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".
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If you have a passion for promoting health and well-being, an interest in peer education, and a desire to develop your leadership skills, then the SHA Program is for you. Applications are accepted once each year, at the start of winter quarter. Check back for details!
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?
Contact Erica Okamura, SHA Program Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (858)534-1824