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Department ofPublic Health

Sarah Hays

Sarah Hays

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer and Valeriote Goldman Program Manager

  • B.A 1999 Cornell College
  • M.A. 2003 Santa Clara University
  • M.P.H 2012 Benedictine University

Sarah Hays has been with the Public Health Program since 2014 and brings over 15 years of experience at Santa Clara University, having served in both the College of Arts & Science and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Sarah holds a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Health Psychology emphasis from Santa Clara University and a Master of Public Health with certifications in Health Education & Promotion and Disaster Management from Benedictine University. She recently returned to the classroom as a doctoral student, pursuing her EdD in Social Justice Leadership where her focus is on mindfulness in servant leadership and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates. 

During her MPH program, Sarah participated in an intensive internship experience, creating a series of short health education courses to be presented to non-English speakers during humanitarian medical missions. These courses were piloted during a medical humanitarian trip to India, where she served as the health education provider and later adapted the health modules for use during future missions, including those Sarah worked in Cambodia and Haiti.

Sarah teaches PHSC 139 and PHSC 197 which focus on the internship requirement for all public health majors, bridging the academic and aspirational goals of every student to find a meaningful experience that moves theory to practice. Sarah also serves as the program manager for the Valeriote Goldman Public Health Leadership Program. In this role, Sarah supports the Public Health Program and each year’s community leaders and students from the application process through graduation.


  • PHSC 139 Experiential Learning in Public Health

  • PHSC 197 Internship
Valeriote Goldman Symposium: Public Health & Social Justice