The mission of the Student Health Service (SHS) is to provide high quality medical care to all registered students of SFSU, promoting an optimal state of health and greater health awareness. As part of an institution of higher learning, the SHS contributes to the educational process by increasing students' knowledge of disease prevention and reinforcing their positive health behaviors.

The Student Health Service is built below ground adjacent to the Psychology Building, directly across from Burk Hall (education building). The SHS staff comprises physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical aides, pharmacists, health educators, health records technicians, optometrists, a nutritionist, x-ray and laboratory technologists, a rehabilitation specialist, as well as administrative and support staff, all of whom are available to assist students in learning and maintaining life-long health practices. The SHS is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)--acknowledging the health service's high standard of outpatient medical care and services.

Operating Hours. During the academic year, the Student Health Service is open during the following hours:


8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Appointments: 338-1719
Information: 338-1251
Web site:

The SHS is closed on official university holidays. In the event of a medical emergency on campus, contact the Department of Public Safety at x8-2222. If a student is off-campus, he/she can dial 911.

Confidentiality. All patient-related information, including medical records, is confidential and will not be released without a student's/patient's express written consent, except as required by law.

Services. Health care is offered to all enrolled students from any CSU campus. Due to the early publication of this Bulletin, fees for the following services have not yet been established:

Emergent and Urgent Care--Care for conditions needing immediate medical attention.

Primary Medical Services--Health care by appointment for the spectrum of medical and health concerns, ranging from evaluation and treatment of acute illnesses to care for patients with chronic health conditions.

Women's Services--Routine gynecologic care, including cancer screening, contraception (emergency contraception and other modalities), evaluation and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases, and menopausal health care. Also information, education, and counseling related to STDs, pregnancy, and sexual assault.

Immunization Services--Immunizations for the prevention and control of common communicable diseases.

Pharmacy--Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at a reasonable cost. Prescriptions from providers outside the Student Health Service may also be filled at the pharmacy, depending on availability of the prescription and other factors.

Nutrition Services--Individual appointments and group/classroom presentations on topics such as sports nutrition, weight management, eating disorders, vegetarian diet, nutrition assessment, and other nutrition-related topics.

Parenting Resource--Resources for students, faculty, and staff who are parents or who are interested in parenting.

Preventive Medicine--Health promotion, lifestyle and health assessment, patient education, and disease prevention programs.

Sports and Performing Arts Medicine--Evaluation and treatment of sports- and performing arts-related injuries and conditions in athletes, dancers, musicians, theater artists, and other performing artists.

Specialty Care Services. In addition to the above primary care services, the following specialty care services are available (with a fee): optometry, immunization, wellness, podiatry, allergy, men's health, and travel clinics; also, pre-employment and travel physicals.

Care to Graduated Students. For one year (twelve months) following graduation from SFSU, students may continue to utilize the SHS. They are required to pay $60 per visit plus any augmented fees.

Care to Non-Students. Emergency first aid services and referrals to community health facilities are available to all SFSU staff, faculty, and visitors. In addition, the SHS provides initial evaluation for work-related injuries for campus employees.

Health Insurance. Although the SHS may meet the majority of many students' health care needs, it is strongly recommended that students obtain health insurance for hospital or other care not available at the SHS (or for when the health service is closed). The university does not assume responsibility for payment of outside medical care including ambulance service. All international students (F-1 and J-1 visa holders) and all students living in student housing are required to have health insurance. Insurance for these categories of students may be purchased from the SHS cashier. For more information on obtaining health insurance, see the web site (

Athletic Injuries. 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 voluntarily participating in these activities assume the risks involved. Members of varsity athletic teams have supplemental insurance coverage for injuries received while participating in intercollegiate athletics. The team physician must authorize all treatment and expenses incurred. More information about the types and extent of medical coverage offered are available from the office of the Director of Athletics who administers the program.

Student Health Advisory Committee. The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a student-run organization that serves to represent student interests at the SHS and on campus, and to increase students' awareness of health issues. For more information, contact the SHAC staff adviser at (415) 338-2191.


All new and readmitted students born after January 1, 1957 will be notified of the requirement to present proof of measles and rubella immunity. All students 18 years of age or younger shall be required to present proof of immunization against hepatitis B. Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that he/she has received information about meningococcal disease, the availability of the vaccine to prevent one from contracting the disease, and whether or not he or she has chosen to receive the vaccination. These are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in the CSU. The university will institute a registration "hold" at the end of the first semester for all students who have not met the immunization requirement(s). Students are strongly encouraged to obtain proof of measles and rubella immunity prior to enrollment at SFSU. Proof of measles and rubella immunizations is also required for certain groups of enrolled students who have increased exposure to these diseases.

Proof of immunity should be submitted to the One Stop Student Services Center not the SHS. For students unable to obtain acceptable proof of immunity, the SHS provides measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine during scheduled immunization hours; the charge is $12. For more information, call the immunization information line at (415) 338-6000, x9090, or access the web site (