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As part of the University’s efforts to provide more holistic care for Pepperdine students, Pepperdine will begin offering significantly expanded mental health, physical health, and fitness programs beginning fall 2022. To support this initiative, the University has introduced a mandatory Wellness Fee for all Pepperdine students and eliminated most health and wellness fees students currently pay. Students who have not completed their degrees and have paid the wellness fee in the fall and spring semesters will maintain access to service during the summer.

As part of this initiative, offerings by Pepperdine departments will be enhanced, and additional telehealth services are being added. Most other fees, including Student Health Center fees, psychiatry fees, fitness class fees, and intramural fees, will be eliminated. This community-based model of wellness makes resources available to all Pepperdine students regardless of location. The table of wellness services and programs below highlights all offerings beginning this fall. 

Malibu students pay a higher wellness fee due to readily available access to in-person Malibu-based programs and services. Online students and students at other campuses will pay a reduced Wellness Fee because they generally will not be able to access in-person services. However, they will still be able to access the wide range of online and telehealth services and are permitted to use services offered on the Malibu campus when in the Malibu area (e.g. students attending international programs prior to their departure, West L.A. students who visit Malibu).

Wellness Services and Programs

Medical Care Malibu Other US Pepperdine Campuses 
(Including Washington, DC) and Online Programs
International Programs (Except Washington, DC)
No charge primary care medical visits in-person at SHC X   Provided by IP
No charge for 24/7 scheduled or on-demand primary care telehealth visits X X Provided by IP
No charge for Pepperdine required immunizations X    
No charge in house diagnostic testing X   Provided by IP
No charge procedures done in the SHC X    
No charge online nutrition classes X X X
No charge dietitian appointments X    
No charge pre-departure IP physical if done at SHC     X
No charge required immunizations for IP if done at SHC     X

 

Mental Health Malibu Other US Pepperdine campuses 
(Including Washington, DC) and Online Programs
International Programs (Except Washington, DC)
No charge in-person counseling visits at Counseling Center X   Provided by IP as available
No charge telehealth counseling sessions X X X
No charge Pepperdine psychiatry visits X   Provided by IP 
No charge psychiatry telehealth visits X X Provided by IP 
No charge for counseling related assessments when working with Pepperdine counselors X X Provided by IP
No charge 24/7 on demand, mental health coaching/crisis management X X X
No charge mental health online workshops X X X
No charge online meditation training X X X
No charge premium access to mental health app X X X
No charge case management services through Student Care Team X X X

 

Resilience Training/ Additional Support Malibu Other US Pepperdine campuses 
(Including Washington, DC) and Online Programs
International Programs (Except Washington, DC)
No charge in-person resilience coaching X    
No charge in-person resilience groups X    
No charge online group resilience coaching X X X
No charge online individual resilience coaching X X X
No charge resilience special events and programs X    
No charge in-person resilience coaching X    

 

Fitness/Recreation Malibu Other US Pepperdine Campuses 
(Including Washington, DC) and Online Programs
International Programs (Except Washington, DC)
No charge use of new Pepperdine Fitness Center X    
Reduced fee fitness membership     Dependent on IP Program
No charge in-person fitness classes through Campus Recreation X    
No charge online fitness classes through Campus Recreation X X X
No charge for intramural sports (team deposits apply) X    
No charge outdoor recreation single day excursions  X    
No charge outdoor equipment rentals (deposits apply) X    
No charge for community active wellness challenges X X X
No charge online yoga X X X


Excluded Health and Wellness Costs

Some services and fees are not covered by the Wellness Fee, including but not limited to the following:

  • Laboratory tests sent to outside labs
  • Prescribed medications
  • X-ray imaging
  • Transport by an ambulance
  • Durable medical equipment (such as canes, crutches, or braces)
  • Hospital and surgical care
  • Specialist care, or any medical care provided outside the Student Health Center and our covered telehealth partners
  • Intensive outpatient mental health treatment
  • Residential or inpatient mental health treatment
  • Any other mental health services that are outside of Pepperdine or the telehealth partnership
  • Club sports fees
  • Diagnostic psychological testing or assessments  (for other than Pepperdine counseling purposes)
  • Overnight outdoor trips and excursions
  • Massages