Public Health

Meet the Program in Public Health Peer Academic Advisors!  Soon to be the School of Population and Public Health, they can help you explore strategies for healthy living from a science and/or policy perspective. 

Josie Fermin

★ Lead Peer Academic Advisor

Major(s): Public Health Policy
Minor(s): Criminology, Law, and Society
Hometown: Anaheim, CA

* Public Health Association (2020-2022)
* Health and Justice Advocates (2021-2022)
* Knit and Crochet Enthusiast

Why do you love UCI?

UCI has the best environment! I love walking through Aldrich to take a quick route to classes that otherwise would take me ages to get to or to simply slow down to clear my mind while I eat my lunch surrounded by beautiful scenery. UCI is so special to me because of the relationships I have had the joy of building with my peers, faculty, and mentors. I am beyond grateful for the patience and support that I find in these relationships and they have inspired me to continue sharing what I have learned.

How can you be a successful Anteater?

A successful Anteater is someone who is bold. Whether it’s applying for a research position, an internship, or even joining a club, there is an opportunity for everyone to grow and connect at UCI. While navigating these opportunities may seem overwhelming at first, there is a community of supportive mentors and peers whose goal is to uplift and guide you through your journey. Ultimately, the best piece of advice I can give is to enjoy your time here, prioritize your mental and physical health, and take a shot at every interest you come across!

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I love to read books and compare them to their on-screen adaptations. I love hearing my family and friends’ perspectives and having a discussion about the director’s choices.