Welcome to the CSUSB Student Health Center (SHC). We offer services to students with the goal of promoting good health and wellness to keep students on the road to academic and professional success.
Our medical services include primary care, immunizations, nursing care and health education. We are also conveniently equipped with a pharmacy and laboratory.
Cal State San Bernardino and the university’s Student Health Center are aware of the current impact of the coronavirus in the global community and are continually monitoring the situation. While there have been a few confirmed cases in Southern California, no exposures or confirmed cases of coronavirus have been identified at CSUSB or in the local community.
Campus administration and the Student Health Center are committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members and campus visitors, and are following the guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as State of California, and San Bernardino and Riverside County public health officials.
Information regarding the coronavirus continues to evolve and the situation is currently being monitored by the CDC and “at this time this virus is not spreading in the United States, so the likelihood of someone in the U.S. getting sick with this virus is very low. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.” (CDC, Novel Coronavirus [2019-nCoV] and You Factsheet).
Further guidance is being offered by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). For more information regarding the coronavirus, please follow the links below to visit the CDC and/or the CDPH for up-to-date information regarding the outbreak.
The campus community is also reminded that this is high season for possible contact with individuals who have contracted more common strains of colds and flu, which have very similar symptoms to the new coronavirus.
What is the coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of respiratory illness first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Patients with this virus have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While the exact way the virus is spread is not fully known, the CDC stated that person-to-person spread is likely via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread. They believe there also may be some spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.
What can I do?
The CDC recommends many everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you develop symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, please stay at home and do not come to campus for school or work until you are no longer contagious. Contact your healthcare provider to seek medical attention as soon as you are able.
If you are feeling sick and have traveled to Wuhan, China or any other city or province within China during the month of January or have been in close contact with someone who has, please do the following:
- Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
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 links 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.
Here's a link to a Measles fact sheet from the Center for Disease Control.
For information on how to clear immunization holds, please contact the Student Health Center at (909) 537-5241. For more information, please see our Immunizations page.
All students must meet the immunization standards required by the California State University Office of the 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 available at a cost, through the Student Health Center include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Influenza, Human Papilloma Virus and Meningococcal meningitis vaccines. For the price of a specific vaccine, please contact the health center.
The CSUSB Student Health Center supports students' academic success by providing high quality accessible health and psychiatric care as well as health education and wellness services in a safe, confidential and compassionate environment.
The Student Health Center provides first aid and basic out-patient care services. We have a full time staff Monday through Friday to care for your needs. First aid is always available during clinic hours to anyone on campus. Please dial 911 for emergencies from anywhere on campus for assistance. We are staffed with Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Medical Assistants, and a Pharmacy. Our center has contracted with local lab and X-ray services for our students. Our psychiatric services are limited to psychiatric medication evaluation and management. For counseling or therapy services please contact Counseling and Psychological Services. They also have a full time staff of Marriage and Family Therapists, licensed Psychologists and supervised interns.
Health services are also offered at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus in the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Student Health and Psychological Counseling Center located in HS-119.
As an enrolled student at CSUSB, you pay a Student Health Fee and are eligible for health and counseling services at the Student Health Center and Counseling & Psychological Services office. Your Student Health Fee supports and finances the operation of the Health Center. 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
We are committed to preserving the privacy of your personal health information. The Student Health Center is a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. We are required by Federal regulations and California law to protect the privacy of your medical information and to provide you with this notice:
This NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you get access to this information.
Please read it carefully.
Concerns or Comments
Student concerns may be addressed to Carolyn O’Keefe, Psy.D., Interim Director, Student Health Center and sent via e-mail to: Carolyn.OKeefe@csusb.edu. A suggestion box is available in the waiting room and the contents addressed per the Quality Improvement committee. A patient satisfaction survey is conducted annually. Trends are analyzed and adjustments made as needed. A patient may appeal to the Title IX director, campus Ombudsman, or the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. This reporting policy is posted on the patient Rights and Responsibilities poster displayed in the Health Center.
One of the most important things we do to earn your trust is to participate voluntarily in the quality assessment program of the Accreditation for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Our accreditation tells you that AAAHC's independent team of health care professionals has taken a close look at us and has found that we meet their rigorous, nationally recognized standards for quality health care services.