Our Mission & Goals

The mission of the Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at the university. Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.


    • Provide accessible, timely primary care that is personalized, confidential and cost-effective.
    • Educate students, emphasizing health promotion, healthy lifestyles, and lifelong disease prevention.
    • Promote a campus community that provides a supportive environment for students to pursue personal wellness.
    • Foster an environment to teach life-long learning skills to students to be active participants in their health and wellness.

Prevention Priorities

    • Prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.
    • Prevent infectious and communicable diseases.
    • Prevent unintended pregnancies.
    • Reduce tobacco use.
    • Reduce alcohol use, especially among minors.
    • Reduce other substance abuse.
    • Reduce injuries.
    • Promote fitness, nutrition and weight control.
    • Promote immunization and routine health maintenance evaluations.

New Student Checklist

Fill out your health waiver

Starting December 1, 2014

Learn more about completing your health waiver.

First-aid kit

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Bring a first aid kit, including a thermometer. Remember, once on campus, Health Services is available to all registered students, regardless of health insurance coverage.

Health Insurance Coverage

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If you are covered under a health insurance plan other than the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), carry your insurance card at all times.

Health Summary

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Bring a health summary from your health care provider if you have chronic health problems (such as asthma or diabetes). This helps our staff provide you with the best possible care. We also suggest you make an appointment to establish care with a provider before you become ill if you have ongoing health needs.

Immunization Records

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Document your childhood/young adult immunizations at http://myhealth.ucmerced.edu. Bring a copy of your immunization record(s) with you to campus and to your first appointment at Health Services.

Immunization Requirements

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UC Merced Health Services has adopted the recommended immunizations of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA).

Prescription Medications

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Bring enough of your ongoing medications for the first month of school, and bring a copy of the prescription with you. Plan ahead for refills.

TB Screening

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New students should be tested for TB within 6 months of coming to campus and provide that information at http://myhealth.ucmerced.edu. Students will be required to complete an annual TB questionnaire.

Schedule an appointment

Give us a call at 209-228-2273 to schedule your appointment today.

Clinician's Corner
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    February 9th, 2015 Did you know that nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people aged 15 to 24?

    Here are the best ways to prevent an STD:

    1) Abstinence- the only 100% guaranteed method (ie no vaginal, rectal or oral intercourse)

    2) Get tested- be sure you know you and your partner’s status before having sex. Appointments are free at the student health center. Anonymous Rapid HIV testing is offered at the student health center, results are confidential and testing is free. It is recommended to get tested annually if you are sexually active.

    3) Get vaccinated: Vaccines are a safe, effective and recommended way to prevent HPV and Hepatitis B. HPV vaccination will help protect against cervical cancer and genital warts. Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended if you were not previously vaccinated. Be sure to bring a copy of your immunization record to the health center to see if you are up to date.

    4) Use condoms: Use them correctly and every time you have sex. Condoms are the only form of birth control that protect against STDs. Remember to use condoms for all forms of sexual contact, including rectal and oral intercourse. They are even available for free from the Health Educator located at KL 117. Be sure to like the HEROES facebook page at www.facebook.com/UCMHEROES for more information.

    5) Practice monogamy: Being in a mutually monogamous long term relationship is another good way to prevent STDs.

    6) Limit your number of sexual partners: Reducing your number of partners can reduce your risk of STDs. Your risk of getting an STD goes up with the number of partners you have.

    Make an appointment at the student health center for more information and testing: 209-228-2273

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    It’s Time to Get Moving! December 12th, 2014

    If you aren’t already engaging in a regular exercise regimen the upcoming semester break is the perfect opportunity to start. The benefits of exercise are numerous and varied. Regular exercise has been shown to lower the risk of many chronic illnesses including different types of cancers and diseases, prevent weight gain and aid in weight loss (combined with a healthy diet), contribute to improved fitness, reduce levels of depression, and contribute to better cognitive function and improved quality of sleep.

    It is recommended that each week adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity (30 minutes, 5 days per week) or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity.

    How do you know if you are getting quality exercise? If you are getting adequate exercise you SHOULD experience breathlessness, fatigue and sweating. It should be physically challenging! This means that for many students, the walk from your car to your class is not adequate exercise. What is the best type of exercise? The best type of exercise is one that you enjoy. Some examples include brisk walking, dancing, bicycling, jogging, strength training, or group fitness classes. Check out the facilities at the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, which provides group fitness classes, exercise equipment, personal training, and intramural sports.

    Incorporate regular exercise into your schedule as part of your New Years Resolutions!

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    November 4th, 2014 How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

    Sleep is often the first thing that busy students squeeze out of their schedules. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and teens need 9 hours or more. Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy, boosts your brain power, and improves your mood. These 10 strategies can help you sleep better:
    • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
    • Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends.
    • Use the hour before bed for quiet time.
    • Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime.
    • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine including soda, coffee, tea and chocolate before bedtime.
    • Spend time outside every day.
    • Exercise most days of the week, exercise early in the day.
    • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark.
    • Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed.
    • Limit day time napping.

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    Stay Healthy This Flu Season September 3rd, 2014

    Flu season is approaching and we want everyone to be prepared. What is influenza (also called flu)? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Please refer to our website for flu information and answers to commonly asked questions. Please consider coming to one of our weekly flu vaccination clinics to receive this year’s flu shot! Learn more about influenza.

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    September 18th, 2014 Blood Drive

    Give the ultimate gift by donating a life-saving pint of blood. Students, staff and faculty members are encouraged to donate blood on September 18th at UC Merced Student Health Services’ summer campus blood drive. The blood drive will be hosted in the BloodSource bloodmobile parked on Scholar’s Lane adjacent to the Dining Center starting at 9 am with the last donor taken around 3:30 pm. You must be a minimum of 110 pounds and generally healthy to donate. Please remember to eat & drink plenty of fluids before you give. Also, please bring photo ID.

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    Dr. Rufus Bobcat August 1st, 2014

    Rufus would like to warmly welcome all new and returning students to Health Service's new website. The Student Health Services team looks forward to helping each of you strive for your maximum physical and emotional health while you pursue both your academic and personal goals at the university. Please contact us with any feedback or suggestions at: health@ucmerced.edu

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