Health Topic

Wildfire Smoke / Air Quality

Smoke from wildfires in Northern California may contribute to poor air quality in the Bay Area during the fire season.  Be prepared!

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, and irritated eyes and sinuses. Substances released from fires far away, while very unlikely to cause any significant health hazards, can contribute to headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger shortness of breath and/or wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD.  

Emergency & Non-Emergency Interventions

See Something Do Something

Bystander intervention is being a good samaritan for the people around you — being a proactive member of the community. It's looking out for others in order to reduce harm.


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.

See this Cannabis handout for more information.

Policy and Legality

Campus & Community Leadership

At UHS We:

Strive to ensure health for all through leadership, expertise, and discovery

Practice predictive prevention — working upstream to identify critical trends, harness innovation, and adopt evidence-based prevention practices

Facilitate access to seamless, integrated, interdisciplinary and timely care from UHS providers and our partners

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs and don't experience negative academic, physical or social consequences. UHS staff work closely with students, staff, faculty and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.

About Anti-Depressant Medications for Depression

Perhaps your counselor has mentioned the option of antidepressant medication to you, or you’ve wondered whether this option might be helpful based on something you’ve heard, or based on the experiences of friends or family members.


Stalking is a series of actions that make someone feel afraid or in danger.

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

Sexual Assault and Rape


Sexual Health and Sexuality

Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you’re a sexual novice, a sexpert, or abstinent.

Cold Care

About Colds

A cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. There are at least 200 different cold viruses, the most common one being the rhinovirus ("nose virus"). Symptoms of a cold usually include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, low grade fever and congestion of the ears, nose and head. Colds usually last for a few days, but symptoms can persist for weeks.