Join the Peer Health Educators

Interested in being a Peer Health Educator?

Believe us—we’re jazzed you want to join PHE! Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Cohort

Sign up for our recruitment email list to stay updated!

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 PHE Spot in Odegaard Library. For date & time information, see step 2.

*This information is for the 2016-2017 recruitment cycle, and may not apply to future applicants. We’ve left it here so you can get a better idea of the process, but 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 2015-2016 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 4 paid positions on PHELT: one director, and three program coordinators. 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, most likely! We will hopefully give 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

Tuesdays, 4:30-6 PM

Week 2-Week 10

Spring Retreat

Saturday, April 11, 10 AM-4 PM (on campus)

Green Dot Training

Date & Time TBA (Saturday in May, ~10 AM-4 PM)

*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?”

Information Sessions

Written Application

  • Available online
  • Due Friday, March 20 at 11:45 PM


  • Invitations to interview will be sent via email on Monday, March 23
  • Email will include a link to an online scheduling form
  • Interviews will be held March 30-April 1 (first Monday-Wednesday of Spring Quarter)
  • Interviews must be scheduled by Sunday, March 29 at midnight 

Spring Training

  • Invitations to train will be sent out via email the morning of Thursday, April 2, 2015
  • You have until Friday, April 3, 2015 at midnight to accept the invitation
  • Training begins Monday, April 6, 2015


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

Interviews will be held during the first 3 days of Spring Quarter (Monday-Wednesday). 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?”

One will be in the office of Health and Wellness on – located in Elm Hall 109, which is located right next to Fitness Center West. This info session will be from 6:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday, February 25th. Click here to see the Facebook event. 

We’ll be holding a second info session in Week 9–stay tuned for more info.


“Where can I find the application?”



“When is the application due?”

The application closes on March 20th at 11:45 PM.


“Who do I email for more information?”

Leigh, the Director of PHE, at