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Student Health

Student Health is a fully accredited multispecialty healthcare center located on campus to provide convenient access to doctors, nurses, pharmacy, lab, X-ray, physical therapy, eye care and dental care, to enable students to have a healthy and successful University experience. Some services are available at no cost (Advice Nurses, Social Workers, & Alcohol & Drug Counselors), while other care is covered by Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI), or available for a fee charged to the BARC account for students who have waived GHI.

To make an appointment or obtain Urgent Care services, students may either drop-in, call (805) 893-3371, or login to the Gateway on the Student Health website at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu. For specific information regarding fees, call (805) 893-8141. If you have health questions and would like information or need help scheduling an appointment, please call the Advice Nurse at (805) 893-7129. A 24/7 Nurseline is available at (800) 539-1387.

Medical Requirements

  1. 1. Starting Fall 2016, all incoming students are required to complete the vaccinations and tuberculosis screening noted in the University of California Immunization Requirements. We strongly urge you to have your immunizations up-to-date before you arrive at UCSB. Incoming students must complete this requirement through the confidential GATEWAY portal at the Student Health website at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/medical-services/immunization-information/university-immunization-requirements.   
  2. Tuberculosis tests (either blood test or skin test) within the prior 12 months are required for those who have a positive screening questionnaire (see above), and also for any graduate student admitted to the UCSB teaching credential program. Tests may be obtained at Student Health for a fee, and are covered by Gaucho Health Insurance.
  3. Pre-participation Athletic Physicals are required for all intercollegiate athletes, and must be completed at Student Health. These will be arranged by the Intercollegiate Athletics Department.

Medical Services For Enrolled Students

Student Health hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. We are located across from the Events Center, at the edge of Isla Vista, making it easy to access health care on campus. We have our own parking lot with plenty of student parking (C sticker required) as well as metered parking available. 

We offer full-service primary care as well as specialty care. The following are some of our services available: urgent care, same-day appointments, women’s health (including annual exams), internal medicine, psychiatry, orthopedics, dermatology, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, physical therapy, social work, immunizations, travel medicine, wart removal, HIV & STI testing, minor surgery, accutane therapy, eye and dental care, and health counseling (alcohol & drugs, nutrition, stress management, eating disorders, sexual health).  Injuries or illnesses which cannot be handled by Student Health will be referred to local specialty physicians and hospitals. To make an appointment, please call (805) 893-3371 or see more information at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu

In the event of an emergency, students should go directly to one of the local community hospitals. After hours care information is available on the Student Health website: http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/after-hours-care-9-15.pdf.  Students should expect to use their medical insurance to cover expenses. All costs incurred will be at the student’s expense. Be sure that you have adequate health insurance coverage. For information on university-sponsored health insurance, call the Student Health Insurance Office at (805) 893-2592. If you need emergency transportation, call the Campus Rescue Squad at 911 or 9-911. 

Required Health Insurance

The UC Regents require all registered students to be covered by major medical health insurance while attending UCSB, meeting minimum criteria set by the UC Office of the President. Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan, called Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI), unless they submit a waiver application and proof of comparable coverage, and are notified of it's approval. The waiver application must be submitted through the Student Health website before published deadlines: http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/gaucho-health-insurance/waiving-unwaiving-ghi.

Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI) provides a comprehensive health insurance plan that includes vision and dental coverage, and covers services at Student Health without additional charges. For students with approved waiver applications who do not have GHI, they may purchase at Gaucho Access Plan (GAP) to provide prepaid services at Student Health. Further information is at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/gaucho-health-insurance/waiving-unwaiving-ghi/gaucho-access-plan-(gap). For further information, call the Student Health Insurance Office at (805) 893-2592 or see the insurance section on the Student Health website: http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/home