STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE
The Student Health Service provides a variety of outpatient services to students and
participates in their educational process by increasing their ability to establish good
health practices and prevent disease. Services are integrated with other campus
departments and community facilities. Students may visit the health center for help with
any medical or personal problem. All information is confidential and will not be released
without the student's written permission except as required by law.
Enrolled students at any CSU campus are entitled to use the Student Health Service for
basic care, which is supported by the Student Health Service Fee each semester. These
services are for the care of acute and subacute conditions, illnesses, and injuries rather
than comprehensive medical care for major problems. Laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, and
health education services are available. Additional services include:
Women's Services includes evaluation and treatment of gynecologic problems,
contraceptive education, examinations, and prescriptions.
Pharmacy--prescriptions as well as medications sold over-the-counter are available at
Immunizations for the prevention and control of some communicable diseases.
Nutritional Counseling regarding weight control, special diets, athletes, heart health,
Preventive Medicine provides health education, lifestyle and health assessment, disease
prevention, and health promotion programs.
Cold and Allergy Clinic helps students learn to assess the difference between common
cold and allergy symptoms, and those indicating more complicated disease.
Health Resource Center with lending library of books, articles, information files, and
brochures on a variety of health issues.
Psychiatric Services on a limited basis for the diagnosis of mental health problems and
the medical management of medications.
Sports and Performing Arts Medicine Clinic provides care for sports injuries, artists, and
musicians, including acute medical problems and rehabilitation services.
These health care services are elective in nature and are not required for the care and
treatment of acute illnesses and injuries. Fees are charged for some services, which may
include physical examinations, elective immunization for overseas travel, colposcopy for
gynecologic cancer detection, pap tests, allergy injections, optometry examinations,
laboratory tests performed off-campus, and services during the summer.
The Student Health Service is open Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
during the academic year; Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Thursday and
Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Only emergencies are treated from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00
p.m., and from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. The center is closed on official university holidays. In case
of emergency, contact the Department of Public Safety at 338-2222.
Care to Non-Students
Emergency first aid services as well as advice and referrals to community health facilities
are available to all San Francisco State University staff, faculty, and visitors.
A supplementary insurance plan is available to all students through Associated Students
in the Student Union (338-2321). This plan provides health insurance coverage for serious
illnesses and accidents that may require hospitalization. All students who do not have
insurance coverage on their own, with their family, or through their employer should avail
themselves of this relatively inexpensive insurance plan. Health insurance coverage is
MANDATORY for all international students and scholars currently attending SFSU on an F1
or J1 visa and for all students residing in residence halls. International students must
provide proof of comparable insurance coverage, or may purchase a policy designed
specifically for them at the Student Health Center, where hours for insurance clearance
The State of California, the university, and the Associated Students do not assume or
acknowledge responsibility for injuries to students incurred during participation in athletic
training, competition, or other activities. Students participate in these activities voluntarily
and assume the risks involved. Members of varsity athletic teams are covered for injuries
received while participating in intercollegiate athletics; the team physician must
authorize all treatment and expenses incurred. Further details regarding the type and
extent of medical coverage offered are available from the office of the Director of
Athletics who administers the program.
Phone 338-1251 or TTY 338-2564 in the Student Health Service for further information about
services and fee schedules, or 338-1719 for scheduling an appointment.
All new and readmitted students born after January 1, 1957 will be notified of the
requirement to present proof of measles and rubella immunizations. This is not an
admission requirement, but shall be required of students by the beginning of the second
term of enrollment in the CSU. Proof of measles and rubella immunizations shall also be
required for certain groups of enrolled students who have increased exposure to these
Persons subject to these health screening provisions include:
The Student Health Center shall provide immunizations without cost to those students
unable to obtain acceptable proof of immunizations. For more information, call the
Student Health Center at 338-6000, x9090.
- New students enrolling Fall 1986 and later;
- Readmitted students reenrolling Fall 1986 and later;
- Students who reside in campus residence halls;
- Students who obtained their primary and secondary schooling outside the United States;
- Students enrolled in dietetics, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, and any
practicum, student teaching, or field work involving preschool-age children, school-age
children, or taking place in a hospital or health care setting.