Welcome to UCSD!
Stacie J. San Miguel, MD
Student Health Services (SHS) invites you to utilize our healthcare services for a variety of your medical needs. Our facility is located in the center of campus, just west of Library Walk and the Price Center Bookstore. All students paying registration fees have access to SHS. Our staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, optometrists, health educators, and other health care professionals is committed to helping students maintain healthy lifestyles. Most outpatient primary care medical services at SHS are provided to you at no cost while you are a registered student. Remember us when you need medical care, and best wishes for a healthy academic year.
Stacie J. San Miguel, M.D., Director of Medical Services
What We Do
Student Health Services provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray. We have primary care physicians who are board certified in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Some of our physicians also have additional training and expertise in Gynecology, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Urgent Care, and Mental/Behavioral Health.
Our health promotion and disease prevention programs encourage
all students to develop positive health behaviors now and for the future.
We are proud to be accredited by the AAAHC
(American Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.) since 1995. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, health educators, and other medical professionals are committed to helping students maintain healthy lifestyles.
Read about how your medical information may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information at the
HIPAA Guidelines link.
Our Mission Statement
The UC San Diego Student Health Services mission is to facilitate the retention, academic advancement and graduation of students by maintaining their maximum health and wellness.
- Provide accessible and timely primary care that is personalized, confidential, cost effective and meets the high standards of the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.
- Educate our students, emphasizing health promotion, healthy life styles, and lifelong disease prevention.
- Assist the campus community in providing a supportive environment for students to pursue personal wellness.
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life. Wellness strategies are practical ways to start developing healthy habits that can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
- Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
- Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
- Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
- Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
At Student Health Services and Health Promotion Services, we partner with students to improve their health and well-being, and support their overall success in college. Through promotion of health evaluations, immunizations, and supporting the development of healthy habits regarding sleep, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, substance use and stress management, we provide the foundation for student's current and future well-being.
In pursuit of a well-informed, healthy campus community our work is guided by evidence- based practices within the following priority areas:
- Provide education, skills, vaccines, and vaccine education and promotion to reduce risk of infectious and communicable diseases such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections.
- Provide support, skills and nicotine replacement therapy for those who would like to quit smoking.
- Provide education on, and access to birth control to prevent unintended pregnancies and support reproductive and sexual health.
- Provide education and skill building opportunities to reduce risk from alcohol and other drugs.
- Encourage the use of helmets, seatbelts and other ways to reduce injury.
- Provide education and services to promote healthy eating, weight management and physical activity.
- Provide education on healthy sleep habits.
- Provide education, skills and services that help students manage stress.
- Create an environment where students have interest in and access to skills and services that contribute to their well-being.
- Engage and collaborate with campus partners to advocate for a shared vision and responsibility in student health and well-being, and cultivate partnerships that advance health promotion initiatives.
Attending UC San Diego is about more than just taking academic courses. While your intellect is being broadened and developed, it is important that you nurture your physical and mental health to maintain balance and wellness.
Be physically active
Structure your time so that you have at least 30 minutes per day for recreational activity. This will help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your physical and emotional well-being, and reduce tension. The UCSD campus has numerous athletic facilities for student use, including RIMAC, a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Remember, when exercising outdoors, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
Always have breakfast, and eat foods that are low in fat. Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources (breads, cereals, rice, pasta or beans), and select five more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Remember to take time to socialize and relax with others during your meals.
Be sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, ask others how you can best manage it. Get involved in student organizations, clubs and activities available on campus. Maintain your sense of humor. Understand how others impact your mental and emotional health. Discuss your feelings with others, including family, friends and health professionals at Student Health, or at Psychological & Counseling Services where services are free and confidential.
Maintain high self esteem
Make intelligent choices and take responsibility for your health. Focus on developing friendships. There are numerous social and volunteer activities available at UC San Diego. Participate and broaden your experiences while increasing feelings of self-worth and creating new friendships.
Smokers have three times greater chance of dying from heart disease and 25 times greater chance of developing lung cancer. Smokers suffer from an increased incidence of asthma, allergy and sinus disease, sleep disturbances, stomach problems, and numerous other diseases. If you are a current smoker, contact the Student Health Services for assistance in quitting.
Don't use drugs and avoid alcohol
The greatest risk to your life is related to the use of drugs or alcohol, which impede judgment and motor skills. 50% of all driving fatalities are attributed to alcohol use. Being under the influence of these substances may also put you at risk for an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. Psychological & Counseling Services can help you change your behavior.