Join the Peer Health Educators

Wanna be a Peer Health Educator?

We’re jazzed you want to join PHE! Recruitment and application info ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN AS OF January 27th, 2017!


Submit your applications to become a PHE by February 20th. See below for more information, including the application link!

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 2017!)


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).

*Please read the below FAQ before applying to become a PHE. 

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?

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, organize events, run health campaigns, and empower passion for student 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?”

Anyone who is a full time UW Seattle student in Winter & Spring 2015, as well as the entire 2017-2018 Academic Year can apply. Both undergraduates and graduates students are welcome!


“Are PHEs paid?”

PHEs volunteers (what you’re applying for) are volunteer positions and therefore unpaid.

PHE’s day-to-day operations 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 $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 2017)

Training Course

  • Weekly training courses that meet once a week for the duration of Spring quarter. This is where PHEs learn all about student health topics such as alcohol and drug use, relationship health, mental health, and more!
  • 1 day a week for 2 hours
  • Week 2-Week 10
  • Tuesdays from 5-7pm, location TBA

Green Dot Training

  • The required Green Dot training empowers PHEs to become an active bystander in the face of gendered and sexual violence.
  • 6 hour training for 1 day
  • Saturday, April 29th from 10am-4pm, location TBA

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

2017-2018 Academic Year

10 hours/quarter, minimum 

PHEs are required to fulfill volunteering hours for around 10 hours per quarter. This 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 meets once a week for 2 hours to cover a variety of health topics, communication skills, and knowledge about UW’s student body and support services. Trainings are facilitated by health professionals, including staff from Health and Wellness (the PHE home).
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?”

The first step: Written Application

  • The online PHE application will be available starting Winter Quarter
  • Release date: January 27th, 2017
  • Due by: February 20th, 2017

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
  • Interviews will be held Monday February 27 – Friday March 10, 2017.

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.


“Where can I find the application?”

You’ve made it this far.



“When is the application due?”

Submit your application in all it’s application-y glory by Monday, February 20th, 2017 by midnight.


“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.