Health Services

Student Health Services

The mission of the Student Health Services (SHS) is to keep students healthy so they can succeed academically. Being healthy is the foundation of their academic success. SHS is here for you not just when you’re sick, but also to help your mind and body thrive! Our healthcare providers and staff really care about your well-being.

Student Health Services offers a range of services to support your student as they pursue their academic and extracurricular programs at UCSC. Routine medical appointments are available throughout the year for care of acute and chronic illness, women’s health care, and health clearances for sports or travel. If your student has a chronic medical condition, or significant medical history, please consider having them schedule an appointment in order to establish care at the health center. If your student has a medical condition currently under treatment, please have your student provide a summary letter from their doctor at home. For more information on services provided by the health center, please visit the Health Center website.

Students see us when they (what the health center can do for them):

?      are sick or injured

?      need immunizations and wellness care

?      want contraception and family planning

?      have mental health concerns

?      want a full service pharmacy for prescriptions

?      need on-site lab tests or X-rays

?      want a vision exam

?      are seeking help with special needs or complex health questions

?      want to learn about health insurance


What are the healthcare requirements for new students?

Students on campus must meet three important health requirements. You must submit proof of:

  1. Immunizations

  2. Tuberculosis Risk screening

  3. Health insurance

In addition, if you’ll be under 18 when you arrive on campus, you and your parents will need to complete a Consent for the Treatment of a Minor form.

These requirements are not optional. If you don’t take care of them, you won’t be allowed to attend classes (a hold on registration). You might end up paying extra money.

Student Health Insurance: Insurance Requirement

The University of California mandates that all students be covered by a health insurance plan. All undergraduate and graduate students are automatically enrolled in the University of California sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) unless you choose to submit an insurance waiver showing proof of comparable coverage.

Requirements: Immunizations and TB Screening

The University of California regents require all students on all UC Campuses to have certain vaccinations. The required vaccinations prevent serious diseases that spread easily. Vaccinations protect your health and the health of our UCSC community. Here is a link to the University of California’s memo on the mandatory insurance vaccination and screening policy.

All students also need screening for tuberculosis (TB). These requirements are all part of our commitment to keeping you and our UCSC community free of communicable diseases.

When a student has all their immunizations and has completed  the TB screening, they’re considered “compliant” with the requirements. If you don’t meet these requirements, you will be prevented from registering for classes. There are no exceptions except medical exemptions. Learn more about the UC medical exemption policy here.

Health Insurance—Choosing a Health Insurance Option

For most students, UC SHIP is the easiest and most affordable option. There’s no sign-up paperwork and no need to leave campus when you’re sick. See these short videos and infographic for more information.

If UC SHIP. What’s the next step? No action is needed. We’ll automatically enroll students. When the quarter starts, we'll send UC SHIP information to their MyUCSC portal.

If own insurance. What’s the next step? Choosing to use private insurance is more complex. The student will need to complete: 1) a waiver worksheet, and 2) the online waiver. This is extremely important! Without a completed waiver, the student will be billed for UC SHIP. The waiver is also where they sign up for CruzCare. To get started:

  1. Watch this video about how to complete the waiver and get CruzCare. [Video will be ready soon.]

  2. Read the waiver FAQs here

  3. Complete the waiver worksheet here

  4. Complete and submit the online waiver

After the student submits the online waiver, our waiver partner, Academic HealthPlans, will review the waiver. They’ll let the student know if there are any issues with their private insurance plan.

Additional information: Glossary of Insurance Terms (references UC SHIP but the terms apply to all insurance plans)