Frequently Asked Questions about the Peer Health Education Program:
- What is a Peer Health Educator?
- What is involved? What is the time commitment?
- What qualifications and skills are needed?
- How do I become a Peer Health Educator?
- Are Peer Health Educators paid?
- Are there additional benefits to being a Peer Health Educator?
- Where can I get more information about the Peer Health Education program?
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:
- Application Deadline: Monday, February 26th by 5 pm
- Interviews: Monday, March 5th, evening
If you missed the General Interest Meetings, you can still apply. You will be contacted to speak with someone individually.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION
Application deadline is Monday, February 26th at 5 pm.
The online application will not be available after that time.
What is a Peer Health Educator?
Peer Health Educators are student leaders who support the health and wellness of the campus community by:
- conducting and sponsoring educational programming. (Read more about our educational workshops here.)
- disseminating accurate health information
- providing referrals to on- and off-campus services
- advocating for changes in campus policies and procedures which support student health
Peer Health Educators are expected to serve as leaders and role models in their efforts, and to serve as an extension of the professional staff of LiveWell: The Office of Health Education, Promotion, & Wellness and the Department of Health Services.
What is involved? What is the time commitment?
Candidates selected to become Peer Health Educators are required to:
- Attend a weekend training program. This program will run the evening of Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018.
This is training mandatory. No exceptions.
- Work collaboratively with professional health promotion staff to create and implement a strategic plan for the Peer Health Education program.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings. (2 hrs/week)
- Conduct outreach. (2 hrs/week)
- Present workshops. (4+/semester)
- Serve as a health information resource for the campus and provide referrals for students to on- and off- campus resources which may assist them.
- Actively promote the Peer Health Education program (outreach, postering, flyering, social media, The Torch, etc.)
- Seek out opportunities to work collaboratively with student organizations and other departments.
- Participate in training and continuing education opportunities, as identified/assigned.
- Other duties as determined and assigned as the program evolves.
Applicants for must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for a position for the 2017-2018 academic year:
- have a graduation date of May 2019 or later
- be a degree-seeking student and enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours)
- have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
- have no significant Code of Conduct violations
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. If you do not attend the session, you will be required to meet 1:1 with a Peer Health Educator or their supervisor.
- Must be committed to proactively addressing health issues relevant to college students. Topics may include, but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; sexual and reproductive health; sexual assault and dating/relationship violence; stress; sleep; nutrition; eating disorders and body image, etc.
- Must be a role model for responsible and healthy lifestyle choices
- Must be enthusiastic about educating their peers on wellness issues
- Must be able to communicate effectively with students; university faculty, staff, and administrators; and community-based organizations
- Must be able to work as part of a team and independently (“be a self-starter”)
- Must coordinate multiple tasks and responsibilities, using good time management skills
- Must possess a positive work attitude
- Must be dependable and responsible
- Must not be afraid to ask questions or say “I don’t know”
- Previous student leadership, peer education, event planning and/or health education-related experience is helpful, but not mandatory
Students interested in becoming Peer Health Educators must complete an application and interview process. Recruitment takes place once a year in the spring for entry into the program the following fall. See important dates & deadlines above!
- Be recognized as a student leader and positive role model
- Develop skills in organization, presentation, communication, and group facilitation
- Gain experience for professional development and/or graduate school (It looks great on a resume!)
- Gain extensive knowledge regarding health issues
- Meet, help, and serve others
- Be a part of a skilled, award-winning leadership team
- Make new friends
- Have the opportunity to participate in campus committees and continuing education activities