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 Counseling Center

Students needing help with personal, mental, emotional, learning, or behavioral difficulties are encouraged to utilize these services. All information disclosed in sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to any individual without the student's written permission, except where required by law.

The Center is located in a temporary structure on Towers Road adjacent to the Rho parking lot, and appointments are available from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular academic year and summer sessions. The Center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

Additional information may be found on the Student Counseling Center website.

 Student Health Center

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, and dermatology. The Center also administers the immunization and travel medicine programs.

All students seeking medical care at the Student Health Center will be assessed a $70 charge the first visit each semester plus fees for service for each additional visit during the semester. Ancillary services such as medications, injections, lab work, and surgical and elective procedures are additional; all fees charged at the SHC are very reasonable, and often insurance will reimburse for costs incurred. Since health insurance is mandatory for all Seaver students, the fees for visits can be charged to the student's account and a super bill provided to submit to the insurance company for reimbursement. Students wishing to see an off-campus medical provider (physician, dentist, optometrist, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Student Health Center for referral information.

The Student Health Center sees patients by appointment only, except in emergency cases, Monday through Friday. Appointments may be made by calling x4316. In case of a medical emergency, students should call Public Safety at x4441.

Pepperdine provides students with a medical information line: PEPRN is a toll-free, confidential hotline staffed by registered nurses with physician backup. You should use this program when you wish to ask a nurse to answer a medical question or to help you make a sound decision about your medical condition. The program is designed to help you decide what steps to take depending on the information provided. PEP-RN does not make a diagnosis or provide treatment over the phone. The PEP-RN number is 1-800-413-0848.

Additional information may be found on the Student Health Center website.

 Health Insurance

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 insurance policy not only meets the needs of 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.

Each academic year all Seaver students, both domestic and international, including those studying abroad, are required to either provide proof of a U.S. based health insurance plan through the online waiver system OR enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to meet this university requirement. It is mandatory for students who choose not to enroll in SHIP to provide proof of a U.S. based health insurance plan, each academic year, through the online waiver system. It is also highly recommended that all students purchase health insurance coverage which includes care close to Malibu.

Additional information may be found on the Student Health Insurance website.

 Nutrition Services

Nutrition counseling and education is designed to help prevent nutrition-related health problems (including eating disorders, disordered eating, overweight/obesity, size prejudice, and poor nutrient intake) which can threaten students' academic and developmental success.

Nutrition Services will provide you with current information about food, nutrition and popular diets. We would like to help you adjust to the unique challenges that students face in the areas of meal planning, body image and nutritional well being.

Additional information may be found on the Nutrition Services website.