Health Promotion

Who's Your Health Worker?

Please note, health workers will return in August for the Fall 2019 semester.

Program Director

Karen Hughes Program Director khughes@berkeley.edu

Pet Hugs

Pet Hugs brings therapy dogs to campus to positively impact mood, stress and connection for students, staff and faculty.

In partnership with the Animal Rescue Foundation, UHS coordinates a Pet Hugs event once a month. Popular with many students and campus and community members, we have overheard comments like:

Sexual Health Education Program

The Sexual Health Education Program's (SHEP) mission is to empower students in feeling comfortable with their bodies and making informed decisions about their sex and sexuality, including whether or not to be sexually active.


Services provided are inclusive of all races/ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and levels of sexual knowledge and experience.

Sexpert Education Clinic

PartySafe@Cal

PartySafe flyerAlcohol and Party Risk Management Education

Cal Bears Say Hi

The CalBearsSayHi campaign invites us to slow down long enough to make contact, say “Hi” to other students and enhance your sense of belonging and community.

Social support is all-important to our health and success. Studies confirm what many of us know about the benefits of having friends you can confide in, laugh with, cry with and hang out with. Having campus friends and acquaintances translates to lowered stress levels, a heartier immune system, and an increased ability to concentrate and learn.

#OurHouse

We want less drama and problems related to alcohol.

We need to publicly advocate for a party culture that is world class. We want to make it obvious to any student attending a Berkeley party that we keep it social - not slurred - and that health and safety are top priority if problems arise.

Health Worker Program

The Health Worker Program promotes healthy personal and residential community practices, including self-care, risk management and use of health care services.

Health Workers are student peer educators who live in the residence halls, fraternities, sororities and International House and provide the following services on-site:

Refresh for Finals

Final exams can generate a considerable degree of stress.

Many students experience stress and test anxiety as they prepare for final exams. Take time to figure out how to effectively manage your stress so that you can perform well academically.

Rapid HIV Antibody Testing

Testing is free and anonymous with results provided in 30 minutes.


The Sexual Health Education Program's Sexpert Education Clinic conducts rapid HIV antibody testing for Cal students and community members. Testing method is a blood-based finger prick test.

Testing takes place Fridays 12-3pm once a month in the Health Promotion unit, 2nd floor Tang Center; dates for the current semester are:

Cannabis

Recent policy changes in a number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use suggest a shift in societal attitudes and perceptions around cannabis. University Health Services takes a harm reduction approach to all substance use, including cannabis.