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Student Health Center

R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Health and Psychological Counseling Center

(Located in the south wing of the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building, Room 119)


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Student Health Centers in the CSU are established and maintained to facilitate the retention of students in the university and to enhance the academic performance of students through accessible and high quality medical care, public health prevention programs, and educational programs and services.


For medical appointments, please call (760) 341-2883, ext. 78177 or (909) 537-8177

For counseling appointments, please call (760) 341-2883, ext. 78239

Students may also schedule medical appointments in person or visit the online scheduling page for self service.

Dial 911 if you have an emergency.

Office Hours for Academic Year

  Office Health Services Counseling Services
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CLOSED 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CLOSED
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m CLOSED
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m CLOSED 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Nurse Advice line:

Nurse advice is available by phone at (909) 537-5241.

  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After hours phone counseling (909) 537-5040 available evenings and weekend.

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Staff:

Julio Esparza, ASC I

Cecile Dahlquist, M.N.,FNP-BC, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Cathi Patterson, RN

Sandra Perez, RN

Susan Lilly, LMFT, LPCC, Counselor 

Health Center Services:

The R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Health and Psychological Counseling Center is a state-of-the-art facility, with up-to-date technology and equipment. The physical space includes a waiting area, clerical area, exam rooms, counseling office, and lab. The Center now fully operates using an electronic health records system. The Mission of the Student Health Center is to provide compassionate, accessible and cost effective clinical and preventative health service for the student community. We provide first aid and basic out-patient care services. As an enrolled student, you pay a Student Health Fee and are eligible for health services. Although basic health care is provided, treatment for major illnesses and injury (e.g., motor vehicle accidents), as well as certain conditions requiring a specialist or hospitalization, are beyond the scope of service. Students are referred to an outside provider for these illnesses or injuries and it is the student's responsibility to pay the costs associated with the referral. It is important to carry health insurance. Faculty and staff are not eligible for services except in case of emergency.

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and with any inquiries you may have. There is NO fee for routine office visits.

Typical types of clinic services offered:

  • Physicals: nursing, sports, teaching, pre-employment
  • Birth control: pill, ring, implant, IUCs, depo
  • Emergency contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection testing, pap smears
  • Vaccines: Hepatitis B, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), HPV, flu shots
  • TB skin test: 2 appointments required
  • General Health and Triage

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus students also have access to the Student Health Center located on the San Bernardino campus. For more information about the San Bernardino Campus Health Center, visit the CSUSB Health Center website.


For information on how to clear immunization holds, please contact us at 760-341-2883 ext. 78177

All students must meet the immunization standards required by the California State University Chancellor.

Students born after January 1, 1957 are required to be immunized for Measles (rubeola) and Rubella (German measles). Immunization for Hepatitis B is required for all first-time freshmen 18 years old or younger. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots and takes six months to complete.Students enrolled in a California high school after July 1, 1999 have already satisfied this requirement. If you were not enrolled in a California public high school after July 1, 1999, you must provide verification of prior immunization or receive the immunization by the end of your first quarter. If you're immune because you have had the disease, you may provide proof or have a blood test done. Verification or immunization for Hepatitis B must be completed before the end of your second quarter.

Students will be unable to register for classes until each requirement is met.Immunizations are available at a cost, through the Student Health Center include MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Hepatitis B, TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), Influenza, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines. For the price of a specific vaccine, please contact the health center.

CSUSB has joined theCalifornia Immunization Registry (CAIR),a computer-based immunization tracking system developed to assist medical providers and/or approved agencies to track and review immunization information for individuals. This will help remind patients to avoid unnecessary or redundant immunizations, and control disease outbreaks. Information in CAIR is only available to authorized providers/agencies and local health departments in California, and the California Department of Public Health.

Click here for more information on Immunizations and CAIR

Family PACT

The Family PACT program is a State program that provides clinical services for family planning at no cost to eligible California residents. After enrolling in Family PACT, students will receive a teal Health Access Program (HAP) card, which can be used at any provider that offers Family PACT in California.

Students enrolled in the Family PACT program must be eligible at the time of service to receive program benefits.

Make sure to bring your card with you for all Family PACT services.


The Family PACT program provides confidential no-cost family planning services to all qualifying students. Typical services include: birth control counseling and methods, condoms, emergency contraception, and reproductive health screenings.


