Become a Peer Health Educator

Program Information and Application Process

Recruitment for the Peer Health Educator Program occurs during the month of January with applications due the first week of February (exact date/time will be posted fall quarter). If you are interested in applying, we ask that you join us for a required information session (dates/times/locations will be added below as they are finalized). Program application will be posted to our site no earlier than January 4th. The selection of new Peer Health Educators is completed in time for spring registration. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please email pws@wwu.eduor call 360-650-2993.

What you need to know

The Application

  • Download the 2016-2017 Peer Health Educator Program Application
  • Type the application. Be concise and professional. Please use your application to let us know who you are.
  • Submit your application by the deadline. Email your application (in a Word or PDF format) to Call 360-650-2993 if you have any questions.
  • During the selection process for provisional program admittance, you may be asked to attend an interview. If you are selected to attend an interview, you will be contacted as soon as possible.
  • Notification of program admittance will be sent to you before spring quarter registration starts.
  • If accepted into program, register for HLED 250. Registration for Spring Quarter begins on February 24.

Overall Program Requirements – should you be selected

  • Spring 2016, Health Education 250: 4 credits with discussion section (S/U grading).
  • Fall Intensive Training: September 12-16, 2016.
  • 2016-2017: Volunteer 4 to 5 hours per week in the Peer Health Educator Program for a minimum of one academic year.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above. [We are not looking for only “A” students. We want to ensure you are succeeding academically and have adequate time to focus on your course work.]

The Spring Foundation Training Course - Health Education 250 (HLED 250)

  • Day, time & location: Tuesday and Thursday | 2:00-3:20 PM | Location TBD
  • Goal: To empower students to enhance their own health and the health of Western’s Community by mastering and personally applying the theories and strategies presented in this course.
  • Class requirements: •Attend all class sessions Attend weekly discussion group (1 hour per week, to be arranged first week of class) Participate in community service experience (6-8 hours long) with associated reflection assignment Complete a one-time meeting with your assigned PWS staff memberComplete a topic specialty application – includes completion of prerequisites for each of your top 3 areas of your choice. [Prerequisites may include attendance of a program or workshop presented by current Peer Health Educators and/or attending an interview.]

Attend Fall Topic Specialty Training

  • Dates: Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 16th, 2016 (school begins the week after)
  • Process & Outcomes: Small and large group training providing team building, communication and facilitation skills, in-depth knowledge of content in topic specialty.

Current opportunities for service in the Peer Health Educator Program [selection made in HLED 250]

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Risk Reduction (AOD)
  • Body Empowerment (nutrition, stress, activity, sleep & general health)
  • Peer Sexual Health Education
    • Female Health Educators
    • Sexual Health Outreach
    • STI Educators
  • THRIVE (positive mental health, stigma reduction of asking for help)
  • Western’s Empowerment and Violence Education (WEAVE)

Benefits of the Peer Health Educator Program

Short Term

  • Increased knowledge and skills to enhance personal and community health and safety
  • Practical work experience
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Expanded support system
  • A community of people with similar interests; friends
  • Hands on experience in your topic group
  • A “place” you belong at Western
  • Opportunity to apply classroom learning to real life

Students say:

  • The class is amazing, you learn so much about your peers, yourself, and so many interesting topics.
  • The other people in the program are incredible and you get to be part of a really great community.
  • You get to contribute to the health and wellness of Western which is very rewarding.
  • It's one of the most worthwhile ways to spend your time. And honestly, while there's a high level of responsibility it's not that hard and so much fun.

Long Term

  • Commitment to community health and social justice for all people
  • Informed health consumer who is able to assist family, friends, colleagues, employees and students with understanding health information
  • Concrete portfolio of experiences for work and graduate school applications
  • Future network of friends
  • Increased understanding of connection between personal health, social justice and the health of the community
  • Increased leadership skills

Students say:

  • The training you receive will stay with you your whole life, even if you don't work with that subject matter again. The fact that you know about resources, how to seek them out, how to utilize them, and how to refer others so they can receive the help they need is something that will be valuable in whatever you do with your life.
  • The core staff members are a group of amazing people and the nature of the program allows you to develop meaningful relationships with them and they can serve as excellent references for you.
  • Looks great on your resume!


Page Updated 07.22.2016