HPRG Students

Graduate (PhD) Students

100198331Kimberly Sánchez, MPH, is a first-year Public Health PhD graduate student at UC Merced. She received a triple B.A. in Spanish, Public Health, and Psychology at UC Merced and completed a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Community Health Education at CSU Long Beach. Her research interests include immigrant health, specifically how policies affect the health of undocumented Latinos as well as research on obesity prevention. After receiving her Ph.D., she hopes to continue conducting research to improve access to resources and health among minority populations.


Undergraduate Student Research Assistants

2X1A0996Andgielika Sales is senior at UC Merced from Stockton, CA. Current activities include 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. In high school, was involved in the Students In Prevention program which raised awareness in mental health, suicide prevention, and drug prevention among children. 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.

sli.jpgSophia Li is a fourth-year Public Health transfer student at UC Merced. Currently, she tutors 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.