Our Mission

What we do

Student Health Services provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray. We have primary care physicians who are board certified in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Some of our physicians also have additional training and expertise in Gynecology, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Urgent Care, and Mental/Behavioral Health.

Our health promotion and disease prevention programs encourage all students to develop positive health behaviors now and for the future.

We are proud to be accredited by the AAAHC (American Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.) since 1995. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, health educators, and other medical professionals are committed to helping students maintain healthy lifestyles. 

Read about how your medical information may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information at the HIPAA Guidelines link.

Our mission statement

The UCSD Student Health Services mission is to facilitate the retention, academic advancement and graduation of students by maintaining their maximum health and wellness.


  • Provide accessible and timely primary care that is personalized, confidential, cost effective and meets the high standards of the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.
  • Educate our students, emphasizing health promotion, healthy life styles, and lifelong disease prevention.
  • Assist the campus community in providing a supportive environment for students to pursue personal wellness.

Prevention Priorities

  • Prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.
  • Prevent infectious and communicable diseases.
  • Prevent unintended pregnancies.
  • Reduce tobacco use.
  • Reduce alcohol use, especially among minors.
  • Reduce other substance abuse.
  • Reduce injuries.
  • Promote fitness, nutrition and weight control.
  • Promote immunization and routine health maintenance evaluations.

Maintaining Wellness

Attending UCSD is about more than just taking academic courses.  While your intellect is being broadened and developed, it is important that you nurture your physical and mental health to maintain balance and wellness.

Be physically active.

Structure your time so that you have at least 30 minutes per day for recreational activity.  This will help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your physical and emotional well-being, and reduce tension.  The UCSD campus has numerous athletic facilities for student use, including RIMAC, a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Remember, when exercising outdoors, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Eat well.

Always have breakfast, and eat foods that are low in fat.  Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources (breads, cereals, rice, pasta or beans), and select five more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Remember to take time to socialize and relax with others during your meals.

Reduce stress.

Be sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.  If you find yourself in a stressful situation, ask others how you can best manage it.  Get involved in student organizations, clubs and activities available on campus.  Maintain your sense of humor.  Understand how others impact your mental and emotional health.  Discuss your feelings with others, including family, friends and health professionals at Student Health, or at Psychological & Counseling Services where services are free and confidential.

Maintain high self esteem.

Make intelligent choices and take responsibility for your health.  Focus on developing friendships.  There are numerous social and volunteer activities available at UCSD.  Participate and broaden your experiences while increasing feelings of self-worth and creating new friendships.

Don't smoke.

Smokers have three times greater chance of dying from heart disease and 25 times greater chance of developing lung cancer.  Smokers suffer from an increased incidence of asthma, allergy and sinus disease, sleep disturbances, stomach problems, and numerous other diseases.  If you are a current smoker, contact the Student Health Services for assistance in quitting.

Don't use drugs and avoid alcohol.

The greatest risk to your life is related to the use of drugs or alcohol, which impede judgement and motor skills.  50% of all driving fatalities are attributed to alcohol use.  Being under the influence of these substances may also put you at risk for an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.  Psychological & Counseling Services can help you change your behavior.