Health and Wellness

Join the Peer Health Educators

Interested in being a Peer Health Educator?

We're jazzed you want to join PHE! Our application is OPEN and due 2/26/16.

                 Apply Now!

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Different Opportunities as a PHE:

  • PHE Spot - connect Huskies to resources on and off campus
  • Facilitation - lead workshops and discussions about health topics  
  • Events and Programming - plan events and collaborate with other RSOs
  • And More! 

We equip every Peer Health Educator with the skills needed for these roles, and you get to choose your path from there! 


Sign up for our email list to be the first to know about info sessions, application deadlines, and more.


Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to learn about PHE events.


Attend one of our campus events or swing by PHE Spot in Odegaard Library. For date & time information, see step 2.


This information is for the 2016-2017 recruitment cycle. Includes FAQ's for the application process and about PHE in general. 

What is PHE?

Who is eligible to apply?

Are PHEs paid?

Can I get academic credit for being a PHE?

What is the time commitment of being a PHE?

What is the training process like?

What is the application process like?

What happens in the interview?

Where can I find the application?

When is the application due?

Who do I email for more information?

"What is PHE?"

PHE stands for the Peer Health Educators. We are all student volunteers who facilitate workshops about health issues to groups all over campus. We are housed in the Office of Health & Wellness, which is a division of Student Life. Learn more about our mission, values, and history here.


"Who can apply?"

In order to apply, you must be enrolled as a full time UW Seattle student in Winter & Spring 2016, as well as the entire 2016-2017 Academic Year. Undergraduates & graduates students may apply.


"Are PHEs paid?"

Yes and no. PHEs are volunteers. The day-to-day operations of PHE are managed by the PHE Leadership Team (PHELT). There are 3 paid positions on PHELT: director, events and programming, and volunteer coordinator.. Each position pays $10-$12/hour for 10-15 hours/week for one academic year. Any PHE can apply for the following year's leadership team, and applications are released over the summer. 


"Can I get academic credit for being a PHE?"

Yes! We will offer the option to take the PHE Spring Training for one credit Psychiatry Research credit. We have made arrangements with Dr. Jason Kilmer (a faculty member in Psychiatry and H&W's Alcohol & Other Drug Education Coordinator) to sponsor the program, and we highly encourage students to utilize this.


"What is the time commitment of being a PHE?"

Spring Training (Spring Quarter 2016)

Training Course

Mondays, 4:30-6 PM

Week 1-Week 9

Spring Retreat

Saturday, April 2, 10 AM-4 PM (on campus)

Green Dot Training

Saturday, April 16, 10 AM-4 PM (Alder Commons)

*We will also offer a few bonding/discussion/practice sessions throughout the quarter, which are optional, but encouraged :)

2015-2016 Academic Year

10 hours/quarter, minimum 

Can be fulfilled by facilitating workshops, working PHE outreach programs in Odegaard, sitting on a committee, continuing education, etc.

PHEs are responsible for tracking & submitting their own hours every quarter


"What is the training process like?"

The 8 week training process covers a variety of health topics, communication skills, and knowledge about UW's student body and suppor services.
Some topics included are:

  • the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body
  • the concept of consent
  • sleep science
  • motivational interviewing


"What is the application process like?"

Written Application

  • Available online
  • Due Friday, February 26 at 11:59 PM


  • Invitations to interview will be sent via email the week of February 22
  • Email will include a link to an online scheduling form
  • Interviews must be scheduled by Friday, February 26 at midnight 
  • Interviews will be held February 29 - March 4

Spring Training

  • Invitations to train will be sent out via email the morning of Thursday, March 11
  • You have until Friday, March 18 at midnight to accept the invitation
  • Training begins Monday, March 28, 2016


"What happens in the interview? When will they be held?"

Interviews will be held during the week of February 29th, (Monday-Friday). They will be 15 minutes long, and you will meet with one or two of the PHE Leadership Team members.

You will be asked to come prepared to teach us how to do something (anything you'd like) in 5 minutes. Take this in whatever direction you'd like so long as it accurately reflects your personality and public speaking skills, and don't worry about demonstrating any kind of health knowledge. (For example, we'd rather have you teach us how to be a superhero, how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, or how to make a good first impression than how to correctly use a condom.) You will teach us how to do something for the first 5 minutes, then we'll all chat about who you are and why you're interested in PHE for the last 10 minutes.


"Where can I find the application?"



"When is the application due?"

The application closes on February 26th at 11:59 PM.


"Who do I email for more information?"

Cat, the Volunteer Coordinator of PHE, at