Become a Peer Health Educator

Program Information and Application Process

The Peer Health Educator Program application process occurs early winter quarter. If you are interested in applying, we ask that you join us for a required information session. 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. Please note, we have concluded our application process for the 2017-2018 academic year. We encourage you to check back fall quarter if you are interested in joining our program next year!

What you need to know

The Application and Reference Submission

  • Download the 2017-2018 Peer Health Educator Program Application
  • Identify a reference and email them with this form link (copy and paste): Reference Form Link
    • References should submit the form to PWS by 5pm Monday, January 30, 2017. Additional details can be found on the application.
  • Type the application. Be concise and professional. Please use your application to let us know who you are.
  • Submit your application by the deadlineEmail 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 will be asked to attend an interview. Additional information can be found in the program application.
  • Notification of program admittance will be sent to you before spring quarter registration starts.
  • If accepted into program, register for HLED 250. 

Overall Program Requirements – should you be selected

  • Spring 2017, Health Education 250: 4 credits with discussion section (S/U grading).
  • Fall Intensive Training: September 18-22, 2017
  • 2017-2018: Volunteer 4 to 5 hours per week in the Peer Health Educator Program for a minimum of one academic year.

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

This 4-credit class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-3:20 PM during spring quarter. A 50 min discussion section is also a component of the class (with multiple options offered to meet students' scheduling needs). The goal of the course is 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. Students receive a foundation of information and skills and will determine which topic specialty group they will work with during the following academic year.

Attend Fall Topic Specialty Training

  • Dates: All PHEs will attend 5 days (8:00 am-5 pm) of Fall TrainingSeptember 18-22, 2017.  This is your topic specialty training (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]

Students Say

"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."

"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 03.17.2017