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Student Health Advocates

​The Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program is a volunteer peer health education program at UC San Diego. The SHAs are an essential part of the Health Promotions Services and Student Health Services departments.

SHAs are trained to educate other students about health issues and concerns through educational workshops, events, and campaigns. The SHA Program is also a registered student organization on campus and has been twice voted "Most Outstanding Student Organization".

Visit the SHA Website to:

  • Learn more about the SHA Program and the services they offer the campus community
  • Request services such as workshops and educational tablings
  • Find out how to get involved with the SHA Program
  • Discover information about our events and campaigns

Join the Student Health Advocate Program

The Student Health Advocate Program is recruiting new members in Winter Quarter 2016! 
Save the date to attend any one of the Application Information Sessions to learn more about the program and to get an application -- dates and times listed below.​  

Monday 1/25/2016 at 10:00AM
Tuesday 1/26/2016 at 5:00PM
Wednesday 1/27/2016 at 7:00PM
Thursday 1/28/2016 at 12:30PM
Friday 1/29/2016 at 11:00AM

Monday 2/1/2016 at 12:00PM
Tuesday 2/2/2016 at 6:30PM
Wednesday 2/3/2016 at 6:00PM
Thursday 2/4/2016 at 2:00PM
​​Friday 2/5/2016 at 3:00PM

All sessions are held at Student Health Services, Murray's Place Conference Room (2nd Floor).

For any sessions after 4:00PM, please enter using the back staircase by the Student Health Services parking lot.

Sessions typically run approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive on time.

Visit the SHA website​ for more information about Winter Quarter Recruitment​, including information about the SHA Mixer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for an SHA?
If selected for the SHA Program, a mandatory quarter-long training is required. After training, students are required to volunteer for a minimum of 30 hours per quarter for three quarters, developing, promoting and implementing health education programs.

I am currently a senior and will be graduating this year. Can I still apply to the SHA Program?
Unfortunately, if you will be graduating this academic year you will not be able to apply to the SHA Program. This is because a mandatory quarter-long training is required before becoming an active SHA. This training occurs in Spring Quarter, thus you must still be a student next year in order to volunteer with the SHA Program.

Will there be some sort of training if I am selected for the SHA Program?
Yes. A quarter-long, no-credit training class in the Spring is required. This comprehensive training is based on a lecture series from a variety of disciplines and covers leadership skill building in addition to health topics.

What are the benefits of being an SHA?

  • 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


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Erica Okamura
SHA Program Director