The Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program is a volunteer peer health education program at the University of California San Diego. Our student leaders are an essential part of the Health Promotion Services where they are trained to educate other students about health issues and concerns through educational workshops, events, and campaigns.
Peer health educators specialize in one of the following areas:
- Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) which incorporates education on alcohol, cannabis, vaping, and other drugs
- General Health which incorporates education on stress, sleep, resilience, physical activity, healthy eating, and illness prevention
- Sexual Health which incorporates education on safer sex, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
The benefits of becoming a peer health educator include:
- Enhanced communication, decision-making and leadership skills
- Improved presentation, teaching, and facilitation skills
- Gaining extensive knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, and college health issues
- Gaining valuable experience for future employment and academic endeavors
- Being part of a skilled, fun, diverse team of students committed to providing accurate, non-judgmental health information to peers
- Opportunity to build friendships with other SHAs
- Opportunity to interact with health professionals
How to Join
We recruit new members once a year in Winter Quarter. Follow us on instagram @ucsdhps and @ucsdsha for updates.
Request a Program
If you would like to request an SHA-facilitated workshop or tabling activity, submit a program request.