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Director's Welcome

About SHCS

Welcome to the Student Health and Counseling Services website!

I hope that during your time here at Cal State San Marcos, you can benefit from all the services we have to offer and more.  You can learn to be healthy not only by coming to the Health Center, but also through our website and our outreach efforts.  From time to time, we will try to reach you on campus and remind you to make healthy choices alongside your busy student life.  You can check us out on Facebook or Twitter, to see the latest news, events or programs.

Studies demonstrate a significant connection between academic performance and nutrition, physical activity, alcohol use, and violence.  Students who develop a healthy lifestyle in an environment that supports healthy choices will likely have the best academic outcomes.

The professionals that serve our students are dedicated to providing services in a warm, caring, and professional environment.  We, along with the other Student Development Services units hold to the Wellness Model for success.  We want to provide a proactive approach to living for our students, and to help them make positive choices in creating and promoting healthy lifestyles.

I encourage you to visit the clinic, use our services, ask questions, and to engage your mind, body, and soul as you journey to your academic success and beyond.  

If you have a compliment, suggestion or complaint regarding our staff or services that was provided, please complete the Patient Suggestion Form and email us or fax it to us at 760-750-3181. Thank you for visiting our site and helping us provide great care for you.


Dr. Karen Nicholson, MD, MPH
Director, Student Health and Counseling Services