HPRG Alumni

2019-2020 Undergraduate Alumni

Sophia Li is a fourth-year Public Health transfer student at UC Merced. Currently, she sli.jpgtutors students who struggle academically due to cultural and language differences. She has previously worked as an ambassador for the UC Global Health Institute’s Planetary Health Center of Expertise, which seeks to create and support healthy environments through education and outreach. She hopes to pursue a joint MPH and MPP, and a Ph.D in Public Health.

2X1A0996Andgielika Sales graduated from UC Merced and is from Stockton, CA. As a student, her activities included volunteering at the Merced County Public Health Department, interning at UC Merced’s Campus Activities Board , being actively involved in her community volunteering on her free time, and working at the university Career Center. As a native citizen of the Philippines, Andgie hopes to return to her home country and use her education to improve the Public Health Department by making nutritional information and resources more accessible to low-income families. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Public Health or Public Administration.


Jessica Hernandez is a third-year undergraduate student at UC Merced majoring in Public Health. Currently, Jessica holds a leadership position in an on-campus organization known as Global Medical Training where free medical and dental services are provided to medically deprived communities in Central America. She is also an active member of Delta Epsilon Mu, a professional pre-health co-ed fraternity, and is a student assistant who works on campus. In the future, Jessica aspires to attend graduate school and obtain a Master’s or PhD degree in Health Administration or Public Health. Her ultimate goal is to give back to her community and promote health education to underserved communities.

2017-2018 Undergraduate Alumni


Maria Rivas Reyes graduated from the University of California, Merced majoring in Public Health. She was funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct research on health care access among Mexican immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley. She currently interns at Livingston Community Health Center. Maria is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health that impact the adverse health outcomes of vulnerable populations. After graduating, she plans to work on projects relating to health policy and health education before pursuing a PhD in Public Health.


Jovo Velasco graduated from the University of California, Merced majoring in Public Health and minoring in Psychology.  Since high school, he has been interested in Public Health; working with the San Joaquin Public Health Department and University of the Pacific to address health disparities among Latinos with diabetes. Jovo is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and aspires to be a Public Health Director in the future.

AkhilaAkhila Yechuri graduated with a B.A. in Public Health from UC Merced in August 2018. Her interests include health policy and human rights issues. She currently works for the Oakland Unified School District, with the McKinney-Vento and Behavioral Health teams to create literacy programming for students who are homeless and highly-mobile. She was awarded a Fulbright- Nehru Research Award to conduct research on health disparities among Hindu and Muslim women, after which she plans to pursue a J.D./M.P.H.