Health Topic

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.

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.  

Sexual Health and Sexuality

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

Sexual Assault and Rape


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.

Sexual Health

Healthy sexuality is an important part of overall wellness, and means more than just sex, condoms and STI testing.

It involves feeling informed and empowered to express your sexuality in a way that is consensual, respectful, and informed, and—ultimately—personally enriches your life.


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

Exercise: Injury Prevention & Self-Care

Here are some guidelines for preventing sports injuries, along with a few self-care tips for treating the minor sports-related health problems that happen from time to time. The information below comes from the registered physical therapists of the University Health Service at UC Berkeley.

Skin Conditions

Skin is our largest organ and plays a very important role as our first level of defense and helps keep our bodies working properly.

Travel: Health Hints for Traveling Students

The University Health Service staff wishes you great success and an enjoyable experience in your studies abroad. Use the following checklist as a guideline to help you maintain good health habits while away.

Before you go...

  • Check with UHS International Travel Care Clinic (643-7177) at least 3-6 months before your departure date to assure sufficient time to get new and updated immunizations and TB testing done. You should be aware that failure to get the necessary documentation may result in your trip being cancelled.