Health Topic

All about the flu and how to fight it

It’s that time again - the dreaded “flu season”! But there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and others against it, as well as to look after yourself should you be one of the unlucky ones. The true “flu” - influenza, not to be confused with “stomach flu” - is quite a bit worse than a common cold and will make you miserable and keep you home for a few days, but most people will make it through without complications. However it is important to know if you are at risk for more severe disease,...

Limited Primary Care Medical Appointments

Limited Primary Care Medical Appointment You may experience some limited access getting primary care medical appointments at UHS. This is temporary over the next few weeks as we work to increase access to our services. We are currently prioritizing care for those with timely medical needs including: injuries requiring a clinical exam, X-ray, splinting, or crutches acute or worsening illnesses any care requiring prescription medication COVID-related care those that need to establish medical care for...

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.

A perceptive physician once said, "If you treat cold symptoms vigorously, they will go away in seven days. If left alone, they will disappear over the course of a week." There...

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.

For most...

HIV Testing

Medical Care and Testing at Tang Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP): Free, confidential, rapid HIV testing monthly during academic year on the 2nd floor of UHS. Purchase a HIV Home test from the UHS Pharmacy ($34 as of 12/1/14). See Home HIV Test Questionnaire (PDF). Order a confidential HIV Antibody Test online...

Sexual Assault and Rape


Mental Health

Anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress. The screenings may help you determine whether seeking professional consultation would be of benefit to you. These free screenings are available to all UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty members and are taken anonymously. Be Well ...

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.

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.