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MA TESOL Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) is committed to providing high quality, low-cost health care to our diverse community of students. Their primary focus is to keep the students healthy by providing preventative care, timely treatment of disease, and making appropriate referrals when necessary. They emphasize health education and aim to provide care in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment. They encourage honest, open communication and dedicate themselves to perpetuating the wellness of the whole being-Mind, Body and Spirit.

The SHC functions similarly to a family practice office and provides a wide variety of services, which include care for respiratory problems, women's and men's health, dermatology, immunizations, labs, in-house testing, nutrition, and massage therapy. In addition, the SHC offers specialized clinics such as flu vaccination, travel medicine, allergy, and STI testing. All information reported at the health center is confidential and protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of health information. 

Health Insurance Requirement

The University requires that all students are enrolled in a U.S. based insurance plan. Each academic year all GSEP students registered on the Malibu campus both domestic and international 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). It is highly recommended that these students purchase a health insurance plan which includes local care close to Malibu. If these students choose not to enroll in SHIP it is mandatory they provide proof of a U.S. based health insurance plan each academic year through the online waiver system.

Non-degree and Exchange Students are not required to provide proof of health insurance coverage and are not eligible to purchase SHIP.

GSEP students registered on non-Malibu campuses are required to carry health insurance but are not required to provide proof of a health insurance plan and are not eligible for SHIP. Information on State Exchange Plans can be found at https://www.healthcare.gov.

F1 international students on non-Malibu campuses are eligible to purchase the University Health Insurance (SHIP) by calling USI Insurance Services at 800-853-5899. Enrollments will be paid by credit card over the phone.

Graduating students enrolled in SHIP the term of graduation will have the option to enroll in one additional semester of the plan by calling USI Insurance Services directly at 800-853-5899 and making payment by credit card by the enrollment deadline.



Immunization Requirements

In order to assure you are fully protected, you may use your Patient Portal to complete your online Health History Form, enter dates of university required immunizations, and upload documentation of required immunizations in English. The Student Health Center medical staff will review your information and inform you of any additional vaccines or testing you may need. You may receive your vaccinations in your home country before you arrive on campus or you may receive your vaccines at the Health Center. 


Additional Resources

Patient Portal: https://pepperdine.medicatconnect.com/
List of required immunizations: https://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/preventativecare/immunizations.htm
Instructions to complete the Health History Form and Immunizations Requirement: https://community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter/newstudents.htm