Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a group of trained student leaders that strive to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles by raising awareness and knowledge in the topic areas of wellness, alcohol & other drugs and sexual health and relationships. 

The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion Peer Health Educators are volunteers encouraging wellness on campus. Our PHEs focus on the topics of Wellness, Alcohol & Other Drugs, and Sexual Health & Relationships. Our PHEs serve the UC Irvine Campus through:

  •  Campus events and outreach
  •  Facilitating workshops
  •  Developing health materials and passive campaigns
  •  Serving as health advocates

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are PHEs?

UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion Peer Health Educators (PHEs) provide information to the campus communities about health and wellness. While PHEs encourage, endorse, and promote healthy norms and behaviors, they also challenge and confront unhealthy social norms and individual behaviors. The health topics PHEs focus on include: alcohol/tobacco/other drugs, sexual health/healthy relationships, and wellness which encompasses stress management, self-care, time management, and financial wellness. While all PHEs will receive some education in all topic areas, you will be asked to choose one focus area (alcohol, sexual health, or wellness).

What is the commitment of being a PHE?

Peer Health Educators commit to a full academic year of service (September 2017-June 2018).

Training to be a PHE starts in Spring of 2017 with a 1.3 credit class on Fridays 3-4:50pm. Prior to Fall 2017, during Week 0, there will be a mandatory training to attend. During the academic year, Peer Health Educators sign up to assist with and lead workshops, tabling, and large and small events.                    Class/Trainings/Meetings

Spring Class, Fridays                         Take the P/NP Peer Education Course (topic training & facilitation skills)

Fall Training, Week 0                        Attend Refresher Retreat Training

Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters          Attend weekly meetings, meet minimum involvement requirements

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How can I become a PHE?

Recruitment for the program begins week 3 of Winter Quarter. Selected applicants will be contacted via email to schedule an interview between Winter Quarter week 8 & 9.

What happens once I am accepted into the PHE program?

Once you are accepted into the PHE program, you will receive more information on the 1.3 unit Peer Health Educator course that will be offered in Spring Quarter. The class explores behavior change, health issues that college students experience, effective listening and communication and best practices in health promotion and outreach. Just before the start of Fall Quarter, you will be required to attend an intensive two day training session and will prepare you for the upcoming academic year.

What are the benefits of being a PHE?

Many of our PHEs already have an interest and passion in health and join the program to learn more about health and work with their fellow peers. Our PHEs gain valuable experience in public speaking, health education and project management. Many of our students make new friends and establish new connection on our campus. This program give students the opportunity to:

-Develop leadership skills

-Improve their communication and listening skills

-Gain a better understand of health and wellness

-Improve their public speaking and outreach skills

-Have fun and be creative!


Natalie D’Azzo
Wellness & Peer Education Programs Manager