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Your Health is Important

UC Merced offers a variety of services for all students, including graduate and professional students.  Most of these services are offered by the following departments:

Below are some of the services that the campus provides:

Student Health Center 

The mission of Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at UC Merced. Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.  Most of these services are offered as confidential resources depending on your insurance.  Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a patient.

The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on university holidays and weekends.  To schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center call 209-228-2273.  The first scheduled appointment is at 8:20 a.m. and the last appointment is at 4 p.m.  This place can be found on the second floor of the H Rajender Reddy Health Center, next to the Gallo gym.

Learn more about the services of the Health Center.  For UC Merced students, faculty, and staff, you can find more information about the specific services and requirements to fulfill at

Insurance at UC Merced

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The University of California system requires all students to have major medical insurance.  As part of this resolution, all UC Merced students have the option to apply for insurance through UC SHIP.  Coverage for medical, hospital and vision is provided through Anthem Blue Cross, where vision plans are covered through Blue View Vision Insight.  Coverage for pharmacy is provided by OptumRx.  Coverage for dental is provided through Delta Dental.  Learn more about what each insurance covers and how much.

Insurance cards can be printed by following the procedures listed here.  Please note that the university no longer mails insurance cards, and so this will have to be done online through the insurance providers.

The following rates of UC SHIP for the current academic year can be found here.  To learn more about UC SHIP in general, visit the Office of the President.

If you choose to opt out of UC SHIP, you will need to sign a waiver showing that your insurance covers all the major requirements.  Keep in mind that all approved waiver submissions will be audited.


STOP and Get Your Flu Shot

This service is usually offered on a weekly basis during the Fall semesters.  It is free to all students.  There is a $16 fee for faculty and staff to use this service which can be paid online through the portal.  This semester the service is being held at the Scholarly Activities & Athletics Center (SAAC) room 219 on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm.

Learn more about it here.

Counseling and Psychological Services

This is a confidential resource that provides counseling to registered students free of charge.  The CAPS office is open weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm, and can be found on the first floor of the H. Rajender Reddy Health Center in front of the Gallo Recreation Center.

Here are some of the service they offer:

CAPS Drop-in Services

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This gives students a chance to have a brief, confidential conversation with a professional counselor to receive consultation, support, advice, and/or referrals.  Click here to view the drop-in hours.


Group Counseling

CAPS offers support groups every semester that meet on a weekly basis.

A group exclusive to graduate students of all fields is the Graduate Student Support Group.  For Spring 2020, the meeting time is on Thursdays from 4-5pm in SSB room 217.  Learn more about other groups on the CAPS website.



WellTrack logo

This app is a free service for all UC Merced students that provides confidential self-guided tools and resources to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression.  Learn more.


TAO Connect

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This service provides a set of education modules, assessments, interactive tools, and daily logs.  As of Fall 2019, all UC Merced students are able to get a free subscription to this service.  Learn more about this service and the app at

Additional resources frrom CAPS are also found in this flyer.

Health Promotion 

This department is in charge of promoting most the health related events on campus, which are available to all students.  A few of their programs can be found here, which looks at four types of Health & Well-being topics.

Rest & Relaxation Hotspots

Health Promotion has sections on campus (and a couple off campus) that are useful spaces for students to take naps, or relax and enjoy the view of the great outdoors!  See this map of Relaxation Hotspots.  


Relaxation Station

Health Promotion also has a private space for students to focus on meditation and help alleviate stress and anxiety through a guided program.  This service requires an appointment which can be made here.


Did you find any health resources on campus that are not mentioned here?  Please let us know by using this form.