SHAC - Student Health and Counseling


The integrated Samuel Merritt University SHAC (Student Health & Counseling Center) aims to provide top quality physical and mental health care under one roof. Read more about the SHAC here.


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Our health professionals recognize that good health is more than the absence of illness, but rather a robust state of well-being that acknowledges the importance and inseparability of the mind-body relationship. Together we work with you to promote healthy lifestyle choices, encourage a holistic philosophy and balance to life for healthy living and academic success.

Whether you are enrolled in the SMU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan or you maintain alternate health insurance coverage, SHAC offers a variety of free or very low cost physical and mental health services to all matriculated SMU students. SHAC is an important part of the Division of Enrollment and Student Services at SMU. Together, our nurse practitioners, psychologists and administrative staff are committed to enhancing your health and well-being. We invite you to make our center a part of your SMU experience.

Available student health services:

  • Acute outpatient health care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Continuity of care for chronic illness
  • Women's Health; GYN & Family Planning
  • Health care screening/assessment
  • PPD skin tests for tuberculosis screening
  • Immunizations
  • Specialty referrals
  • Health & Wellness consultation

Available counseling services:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couple's Counseling (*both individuals need to be SMU students)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Outreach & Presentations
  • Mental Health Screenings
  • Local 12-Step Groups
  • Off-Campus Referrals


Flu Vaccination Policy:

Samuel Merritt University, an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, adopts Sutter Health’s policy in flu vaccination.  All Samuel Merritt University students must have an annual flu vaccine during each flu season.   Students who decline flu vaccine must wear a mask when they are in clinicals.  Students are informed that if they refuse to get their annual flu vaccine, it may affect their ability to practice in a clinical location and prevent a student from progressing in her/his academic program.