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.

Goals

  • 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

June 1, 2014 for new freshmen and transfer students

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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    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

Nutritionist's Nook
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    Dr. Rufus Bobcat August 1st, 2014

    Questions about what you should eat? Find out how you can make your diet healthier. Call the health center to make an appointment with our Registered Dietitian. Nutrition appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to read the nutritionist's newsletter.

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