Health & Counseling Services
The Counseling Center seeks to promote student mental health in the Pepperdine community. Academic success, social relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being are often affected by mental health issues; students are encouraged to attend to this arena of self-care.
All Pepperdine students are eligible to seek professional, confidential counseling services at the Counseling Center. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the center's services in addressing day-to-day stressors such as time-management issues, relationship concerns, and sleep difficulties. The licensed mental health professionals on staff are also prepared to provide services to students with more serious mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. There are no charges for individual or group counseling sessions.
The Counseling Center operates primarily on a brief therapy model. Although exceptions can be made, most issues are expected to be resolved in 10 sessions or less. If it is determined that more intensive services off campus are needed, the center staff will assist students in finding providers, keeping in mind special needs, transportation, and insurance considerations.
Beyond counseling services, the center staff also offers consultations assisting a concerned other (for example, parent, faculty member, roommate) in how to respond to a student with apparent mental health concerns, including, when appropriate, how to sensitively suggest the student seek professional services.
The Counseling Center employs a registered dietitian, who provides nutritional counseling, and a psychiatrist, who provides mental health medication management. There are minimal charges for these specialized services.
Students should call 310.506.4210 to make an appointment for any of these services. The Counseling Center is located in a temporary structure on Towers Road adjacent to the Rho parking lot. For after-hours emergency mental health situations, please call Public Safety at 310.506.4111. For more information, visit the Counseling Center Web site at http://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/.
All School of Public Policy students are required to purchase health insurance with U.S. coverage comparable to the University's policy or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). All new and returning Public Policy students must submit an electronic waiver annually, each fall term, as proof of insurance; otherwise they will automatically be enrolled in SHIP. The full annual premium rate for Graduate/Law Students will be charged to the student account in August. If you prefer to pay with a credit card, please enroll on-line and pay directly through Wells Fargo Insurance Services by following the link below.
The University requires health care coverage for the purpose of limiting undue financial
and academic stress related to illnesses during the academic year. A health policy
will assist in meeting not only common illnesses treated at the Student Health Center
or at a private physician's office, but also with the financial burden of illness
and accidents involving more extensive care.
Students must submit a waiver online between August 18-September 7, 2014. If a student misses the deadline, the student's account will be automatically charged and the student will be enrolled in SHIP.
To submit the electronic waiver click here.
Students may enroll in SHIP online at https://wfis.wellsfargo.com/pepperdine/Pages/default.aspx
To review University insurance requirements please go to, http://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/insurance/.
The University Insurance Committee has contracted with an insurance broker, Wells Fargo Insurance Services (WFIS). This group researched insurance options and presented Anthem Blue Cross as the optimal coverage for our student body. The University insurance policy through Anthem Blue Cross has been contracted to include the lowest premium for your benefit; however, you may purchase any policy that has comparable coverage to SHIP.
If you have any questions regarding SHIP, please call the University's insurance broker,
Wells Fargo Insurance Services, at 800.853.5899. You may also access student insurance
information online at
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center is located on the northwest corner of the Rho parking lot on Towers Road. The Student Health Center provides a wide variety of services similar to any family practice office, including care for respiratory problems, sports medicine, injuries, women's and men's health issues, dermatology, etc. The Student Health Center also administers the immunization, travel medicine, and massage programs. Information reported here is confidential and kept as part of the health record in the Student Health Center. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects disclosure of a student's health information.
The purpose of the Student Health Center is to promote the good health of students through diagnosis of illness and injury, treatment, education, and consultation. It operates on the model of an ambulatory health clinic during regular business hours. The staff of the health center includes board-certified physicians, certified physician assistants, registered nurses, a certified massage therapist, and administrative staff. Students accessing care will be charged at the time of the first visit, and follow-up visits are charged based on the complexity of the service provided. Additional charges may include labs, prescriptions, and specialty services. All charges are made as low as possible, encouraging full access to healthcare for all students. The fees will be charged to the student's account or can be paid at the time of service. A receipt will be provided to the patient at each visit. The patient can submit the receipt to his or her insurance company for reimbursement.
The Student Health Center encourages all graduate students to have health insurance, and all international students must be enrolled in a health insurance program. Pepperdine provides an affordable plan. For more information, visit the Student Health Center Web site at http://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/.
Graduate students need to update their immunization status. Although the following immunizations are not required for graduate school entry, they are strongly recommended by the American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia: Tetanus/Diphtheria (booster within 10 years); M.M.R.—Measles, Mumps, Rubella (two doses required); TB skin test (PPD) within the past year; Hepatitis B vaccine series of three; and the Meningitis (Menactra) vaccine (for those students under the age of 25). For more information regarding these immunizations, students should contact their health provider or the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, prompt "3" on the menu. Students may also visit the Web site at http://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/.
The Student Health Center offers a toll-free confidential nursing advice line 24 hours a day, PEP-RN on call, staffed by registered nurses available at 800.413.0848. Students may call this number when they have health concerns and need advice on where to seek care.
The Student Health Center sees patients by appointment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 310.506.4316. In case of a medical emergency, students should call Public Safety at 310.506.4441.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Free and confidential assessment and treatment services are available to all graduate students who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and/or drug use. For some students, these problems stem from their own misuse of alcohol and other drugs, while others might be experiencing the challenges of dealing with a friend or family member who has an alcohol or drug problem. A counselor can help students understand the causes of the problem; the relationship of alcohol and drug use to other underlying issues (for example, anxiety, depression, or relationship problems); and what options are available at Pepperdine and within the community to support their goals. To learn more about counseling related to drug and alcohol issues, students should call the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210.