Peer Health Educator (PHE) Program
The Peer Health Educator (PHE) Program, is the student-based health promotion and education organization at Santa Clara University, operating out of the SCU Wellness Center (located at 862 Market Street, across from Dunne Hall).
The mission of the Peer Health Education 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 to participate, regardless of major or class year, although the PHEs have historically been undergraduate students.
Peer Health Educators put on and participate in campus-wide events and awareness campaigns, including:
- Alcohol Awareness Week
- Stay Well Fair
- Celebrate Every Body Week (body image awareness & eating disorder)
- Tunnel of Oppression/Tunnel of Hope
- "Dietician is in"
Becoming a PHE 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)
Joining the Peer Health Education Program requires each candidate submit the PHE Application in order to be selected for an interview. Every Peer Health Educator is required to take a 2-unit course offered during Winter Quarter.
Joining the Peer Health Educators requires an application process for each interested candidate:
- Please fill out and return the PHE Application to the PHE Vice President at PHEVicePresident@gmail.com.
*Note: You can type directly onto this form.
- If a student's application is selected for an interview, they will be asked to meet with PHE officers for an interview.
- Peer Health Education (PHSC 196) is a 2-unit course that is required for all Peer Health Educators, and is offered Winter Quarter on Monday and Wednesday from 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.
*Note: Seniors will not be admitted into the PHSC 196 course, however, all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in the program, including attending meetings and assisting with events.
- For more information, please contact the PHE Vice President at PHEVicePresident@gmail.com.