About Us

The Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program is a volunteer peer health education program at the University of California San Diego. SHAs are an essential part of the Health Promotion Services and Student Health Services departments where they 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 selected as the "Most Outstanding Student Organization".

SHAs specialize in one of the following areas:

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
SHAs who specialize in AOD present workshops on alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, table at the quarterly Bear Gardens, and plan AOD awareness events and campaigns.

General Health

These SHAs facilitate fitness assessments, present workshops on nutrition, stress management, sleep, and healthy cooking, and plan general health awareness events and campaigns.

Sexual Health

These SHAs facilitate the Sexual Health Information Sessions at Student Health Services, present workshops on safer sex, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and plan sexual health awareness events and campaigns.


The benefits of becoming a Student Health Advocate 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.

Learn more about how you can get involved with the SHA Program by visiting our recruitment page.



Contact Us

Erica Okamura, M.A.
SHA Program Director
eokamura@ucsd.edu | 858.534.1824