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
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, emotional wellbeing, 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.
Peer Health Educators commit to a full academic year of service (September 2018-June 2019).
Training to be a PHE starts in Spring of 2018 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, volunteer 15 hours per quarter
Recruitment begins week 1 of Winter Quarter and applications are due by Friday 5pm of week 5 to the CSWHP office. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview between Winter Quarter weeks 8 & 9.
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 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 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!
Wellness & Peer Education Programs Manager