Meet the Mandatory Health Requirements

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For academic success, the UC Regents mandate that all students have health insurance. Read the official mandate here.

UC provides all students with the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). Most students choose UC SHIP.  If you want to use your own insurance plan, you must opt out and waive (cancel) UC SHIP by completing an online waiver each academic year.

What you need to do now: Accept or waive UC SHIP by the deadline of

  • Summer admission: 7/20/20
  • Fall admission: 9/15/20
  • Winter admission: 12/16/20
  • Spring admission: 3/15/21

Steps to accept UC SHIP: No further action required. You'll be billed automatically.

Steps to waive UC SHIP:

  1. Read the waiver FAQs here
  2. Watch the step-by-step video on how to complete the online waiver.
  3. Complete the waiver worksheet here
  4. Complete and submit the online waiver
After you submit the online waiver, our waiver partner, Academic HealthPlans (AHP), will review your waiver. They’ll let you know within 10 business days if there are any issues with your private health insurance plan. After submitting your waiver, email AHP at with any questions.



The University of California requires all students on all UC Campuses to have certain vaccinations and a screening for tuberculosis (TB). These are also known as "medical clearances." The required vaccinations and screening prevent serious diseases that spread easily. These requirements are all part of our commitment to keeping you and our UCSC community free of communicable diseases. Read the University of California’s memo on the mandatory vaccination and tuberculosis screening policy here. As of Fall Quarter 2020, all students (on campus and off campus) must also get an influenza (flu) vaccine.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you will be prevented from registering for classes. The only exceptions to this policy are medical exemptions.  Learn more about the UC medical exemption policy here.

To get started:

  1. Visit UCSC’s Immunization and TB Screening site.
  2. Read the instructions or watch the short videos here. They will show you how to gather your immunization records and use Health e-Messenger.
  3. Log into Health e-Messenger and enter your information.

If you have questions, log into Health e-Messenger and send a new message to “Immunization Clinician” with your question.

New COVID-19 requirements for students living on-campus or taking in-person classes


While you're here, let's complete some other forms to make your health care flow smoothly.



Recommended for students under 18

If you will be under 18 when you get to campus, please also complete the Consent for Care of Minor form. This form allows us to treat you without getting your parents’ consent for every appointment.
  1. Complete the Consent for Care of Minor form.
  2. Go to the UCSC Health e-Messenger web site. Log in with your CruzID and Gold password.
  3. Select “Messages,” then “New Messages” and “Medical Records Form Submission.”



Complete the online Health History Form. This form helps your healthcare provider know what’s happened to you in the past, and it’s important for students with ongoing health issues.
  1. Go to the UCSC Health e-Messenger web site. Log in with your CruzID and Gold password.
  2. Select “Medical Clearances.
  3. Choose “Health History Form” to complete and submit the secure online form.



If you or your doctor want the UCSC Student Health Center to provide care or monitor your medications or lab work, please ask your primary care provider for a summary of your medical treatment plan. We don't need your entire medical record, just the summary. Visit the Health Information Management page to find out how you can easily get us your records online through Docusign. It's quick and easy!


Thank you for completing the requirements! We appreciate your help in keeping our campus healthy.