Santa Clara University

Wellness Center

Peer Health Education Program

Peer Health Educators 2013


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, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual assault prevention. In addition, PHEs will be trained to facilitate interactive presentations, discussions, panels, workshops, and health awareness events for SCU students within the residence halls, classrooms, student organizations, and off-campus 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. We welcome all SCU students regardless of major or class year.

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 including the Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Centers
  • 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
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month ("Take Back the Night" candlelight rally and march; "Survivors Speak"; The Clothesline Project (violence awareness campaign)
  • Safe Spring Break Programming
  • Celebrate Every Body Week (body image awareness & eating disorder)
  • Tunnel of Oppression
  • "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.

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

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

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


Sarah Bedford '14


Kelli Ryan '14

Vice President

Gigi Groener '15



Adam Whalen '15


Kevin Scurich '14



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