Your First Stop for Care

What You Need to Know

When you’re covered by UC SHIP, Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides your primary care and coordinates any additional medical care you might need.

Start at SHCS

As the outpatient student health center on the UCSF campus, SHCS provides outpatient medical, preventive care, pharmacy, and mental health and substance use disorder services. It’s staffed with board-certified physicians, certified nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, all of whom are experts in meeting student health care needs.

To be covered by UC SHIP, you need a referral from Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) to get medical care anywhere else — except for emergency room care, urgent care clinic visits, pediatric care, obstetrics services, gynecological care, and LiveHealth Online virtual visits.

You’ll pay nothing for preventive care at SHCS, and low copays for other services and procedures. If needed, SHCS will provide a referral for services it can’t provide. Staff at the SHCS insurance office can help you find network providers at the UC health center near you or within the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO network.

Learn more about SCHS services on the Student Health and Counseling Services website.

Know Before You Go

Without a referral from SHCS, some care won’t be covered by UC SHIP. When necessary, be sure to get a referral so you’re not stuck with an unexpected bill to pay.


Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Your first stop for care on campus
(415) 476-1281
SHCS website
SHCS email