Santa Clara University

Public Health Science

Featured Alumni

anton3Anton Avancena (BS in Public Health Science, ’12) was the 2012 recipient of the Senior Prize in Public Health. The Senior Prize is given to the graduating senior who exemplifies academic scholarship and community outreach. Anton transferred to SCU from Ateneo de Manila University, a Jesuit University in Manila, Phillipines. A native Filipino, Anton chose SCU to pursue his passion in Public Health and Social Justice partly because of the PHS program and partly because his older sister attended SCU. Anton chose an internship opportunity with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department where he worked primarily with sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and outreach. Now that he has graduated, Anton works for the State Department of Public Health on HIV prevention and education outreach. He is also studying to get his HIV testing counselor certification. His advice for current PHS students to prepare them for the workforce is to 1) Take full advantage of your internship. Choose a position that allows you to get involved in the project, not just observe. 2) If you get more than one internship opportunity, take it. 3) If you are interested in global health, learn a language, either Spanish or French. 4) Take the Grant writing class as your advanced writing. Anton is now preparing to apply to graduate programs in Global Health with an emphasis in sexually transmitted diseases.

Two SCU public health students from Professor Sally Lehrman's COMM 149 Science News course had articles published in the online edition of the San Jose Mercury News. Congratulations Stephanie & Emily and thanks to Professor Lehrman!

Stephanie Yanaga ('14 Public Health Science/Biology)

Across the street from Debbie Cullati Meza's San Jose home sits a fast-food chain restaurant -- one of many in the Washington-Alma area. Its bright drive-thru menu can easily be seen from the dining room, and it is a constant reminder of the foods that Meza is trying to avoid. Read more here


Emily Robinson ('14 Biochemistry major & Public Health minor)

wrote about "Hepatitis B fight: Stanford University students, Silicon Valley team up to fight infection". Read more here