Check the Family PACT website to see if you are eligible. If you are eligible for Family PACT and family planning services are provided, you may be eligible for free testing, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted Infections (STIs) and vaginal infections.

For more information visit CSUSB Family PACT

Counseling and Psychological Services:

Who Uses Counseling and Psychological Services?

  • All students enrolled for academic credit (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) may use the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • A non-student may be served only as part of couples counseling when the non-student's significant other is currently enrolled at CSUSB.
  • If you are taking a quarter offfrom CSUSB (including summer session) and desire counseling you may be eligible for services if the following criteria are met: You intend to return to CSUSB the following quarter; you have been enrolled at CSUSB for the past two consecutive quarters; and you pay the one time quarterly Health Fee before seeing a counselor.
  • Students enrolled in continuing education, extension or Open University courses are not eligible for services.
  • CSUSB Palm Desert Campus students also have access to the Psychological Counseling services located on the San Bernardino campus. For more information about the San Bernardino Campus services, visit the CSUSB Counseling & Psychological Services webpage.

Common Concerns and Issues Discussed

  • Confusion, anxiety, or depression
  • Mood variability
  • Needing help with an important decision
  • Loneliness
  • Adjusting to living away from parents
  • Friendship problems
  • Romantic concerns
  • Family concerns-including parental divorce
  • Compulsive eating
  • Self-destructive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Loss of a relationship
  • Balancing academics and social needs
  • Shyness
  • Illness or death of a friend or family member
  • Personal trauma such as sexual assault
  • Illness or death of a friend or family member


Counseling and Psychological Services is funded by the student health fee paid at the time of enrollment to CSUSB. No other fees apply.

Confidentiality and Privacy

All contacts with Counseling and Psychological Services are confidential, except in situations where legal or ethical considerations require notification of a family member or others.

Counseling and Psychological Services does not release any information regarding whether a student has used the service nor matters discussed in counseling. Except under certain specific circumstances, no parent, dean, faculty member, or other student can gain access to information about a client without express written permission.


  1. A student who has used CAPS services may give authorization to release records or to disclose information to anyone the student chooses. However, a request to exchange confidential information must first be completed and signed.
  2. If the counselor believes that there is danger to self or others, safety considerations will prevail, and the counselor will notify appropriate family members or other authority. Such disclosure is for the purpose of providing the necessary care and protection of the student.
  3. In very rare circumstances, the court may order the release of confidential information.
  4. Unlicensed counselors work under the supervision of a licensed counselor who has access to counseling records in order to perform supervision responsibilities. In addition, a student may grant permission for a counselor to audiotape or videotape a session for the counselor to review with his/her supervisor.
  5. Counselors are mandated reporters of suspected elder or child abuse and must notify the appropriate agencies.

Palm Desert Students are also welcome to access counseling services at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the San Bernardino Campus. 

Student Health Education

Health Promotion Counseling: Individual Appointment with students

Classroom Presentations: Stress, Relationships, BIT, and other topics

PEACHes: Peers Educators Advocating Campus Health



Health and Wellness Campaigns:

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Rape/Sexual Assault
  • Stress Management
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Safer Sex
  • Oatmeal Breakfasts

PDC Pride

ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug prevention)

For more information, contact Albert Angelo.

Health and Wellness Resources

The California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone program that can help you quit smoking. Helpline services are free, funded by the California Department of Public Health and by First 5 California. The Helpline has been in operation since 1992. When you call, a friendly staff person will offer a choice of services: self-help materials, a referral list of other programs, and one-on-one counseling over the phone.

What You Should Know About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal (me-nin-je-kok-ul) disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death.

For more information view the Meningococcal Disease Flyer

published by the California Department of Public Health.

On-Line Cancer Resources

Pregnancy Counseling Services

Community and Counseling Resources


  • Free Flu shots for students while supplies last!
  • More events to come

Important Measles Update:

As you may have heard, measles outbreaks are occurring nationwide, within our own state, and nearby in Los Angeles county.To learn more about the infection and how to avoid catching it, please follow the link and watch the videos below.

The single best way to prevent catching the measles is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective.If you have questions about the measles or the vaccine, make an appointment to be seen at the Student Health Center,and bring your vaccine record to that appointment or call 909-537-5241.Watch Measles video in English          Watch Measles video in SpanishHere's a link to a Measles fact sheet from the Center for Disease Control.