A warm welcome from our team!

Supporting your health at HSU

Student Health and Wellbeing Services (SHWS) are a team of dedicated professionals that want to help you succeed in your personal and academic paths at Humboldt State University by supporting your general health and wellbeing.  SHWS consists of Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Education.

Student Medical Services and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at HSU are fully-accredited, including a medical clinic with lab, pharmacy, x-ray services, and a team of mental health professionals. Our licensed medical professionals include physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, clinical laboratory scientists and a radiological technologist.  Our professional mental health providers include licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists, as well as therapists fulfilling professional training at our site (e.g., postgraduate residents and practicum trainees).  Our front office staff is welcoming, knowledgeable and always happy to assist you with health records, appointment scheduling and any other questions.  Please get to know our team of professionals in our medical and counseling units.   In our Recreation & Wellness facility, our Health Education team and the Peer Health Educators focus on health-promoting fun activities for students.   Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located in Student Health and Counseling (SHC) Building, as well as at SBS 208, offers confidential services for short-term mental health issues. Together, our Student Health and Wellbeing Services team is dedicated to helping you overcome health barriers to academic success.

Our Medical and Health Education Staff

Health Center Staff

 Our Counseling & Psychological Services Staff

Our Counseling & Psychological Services Staff


Finding us

SHC is located just up the hill from the HSU Library off Plaza Circle, and hours of operation can be found on the Medical and CAPS websites.  Please note that CAPS also has a second location at SBS 208. Should you require medical assistance outside these hours, there is free access to an after-hours nursing advice hotline (877) 256-3534.  Should you require psychological assistance outside of open hours, you can call the CAPS main line at (707) 826-3236 to speak with a counselor by phone.  See our websites for contact information and maps to other medical facilities and psychological resources in our community.

Accessing our services

The SHC is mainly funded by the required Health Services fee, paid as part of the tuition, and billed directly to student accounts. SHC services are provided to regularly enrolled and IELE students.  For a small fee, CAPS will also provide couples therapy for the non-student partner of a student when the two are in therapy together. Though most of our medical services at SHC are free, there are some services and supplies that may require a small fee.  A few examples of these are immunizations, TB skin tests, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, x-rays, laboratory work, and splints / braces. The medical services fee schedule is available here.

HSU is located in Humboldt County, a rural, medically-underserved area. Primary Care Providers (our providers may not be designated as PCPs – this role must be filled by the physician designated by your insurance plan), as well as some medical specialists, are in short supply. It is very important that you and your family research available medical options, including psychiatry, before coming to HSU so you may be sure your needs are met. It is also important to note that, because of our high volume of patient visits, we cannot provide care for long-term issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic health (including psychiatric) problems or treatment for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, nor can we qualify students for permanent disability.

Our Health and Wellbeing Services team have a lot to offer. Please familiarize yourself with our websites and call if you have questions. We look forward to working with you!