UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Student Health

Student registration/health fees support some services, but there are still additional charges for these services. To make an appointment, please call (805) 893-3371. 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.

Medical Requirements

  1. Physicals are required for all intercollegiate athletes and must be completed at Student Health.  
  2. Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests are required for those admitted to the UCSB teaching credential program and for those identified as international students by their visa status. Tests may be obtained at Student Health for a fee.
  3. State law requires the Hepatitis B vaccination series be complete by the time of enrollment if you are 18 years of age or younger. The vaccination series requires three injections over a period of four to six months. If you have not already completed the full series, it is important that you see your local health care provider now to complete this requirement.

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 Event Center, between the residence halls and 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 limited specialty care. The following are some of our services available: urgent care, same-day appointments, women’s health (including annual exams), internal medicine, psychiatry, rheumatology, orthopedics, dermatology, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, physical therapy, allergy shots, social work, immunizations, travel medicine, wart removal, HIV testing, minor surgery, accutane therapy, and health counseling (alcohol & drugs, nutrition, stress management, eating disorders, sexual health). To make an appointment, please call (805) 893-3371.

Eye and/or dental care are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please call these two clinics directly for fee information and appointments: Dental: (805) 893-2891; Eye: (805) 893-3170.

In the event of an emergency, students should go directly to one of the local community hospitals. 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 9-911. There is a charge for this service.

Important Note: Student Health is not equipped to handle life-threatening emergencies and does not provide complete 24-hour coverage. It also does not provide specialty care in many areas. Therefore, any accidents or illnesses which cannot be handled by Student Health will be referred to local hospitals, facilities, or physicians.

Educational Services

To help students succeed at UCSB, Health Education offers a variety of services including academic classes, internships, professional counseling and professional health educators. We offer group presentations and free individual confidential information and/or counseling, addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; eating disorders; nutrition; relationships; sexual health and stress management. Students who complete training may apply for internships. For detailed information on Health Education Services, call (805) 893-2630.

Student Health Insurance Plan

(SHIP - Undergraduate)

The UC Regents require all registered students to be covered by major medical health insurance while attending school. Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they complete a waiver form that provides proof of comparable coverage. The waiver form must be submitted each year by the specified deadline. Unless a waiver is granted, students are charged a SHIP fee as part of their registration.

SHIP provides a complete health-care package when combined with the services available through on-campus Student Health.

SHIP is portable, meaning students receive excellent coverage whether they are on campus, at home, or travelling. (On-campus Student Health provides health care to registered students whether they are enrolled in SHIP or have been granted a waiver.) Insurance premiums are non-refundable to students who withdraw from the university; coverage continues through the end of the quarter. Students may appeal to have an insurance payment refunded by contacting Student Health directly.

For further information, call Student Health at 893-2592 to speak with an insurance advisor. Web site: http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/.

Student Health Insurance Plan

(SHIP - Graduate)

All graduate students are assessed a quarterly fee for mandatory Student Health Insurance (SHIP).

The fee is paid by the appointing department or unit for Teaching Assistants, Teaching Associates, Readers, Tutors/Remedial Tutors, and Graduate Student Researchers, who are appointed 25% time (10 hours per week) or more.

All other graduate students must either pay the fee or waive out of the plan by showing proof of comparable coverage under another insurance policy.

The university student health insurance policy provides year-round and world-wide coverage. Insurance premiums are non-refundable to students who withdraw from the university; coverage continues through the end of the quarter. Students may appeal to have an insurance payment refunded by contacting Student Health directly. Contact the Student Health Service Insurance Office for details regarding coverage. Telephone: (805) 893-2592.