Santa Clara University

Wellness Center
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Peer Health Education Program

What is a Peer Health Educator?

The mission of the Peer Health Education (PHE) Program is to provide an effective peer network to encourage, support, and advance healthful living for all SCU students. As a PHE, you will have the unique opportunity to learn the most current information on a variety of health-related topics including general wellness, eating disorders, body image, nutrition, stress management, alcohol and substance abuse, and healthy relationships. In addition, PHEs will be trained to facilitate interactive presentations, discussions, workshops, and health education events for SCU students within the RLCs, classrooms, and student organizations. PHEs will gain important leadership skills, develop teaching and public speaking skills, and have the opportunity to work with other students and campus staff and faculty. We welcome all SCU students regardless of major or class year, although the PHEs have historically been undergraduate students.

What's in it for me?

Becoming a Peer Health Educator has many rewards, including...

  • Improved leadership and communication skills
  • Program planning and presentation skills
  • Increased knowledge about a wide range of health topics
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the health of SCU students
  • Recognition for volunteerism and service learning
  • Interaction and collaboration with various campus organizations
  • Resume enhancement
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Continued course credit is available through the PHE Practicum  (PHSC 198) for active PHEs (1 unit per quarter, excluding summer)

Exciting campus-wide events and awareness campaigns you can help with as a PHE:

  • Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Stay Well Fair
  • Celebrate Every Body Week (body image awareness & eating disorder)
  • Tunnel of Oppression/Tunnel of Hope
  • "Dietician is in"

The Application Process:

1) Peer Health Education (PHSC 196), a 2-unit course that is required for all Peer Health Educators, will be offered Winter Quarter on MW 4:00-5:15. It is a competitive class to get into, so please give care and thought to your application and reasons for wanting to become a PHE.

2) Applications are due by mid-fall for the upcoming winter quarter class. The due date for the Winter 2015 class is TBD (mid-November).

3) Please fill out and return the application to the PHE Vice President at *Note: You can type directly onto this form. You may submit the application at any time, though it will not be considered until mid-November prior to the class.

4) If your application is selected, you will be asked to come in for an interview with PHE officers.

5)  For more information, please contact PHE Vice President or Dr. Alison Bateman  (PHE Advisor). 

If you need more information, please direct any questions to:


Gigi Groener '15


Caroline de Bie '15

Vice President

Jessica Riedstra '15



Devon Schoos '17


Misja Ilcisin '16



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