with an in-network provider are covered 100% after a $15 co-pay. Out-of-network providers are covered at 60% after the $200 annual deductible.

SHCS also offers an after-hours mental health crisis and counseling hotline. Contracted therapists provide telephone intake, assessment and crisis counseling services during non-working hours Monday through Friday and 24 hours on holidays and weekends. To connect with a therapist, call SHCS at (415) 476-1281 and select option 7.

Wellness Programs and Outreach

SHCS offers programs every quarter for all registered students and enrollees. Wellness Programs and Outreach includes workshops, lectures, small group series discussion and health education to improve health and promote personal success.

This fall programming includes BENT for LGBTQQI, Students of Color, Self-Care 101, Are you Burned Out?, Our Identities, Ourselves: A Workshop for Women, Simmer Cooking Class, Healthy Steps, Nutrition for Women, Food for Thought Webinar and Sex Talk. Visit for updates and the Fall quarter calendar.


All medically necessary primary care, specialty care, hospital stays, physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care, prescriptions, lab tests, radiology services and more are covered by the plan if medically necessary and authorized by a SHCS provider.

SHCS is the primary care clinic for registered students and enrollees and will assist you in coordinating any medically necessary specialty care. 

For a complete summary of the UC SHIP benefits, please visit the Student Health and Counseling website: