Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a group of trained student leaders that strive to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles on campus by raising awareness and knowledge in various wellness topics.
The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion Peer Health Educators are volunteers encouraging wellness on campus. Our PHEs focus on the topics of Wellness (stress management, time management), Nutrition, Body Image, Alcohol & Other Drugs, and Sexual Health & Relationships, and Emotional Well-being. 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
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, nutrition, body image, emotional well-being, and wellness which encompasses stress management, self-care, and time management. While all PHEs will receive some education in all topic areas, you will be asked to choose one focus area during your time as a PHE.
PHEs learn to lead presentations, booth on Ring Road and at events, create promotional marketing campaigns, and more!
Additionally, PHEs have the option to take on leadership positions within the team such as social lead, fundraising lead, publication lead, and PHE program lead.
Peer Health Educators start with the course in Spring and commit to a full academic year of service through the end of the following Spring quarter.
Training to be a PHE starts in Spring with a 1.3 credit P/NP class on Fridays from 1-2:50pm. (Taking this course is a mandatory requirement for being a PHE, no exceptions.) Just prior to the start of Fall 2018, there will be a mandatory 2-day training retreat. During the academic year, Peer Health Educators sign up to assist with, prepare, and lead workshops, tabling, and large and small events.
Spring Class, Fridays Take the P/NP Peer Education Course (topic training & facilitation skills)
Pre-Fall Training Attend Refresher Retreat
Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters Attend weekly meetings, quarterly retreats, volunteer 15 hours per quarter
Recruitment begins week 1 of Winter Quarter and a hard copy of the application (application form, typed answers to questions, and resume) is due by Friday 5pm of week 5 to the front desk of the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion (3rd floor, Student Center, above Zot n Go). Selected applicants will be contacted at the end of week 7 with an interview time during either week 8 or 9. Notification emails will be sent out at the end of week 10.
Once you are accepted into the PHE program, you will be given the authorization code to enroll in 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 topic area training retreat that will prepare you for the upcoming academic year.
Many of our PHEs already have a passion for health and wellness and join the program to learn more and gain experience in the field. Our PHEs gain valuable experience in health education, public speaking, event planning, and team work. PHEs also make new friends and establish new connections on our campus. This program gives 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
-Give back to the campus community
-Have fun and make new friends!
-Connect with the CSWHP professional staff team and earn future letters of recommendation
Wellness & Peer Education Programs Manager