Student Health Service
The mission of the Student Health Service (SHS) is to provide accessible and cost-effective quality medical care, enhance lifelong health and wellness, facilitate retention and graduation, and to reduce systematic health disparities for all registered students of SF State.
By providing accessible quality health care services, the SHS strives to create an environment for all students to learn the skills to manage their own health and become informed health care consumers.
The Student Health Service is next to the Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building, directly across the pathway from Burk Hall (education building) and east of the Student Services Building.
The SHS staff includes board certified physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, health educators, a nutritionist, a certified athletic trainer, an X-ray technologist, laboratory and support staff.
SHS adheres to the CSU Policy of the Board of Trustees on Student Health Services and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
Operating Hours – During the academic year, the Student Health Service is open during the following hours:
- Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday: 8:10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Limited services Wednesdays – 8:10 to 10:00 a.m. and daily 4:45 to 5:00 p.m.
Registered students can access a Nurse Advice Line via the SHS main phone number after the above listed SHS operating hours and on weekends and campus holidays.
Student Health Services is closed on official University holidays. For January, June, July, and August – Check SHS website for service hours at http://health.sfsu.edu.
- online appointments
- appointment cancellations
- lab and test results
Phone Cancellations: 415-338-1251, press “1”
Online cancellations: https://shs.sfsu.edu
Prescription refills: 415-338-1710 by phone or online at https://centralrefill.com/refill.php?s=531
International Health Insurance SHS email: email@example.com
Webmaster Email (to report broken links): firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergencies on campus: 415-338-2222
Emergencies off campus: 911
Web site: http://health.sfsu.edu
In the event of a life-threatening emergency on campus, contact the University Police Department at 338-2222. If a student is off-campus, he/she should dial 911.
All patient-related information, including medical records, is secure and confidential. Written consent must be obtained prior to the release of any SHS medical records, except when otherwise required by law.
Health services are offered to all students registered at a California State University campus that is supported by the Student Health Fee. These services include:
Urgent Care Services
Basic care for acute and sub acute conditions, illnesses, and injuries.
Primary Medical Services
Health care by appointment for medical and health concerns, ranging from basic treatment to care for patients with chronic health conditions.
Evaluation and treatment of gynecologic problems, contraceptive education, exams, and prescriptions; emergency contraception; evaluation and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and evaluation and referral following sexual assault.
Provides access to family planning services for men and women at NO COST to eligible and enrolled California residents. Eligible enrollees may receive women’s annual exams, birth control methods (including, but not limited to birth control pill, patch, implant, IUD, and condoms), and STI testing. Many SF State students are eligible for the Family PACT program and can enroll at the time of their first appointment at SHS.
Immunizations for the prevention and control of common communicable diseases.
Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter medications can be filled for a reasonable cost at the SHS Pharmacy. In addition, refills may be phoned in or requested online and picked up later at the SHS Pharmacy. http://health.sfsu.edu/content/pharmacy-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.
Health promotion, lifestyle and health assessment, patient education, and disease prevention programs.
Specialty Care Services
In addition to the above primary care services, the following specialty care services are available (for a nominal fee):
- Podiatry: evaluation of lower extremity alignment, fitting for custom orthotics and treatment of other foot problems
Students nearing graduation should seek alternate health care providers to ensure continuity of care. Limited care may be provided at the SHS for a brief period after graduation with a fee charged for these services. Family PACT services should be sought at Family PACT clinics in the community.
Care to Non-Students
First aid services are available to all SF State staff, faculty, and visitors. In addition, the SHS provides initial workers compensation evaluation for campus employees referred by their supervisor.
Volunteer Opportunities at SHS
SF State students can become involved with SHAC or PEACHes!
The Student Health Advisory Committee at San Francisco State is a student-run organization that makes recommendations in regards to student health services, programs, and fees. SHAC meets weekly for lunch and discussions at SHS. See SHAC website for more details. http://health.sfsu.edu/content/student-health-advisory-committee.
Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health Program trains students to act as Peer Health Educators. This job is challenging as well as rewarding. The Program trains and equips students pursuing a career in health care with the practical skills and expertise to become effective change agents among their peers and within the communities in which they live. See the SHS website for more info and a PEACH application.
The Student Health Service provides most of the basic health services which students will need while they are enrolled at the University. Students may also need to use community services such as specialty services and testing (e.g. MRI), emergency care, or care for acute illnesses or injuries when SHS is not open. For these reasons, CSU and SHS strongly encourage students to have health insurance.
Domestic Health Insurance
Many SF State students qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Affordable health insurance is available via Medi-Cal,and Covered CA (https://www.coveredca.com/) for California residents and Healthy SF for undocumented California residents.)
Domestic Students may choose to purchase the CSU Domestic Health Insurance plan at www.csuhealthlink.com
International Health Insurance
International students may purchase the CSU International Health Insurance plan at www.csuhealthlink.com
Please visit “Vaccinate before you graduate” web site for the CDC recommendations: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/index.html.
Meningococcal Disease Information: Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form to Housing indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.
Campus Information for Required Immunizations
Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment.
Measles and Rubella
All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment.
All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period.
Prospective SF State students should send their completed "proof of immunization form"1 of the REQUIRED immunizations to the Registrar s office BEFORE registration. The form can be downloaded at http://health.sfsu.edu/content/vaccinations-and-immunizations#Required-Immunizations.
If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar s Office at 415-338-2350.
Registrar s Office, SSB 101 (ONE-STOP)
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Immunization records are not saved by the Registrar. Remember to keep copies!