Our mission is enhancing quality of life by promoting wellness and fostering a vibrant campus community for student success. In collaboration with the USF community, Health Promotion Services staffs promote a culture of healthy lifestyles, reasonable health messages, harm reduction tips, and the development of a more humane and safer environment not only on campus but also in the world. For a full list of health promotion services, educational materials and resources available to students, including relevant policies and requirements, please visit www.usfca.edu/hps.
Health Promotion Initiatives
We seek to build capacity in individuals, groups, and the entire campus community to improve individual and community health. Our work is based on a public health model that focuses on assessing student health risks and assets, analyzing national and local data, and using evidence-based best practices and national standards to design appropriate initiatives for the USF student population.
Some examples of health promotion initiatives at USF include:
- Collecting data about student health issues with surveys and focus groups
- Leading coalitions to address issues such as tobacco use, violence and alcohol abuse
- Facilitating training for peer educators, resident assistants, and other groups
- Developing and disseminating social marketing campaigns
- Presenting research and data about student health to campus and community stakeholders
- Reviewing and recommending policy that relates to student health
USF Student Health Data
HPS regularly assesses student health needs and assets using a variety of college-appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods. Our goal is to collect a local data set of health factors that impact academic performance and retention. Data is used to generate incidence rates for a variety of health issues on campus, identify protective and risk factors to academic performance, allocate resources, and design prevention initiatives.
Student Health Services
Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG) physicians will provide USF students with primary health care services. There are two locations for student health care needs:
St. Mary's Office 2250 Hayes Street, Suite 504, San Francisco, CA and Saint Francis Office 1199 Bush Street, suite 40, San Francisco, CA.
All USF students (registered for credit hours) are eligible to access both clinics during regular business hours regardless of their health insurance plan. A valid USF student ID and an insurance card must be presented before receiving health care services. If you do not know your health insurance information, please contact Health Promotion Services at 415.422.5797 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Although HPS staff can offer assistance, it is ultimately the student responsibility to determine his or her insurance coverage.
Please note: Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG) will not charge current registered students the co-payment for office visit (s) regardless of their health insurance plan. Student’s insurance plans will be billed for office visits. Office visits refer to a consultation with a primary care physician. Students or their health insurance plans are responsible for fees that may be incurred if immunization, laboratory, procedures, and radiology tests, etc. are needed to address students’ health concerns.
DHMG physicians, specializing in caring for patients 18 years and older, deliver comprehensive preventative care and adult care services to support both men’s and women’s health. Skilled in caring for persons with the most minor conditions to those living with multiple chronic conditions, DHMG doctors diagnose, manage and treat most adult diseases. DHMG at Saint Francis/St. Mary’s doctors provide care in a wide range of areas, including:
- Diagnosing, treating, evaluating and managing episodic short-term acute illness and stable chronic illness and disease
- Providing care for injury from minor accidents
- Providing immunization and preventive vaccines to students
- Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations, including annual physicals and GYN physicals
- Prescribing pharmacologic treatments and therapies for acute and chronic illness.
- Prescribing short-term pharmacologic treatments for mental illnesses, as determined by the primary care Physician to be within his/her scope of practice.
- Performing minor procedures, including sutures, wound care, and dermatology procedures.
- Sexual health services – sexually transmitted infection testing, women services (Pap smear, breast examination, Pre-conception counseling, vaginal infections)
- Travel medicine – provide students travelling abroad with country-specific information regarding necessary vaccinations and prescriptions medications
Students can call the specific clinic where they want to be seen to schedule an appointment. Students will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
St. Mary's Medical Center Clinic
2250 Hayes Street, Suite 504
Saint Francis Clinic
1199 Bush Street, suite 40
Appointments (415) 292-3700
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Closed on weekends and major holidays.
Student Health Insurance
As a condition of enrollment, the University of San Francisco requires regularly enrolled students to have health insurance, both to protect against unexpected high medical costs and to provide access to quality care. The following groups of students are required to have health insurance:
Campus Wide Health Requirements
Required students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who are able to prove that they have coverage comparable (equal or better) to the University-sponsored plan under a United States-domiciled health insurance company may waive this requirement each academic year.
- All undergraduate domestic students registered for 9 credit hours or more (excluding students in Certificate programs, or Online programs)
- All graduate domestic students registered for 6 credit hours or more (excluding Certificate programs, or Online programs)
- All international students and scholars registered for at least 1 credit hour or more (this includes undergraduate, graduate, law, and non-degree students)
- All students who reside in University-operated housing (including undergraduate, graduate, law, and non-degree students)
Domestic students may waive this requirement online at (www.usfca.edu/hps). International students must waive the University sponsored student health insurance plan with a the Health Promotion Services staff (UC 5th Floor) to ensure that their health insurance policy meets the minimum insurance requirement established by University of San Francisco, and United States federal government regulations.
Students are expected to maintain comparable health insurance coverage at all times during their waiver period. However, if a student’s health coverage is dropped, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Health Promotion Services to discuss her or his options.
If the waiver is approved, the student’s account will be credited accordingly. If the waiver is denied, students may file an online waiver appeal form with Health Promotion Services (www.usfca.edu/hps). Students can also call to discuss the appeal by phone at (415) 422-5797.
If a student waives in Fall, the waiver is good for Fall and Spring semesters. However, students, who waive in the spring semester, must waive again for the following Fall semester. Students who have waived the plan in a given year or semester are eligible to re-enroll in the USF-sponsored health plan for the following semester. These students must contact Health Promotion Service office to re-enroll in the USF sponsored health plan.
Students who commence their enrollment in the summer session are not automatically enrolled in and not billed for the University-sponsored health plan. These students must purchase the coverage online or apply for a waiver in order to comply with the USF health insurance policy.
USF health insurance requirement, plan benefits, online waiver request form, waiver periods, and deadlines are published at www.usfca.edu/hps. For further information, please contact Health Promotion Services (HPS) at email@example.com or 415.422.5797.
The University of San Francisco requires evidence of two sets of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hepatitis B vaccination, and Tuberculosis testing for students in the following categories:
All international students and scholars
Domestic undergraduate students born on or after January 1, 1957
Domestic graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957 living on campus
All international students and scholars
Domestic students 18 years of age and younger
International students and Scholars are also required to show proof of Tuberculosis test administered within the last 12 months. Students with positive PPD are required to submit a chest x-ray administered within the last 12 months.
Note: Nursing students have supplementary immunization required by clinical sites. Nursing students are expected to submit their immunization records to the School and Nursing and Health Professions, NOT Health Promotion Services. For more information on School of Nursing and Health Professions immunization requirement, please visit www.usfca.edu/nursing/healthrequirements
Evidence of Immunization
Proof of immunization must be obtained from a licensed medical professional using the USF immunization Form. Records such as Immunization Yellow card or high school transcript showing immunization are also accepted. Please submit the proof of immunization to Health Promotion Services by fax (+1 (888) 471-2290), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by mail to University of San Francisco, Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
USA. All immunization records must be in English.
Think About It: Online alcohol, other drugs and sexual violence prevention course
Think About It is a required, science-based online course that prepares incoming college students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. Recognizing that the issues of drug and alcohol abuse, the hookup culture, sexual violence, and healthy relationships are all connected, the program examines these topics in social, cultural, and personal contexts that advocate self-reflection and the pursuit of social justice. USF requires all new first-year and transfer undergraduate students to take Think About It for college before coming to campus.
New first-year and transfer undergraduate students will receive an email with instructions to take the course. The email will be sent to student’s USFconnect email address. Students who fail to successfully complete the course will be fined $50. For more information please visit http://www.usfca.edu/hps.