Specialty Care

To better serve your medical needs, as well as save you the time and hassle of travel, the Student Health Center offers a number of on-site Specialty Medical Services. Some of these Specialists may require a referral from one of our Primary Care providers, while others do not. However, they all require an appointment. You can speak with your provider in the General Medical Clinic to determine if you need a referral to see one of the specialists listed below. If your SHC provider refers you for specialty medical services that are not offered on-site, then you will be referred to either UCI Medical Center, another UCI Health affiliated provider or to a community provider that is convenient for the patient and who is in the SHIP PPO network.

Dear Students:

UCI Student Health Center is in the process of updating this webpage to provide more detailed information and resources regarding gender-affirming care and the services offered to our non-binary, transgender and gender-diverse students. Our team of gender-affirming care providers and nursing staff are here to holistically support the physical, mental health and social health care needs of non-binary, gender-diverse and/or transgender persons in a welcoming, respectful, safe, secure, confidential and inclusive environment that affirms their gender identity. Please visit this webpage regularly as more information is provided.

Please note that the UCI Counseling Center provides gender affirming mental health services for the holistic mental health needs of the transgender/nonbinary community. These services include, but are not limited to, assessment for letters to support gender affirming hormone treatments and surgeries. The UCI Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center provides a wide range of education and advocacy services supporting intersectional identity development and fostering community, wellness, an open and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, queer, asexual, ally, and questioning students, faculty, staff. 

Additional information and resources can be found below including the Counseling Center and LGBTRC websites as well as information regarding gender-affirming services and benefits covered by UC SHIP.

We are truly fortunate at the UCI Student Health Center to have the on-site services of two full-time Board Certified providers who have certificates of added qualifications (CAQ's) in Sports Medicine. Whether it was getting body-checked at that broom ball game, or the epic wipeout you took while surfing, this clinic attends to patients referred for a wide variety of joint, back, or muscle symptoms and/or injuries. You may request an appointment with one of our Sports Medicine providers directly.


Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders have on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are specially trained in manipulation of the spine and extremities, as well as recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractors provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and other diagnostic methods.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint function by manually applying a controlled force into joints to restore normal alignment and movement. Diagnosis and treatment is not limited to spinal conditions. Chiropractic doctors are often consulted for conditions of the extremities including, but not limited to, the shoulders, hips and knees. A chiropractic treatment program may include manipulation, deep tissue techniques, application of kinesio-tape, instrument assisted soft tissue and/or manipulation, cold laser treatments and orthotics.

Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition or the condition warrants co-management with other members of the health care team.

Chiropractic Interns are in their last year of their doctoral program and they rotate on a 12 month basis. While on rotation at the Student Health Center, the interns treat patients under the supervision of a licensed chiropractor.

Many students enter UCI with an ongoing or chronic medical condition (Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma, etc.) which typically requires regular care, testing, and management. In some cases, these conditions may develop and become diagnosed during your time here at UCI. The Primary Care team is staffed with Board Certified Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatric providers who are experienced and trained to manage even the most complicated of health and chronic disease conditions. Even if your particular health condition requires the support of a Specialist (Endocrinology, Neurology, Allergist, etc.), it is important that you be seen and followed by one of our Primary Care providers, who may serve to help maintain, monitor, and coordinate your care.

If you have an urgent health problem, we will do our best to provide you with a same day appointment. In addition, you may choose to walk-in and see if a medical clinic, specialty clinic or nurse triage clinic appointment slot is available at that time. If no appointments are available at SHC during normal hours of operation and your health problem is urgent or emergent, you will be referred either to a nearby urgent care center or hospital emergency room that is in the SHIP PPO network.