Join the Peer Health Educators

Interested in being a Peer Health Educator?

We’re jazzed you want to join PHE! Recruitment and application info officially begins JANUARY 20TH 2017.

Leadership Team Opportunities for Current Volunteers

Interested in getting more involved in Peer Health Educators? Want to have a PAID Leadership Position or a PAID Liaison position? Stayed tuned for more information coming soon!


Sign up for our email list to be the first to know about info sessions, application deadlines, and more. (Keep an eye on your inbox during Winter Quarter 2016!)


Hit up our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to learn about PHE events.


Attend one of our campus events or swing by our office hours in our home at Elm 109 (Health and Wellness’s office):

  • Micia, this year’s Director, can be found eating barbeque on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm.
  • Rachel, this year’s Events and Programming Coordinator, can be found styling her hair most mornings from 9am – 11am.
  • Ryan, this year’s Volunteer Coordinator, can be found sipping tea on Fridays from 2pm – 4pm.

We are all friendly and don’t bite, usually.

*This information is for the 2017-2018 recruitment cycle, and may not apply to future applicants. Please keep in mind that details change from year to year!

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?

When and where are the info sessions?

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 2015, 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: one director, one events and programming coordinator, and one volunteer coordinator. Each position pays $14-$15/hour for 15 hours/week for one academic year. Any PHE can apply for the following year’s leadership team. Applications and interviews are done over Spring quarter.


“Can I get academic credit for being a PHE?”

Yes, most likely! We will hopefully give the option to take the PHE Spring Training and/or participate in the PHE program as a volunteer for one General Studies credit. We have made arrangements with Melissa Tumas (a faculty member in H&W’s Training and Education Coordinator, PHE Mom) to sponsor the program; we highly encourage students to utilize this!


“What is the time commitment of being a PHE?”

Spring Training (Spring Quarter 2016)

Training Course

1 day a week for 1.5 hours

Week 2-Week 10

Spring training dates TBA

Spring Retreat

6 hour training for 1 day

Date TBA

Green Dot Training

6 hour training for 1 day

Date TBA

*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.


“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 support 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?”

Before applying: Information Sessions

  • A couple of information sessions will be offered to students interested in PHE and the application process.
  • Dates TBA

The first step: Written Application

  • The online PHE application will be available starting Winter Quarter
  • Release date TBA
  • Due date TBA

The second step: Interviews

  • Invitations to interview will be sent via email
  • Email will include a link to an online scheduling form
  • Due date for interview confirmation/scheduling TBA

The third step (congrats, you’re a PHE in training!): Spring Training

  • Invitations to train will be sent out via email
  • Due date for invitation acceptance/confirmation TBA
  • Date for first day of training TBA


“What happens in the interview? When will they be held?”

Interviews will be held during early Spring Quarter. 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.


“When and where are the info sessions?”


Stay tuned for more information; TBA!


“Where can I find the application?”

The application is usually on Catalyst. The application will be released in Winter Quarter (TBA!).


“When is the application due?”

The application closes late Winter Quarter (date TBA).


“Who do I email for more information?”

You can reach Micia, the Director of PHE, at, or Ryan, our Volunteer Coordinator, at Please be sure to attach a photo of a baby sloth to your correspondence.