The University of San Diego places great importance on providing students with the support services necessary to help them maximize their educational experience, and to challenge them to develop knowledge, values, and skills to enrich their lives. The wellness units (Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Counseling Center, Disability Services, and Student Health Center) seek to support student academic success and personal development by providing a comprehensive and integrated range of wellness services.
If you have concerns about your student or if you think he/she could benefit from our services, please visit the Student Wellness website to get more information on how to access our services. All of the wellness services are confidential and available to enrolled students free of charge.
Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP)
Hahn University Center, Room 161
The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CWHP) serves the USD student community through educational opportunities, prevention campaigns, campus-wide programs, assessment initiatives and individualized interventions. CHWP empowers students to make healthy choices and creates a university climate conducive to the overall success and well-being of the individual student and campus community. In addition to individual consultations and assessments regarding alcohol and other drugs, our services provide opportunities for students to obtain important wellness information, seek support, and enhance one’s ability to make healthy choices. CHWP also provides support services for students seeking to address substance abuse or dependence, including 12-step program facilitation and alcohol and other drug treatment program referrals.
A variety of student leadership opportunities are available through CHWP. Peer education groups serve the USD community by sponsoring education and outreach activities that promote healthy choices and are focused on raising awareness of wellness issues affecting today’s college student. Peer outreach programs address sexual assault, problematic drinking, substance abuse, and other wellness related behaviors and concerns.
CHWP provides students access to web-based assessment tools which provide personalized information to students about risks associated with their individual health and wellness behaviors.
CHWP sponsors College Cab, a safe ride program which is funded through USD Associated Students. This program provides a safe ride to students who find themselves in any situation that places them at risk (i.e., being stranded for any reason, car trouble, wanting to leave an uncomfortable situation). For further details and regulations please visit the CHWP website.
CHWP Hours and Staffing: To schedule an individual appointment, workshop, and/or training, or for additional information about our programs and services, please call (619) 260-4618 or stop by our office in the Hahn University Center, Room 161.
Serra Hall 300
The university years involve significant personal developments which can be exciting but also taxing intellectually, socially and emotionally. Consistent with the university mission of holistic education, the Counseling Center engages in a broad range of services designed to support the personal and academic development of students. Professional psychologists, closely supervised trainees, and a consulting psychiatrist work together to meet students’ psychological and academic needs.
Counseling Services: Many students experience difficulties as they adjust to university life. Stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, body image concerns and relationship issues are common. Individual counseling and wellness groups are available to all enrolled students. Any student who comes to the Counseling Center receives an assessment with recommendations provided by a counselor for appropriate services. Depending on student needs and counselor availability, recommendations may include services provided by the Counseling Center or services provided by other professionals on campus or in the community. Services provided by the Counseling Center are free to students.
Consultation for families, faculty and staff: Counseling Center staff members are available to consult with parents, family members, faculty, staff and others concerned about a student. Although confidentiality restricts the information that Counseling Center staff can provide about students receiving services at the center, staff can listen to concerns others have about students and offer suggestions for addressing the concerns.
Prevention and Education: The Counseling Center works closely with the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (www.sandiego.edu/chwp) to provide a wide range of workshops, trainings, seminars, and outreach presentations to university students, staff, and faculty. Topics for these presentations include body image and eating concerns, academic performance, substance abuse, freshman adjustment, and relationship issues.
Help with academic performance: Students who are on academic probation or who want to improve their academic performance are encouraged to consult with the Counseling Center. The staff at the center can evaluate academic problems and offer counseling to address a number of concerns, including test anxiety, lack of motivation, and other related problems. The staff may also refer students to a range of academic support services available at the university.
Serra Hall 300
Disability Services provides specialized resources and services to enrolled students with documented disabilities. These services include academic accommodations, disability management counseling and coordinating with other departments (e.g., Housing, Parking, Public Safety) to provide assistance.
To receive support from Disability Services, students must first contact our office and submit valid documentation. For each type of disability, there are specific requirements that must be met for documentation to be considered valid. These requirements are described on our web page.
Once the disability has been verified by Disability Services, each request and/or recommendation for an accommodation is examined on a case-by-case basis and is implemented with consideration of the student’s present needs, supporting documentation and the core requirements of each class. It is the goal of Disability Services to promote maximum student independence.
Students who intend to request services are encouraged to contact our office (619) 260-4655 as soon as possible to discuss documentation and any other issues.
Student Health Center (SHC)
Camino Hall 161
The Student Health Center is a full-service medical clinic that can provide your student with primary care services, including care for acute illness and medical conditions, as well as preventive healthcare and health education. A registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant and physician are available Monday through Friday. All registered USD students are eligible for assessment and treatment in the health center. Students who present with major or severe conditions beyond the scope of practice of the center will receive assistance accessing the appropriate level of care in the community.
There is no fee for a student to be seen by the Student Health Center staff. However, fees for medications/supplies, laboratory examinations and certain procedures (such as electrocardiography, suture placement and removal, wart removal and respiratory treatments) are required and must be paid at time of service. The Student Health Center accepts CampusCash, Visa/MasterCard, and personal checks. Costs for services rendered off-site (specialist referrals, X-rays, emergency room fees, etc.) are the sole responsibility of the student and/or parent and must be paid directly to the facilities.
The Student Health Center, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Students needing physical exams, or non-urgent visits should schedule appointments in advance. Same-day appointments are available for students with illnesses and injuries and can be scheduled by phone or by the triage nurse on duty.
An on-call provider (physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner) is available by phone after hours for urgent medical questions. Students should call public safety (on campus at ext. 2222 or off-campus at (619) 260-7777) who will page the on-call provider. Severe on-campus injuries or emergencies should be reported to public safety immediately and off-campus injuries or emergencies to 911.
Students should carry their health insurance identification cards with them, in the event there is a necessity for off-campus treatment. Prior to starting at USD, parents should notify their insurance carrier that their dependent is a full-time student living away from home. Families with HMOs should consider changing the status of their college-bound dependent to a PPO or POS. Students without health insurance are STRONGLY encouraged to purchase a policy with a minimum emergency care benefit to complement the services available at the USD Wellness Units. For more information regarding policies available through USD, please visit the Student Health Center website at www.sandiego.edu/healthcenter/insurance.
All incoming students have a registration “hold” in place and MUST submit a completed immunization form to have this “hold” removed. Failure to do so may delay registration for classes. The immunization form is available to download and print from your student’s MySanDiego portal or online at www.sandiego.edu/healthcenter/immunizations. In addition to the required vaccinations, parents should strongly consider obtaining Meningitis and Hepatitis A vaccines for students. Though not required for registration, these vaccines can prevent serious illness and are available at the Student Health Center. Also, tuberculosis screening MUST be completed PRIOR to moving into the residential halls. This consists of 4 simple questions that can be submitted on the immunization form or via the MySanDiego portal. Parents of students under age 18 must sign the “Permission to Treat” portion of the immunization record. The immunization form is due to the Health Center no later than July 15, and is subject to a late charge.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Student Health Center by phone at (619) 260-4595 or online at www.sandiego.edu/healthcenter.