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Welcome Letter from Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) at UC Irvine is a department of the Wellness, Health and Counseling Services (WH&CS) division of Student Affairs. SHC provides students with diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness and injury as well as wellness resources and education. SHC also provides assistance to students regarding the benefits and costs associated with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and in navigating the often complex and challenging environment related to health insurance.

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Important Admissions Requirements and Action Items for New Students

The health of the individual can affect the health of the entire campus community. The University of California (UC) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students, the campus community and beyond. In order to protect the campus from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, ALL incoming UC students are REQUIRED to obtain four (4) specific vaccines and undergo screening for Tuberculosis or provide documentation demonstrating compliance with these requirements.

Compliance Deadlines:

Note that a one term "grace period" is provided to students to comply with the immunization requirement. However, SHC strongly encourages students to complete this requirement as early as possible rather than deferring to the start of the Winter quarter (or Spring semester). There is no corresponding grace period provided for compliance with the TB screening requirement.

How To Comply With Your Tuberculosis and Immunization Requirements

These requirements are satisfied by: 1) entering your vaccination dates online; and 2) completing the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire online via the WH&CS Student Health Portal. Refer to the instructions below and other important information pertaining to these health requirements.

Note: New, incoming students for Fall 2017 will not be able to login to the WH&CS Student Health portal until their demographic information and student ID #'s are uploaded into the SHC's electronic health record system. This upload should be completed by the end of May 2017 or possibly sooner. We encourage all new students to continue to try logging into the portal during the month of May in order to enter and submit your TB screening and immunization information. If, by June 1, 2017, you are still unable to login to the portal, please send an email to and you will receive a reply within 24-48 hours. Thank you.

Health Insurance Requirement

All registered undergraduate and graduate students at UC Irvine are required to have health insurance.

  • Enroll in UC SHIP: If you want to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you are automatically enrolled – no action is required.
  • Waive UC SHIP: If you have comparable insurance and do not want to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you must apply online for a UC SHIP waiver within the posted waiver periods and by the deadline date. (Note that "early start" 1st year/returning medical students and 1st year/returning/transfer law students have separate waiver periods and deadline dates.)
  • Fees for UC SHIP insurance coverage are charged to your student ZOTaccount each term and are included with your registration fees.
  • The services at SHC are available to all students even if you waive UC SHIP. Students with insurance coverage other than SHIP typically pay lower fees for most services as compared with community rates (see Cost of Care).

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