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 Monday, January 30 at 5:00 pm. If you are interested in applying, we ask that you join us for a required information session (dates/times/locations below). 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.

Information Sessions

Wednesday, January 11 at 4pm in VU 460 | Thursday, January 12 at 2pm in VU 460
Tuesday, January 17th at 4pm in VU 460 | Wednesday, January 18th at 12pm in VU 460
Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm in VU 460 | Thursday, January 19th at 3pm in VU 462B
Tuesday, January 24th at 12pm in VU 460 | Wednesday, January 25th at 1pm in VU 460
Wednesday, January 25th at 5pm in VU 460 | Thursday, January 26th at 4pm in VU 460

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 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 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. Registration for Spring Quarter begins on February 21.

Overall Program Requirements – should you be selected

  • Spring 2016, Health Education 250: 4 credits with discussion section (S/U grading).
  • Fall Intensive Training: September 18-22, 2017
  • 2016-2017: 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)

  • 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 2 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: All PHEs will attend 5 days (8:00 am-5 pm) of Fall Training: September 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]

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Risk Reduction (AOD)
  • Body Empowerment (Health at Every Size, body positivity)
  • Peer Sexual Health Education
    • One-on-One Session Sexual Health Educators
    • Sexual Health Outreach
  • 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 12.15.2016