Student Health Advocates

The Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program is a volunteer peer health education program and is an essential part of the Health Education team at UCSD Student Health Services.

SHAs are trained to educate other students about health issues through educational outreach programs on campus and in the community. The SHA Program is a registered student organization and was twice voted "Most Outstanding Student Organization".

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Visit the SHA website to...
  • Find out how you can get involved with the SHA Program
  • Learn about all the services we offer, including FREE health education programs for your group or organization
  • Discover information about our health events & campaigns
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Fast Facts About the SHA Program

Who can apply to become an SHA?

Current UCSD undergraduate students of any major or college may apply. All we ask is that you have an interest in health education and a few hours of your time to give each week.

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 would 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 usually occurs in Spring Quarter, thus you must still be a student next year in order to volunteer with the SHA Program.

What is the time commitment for being 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 three quarters, developing, promoting and implementing health education programs.

What are the benefits of being an SHA?

There are many benefits of being an SHA, some of which are shared below.

  • Enhanced communication, decision-making and leadership skills
  • Improved presentation, teaching, and facilitation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, and college health issues
  • Valuable experience for future employment, academic endeavors, and professional licensure
  • Being part of a skilled, fun, diverse team of students committed to providing accurate, non-judgmental health information to peers on campus and youth in the community
  • Questions about the SHA Program?

    Contact Erica Okamura, Peer Health Education Coordinator at or (858) 534-1824.