Join the Peer Health Educators
Applications to join the PHE program are now closed. The next cycle of applications will open Winter 2020.
UPDATED: Feb 2019
*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!
PHE stands for the Peer Health Educators. We are all student volunteers who facilitate workshops, organize events, run health campaigns, and inspire passion for student health issues in groups all over campus. We are housed within LiveWell, Center for Student Advocacy, Training & Education, which is a unit of Student Life. Learn more about our mission, values, and history here.
Anyone who is a full-time UW Seattle student in Winter & Spring 2019, as well as the entire 2019 - 2020 academic year can apply. Both undergraduates and graduates students are welcome!
PHE volunteers are unpaid. The vast majority of PHE members are volunteers.
PHE's day-to-day operations are managed by the PHE Leadership Team (PHELT). There are 5 paid positions on PHELT: one events and programming coordinator, one training and outreach coordinator, one bystander training coordinator, one volunteer coordinator, and one greek liaison. Each position pays $15.45/hour for 5-15 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.
You will have 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 the LiveWell Training & Education Coordinator to sponsor the program; we highly encourage students to utilize this!
Spring Training (Spring Training 2019)
- 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!
- Tentatively scheduled for Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:20PM
- Week 2 - Week 10
*We will also offer a few bonding/discussion/practice sessions throughout the quarter, which are optional, but encouraged.
2019-2020 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, tabling our PHE spot, sitting on a committee, continuing education, etc.
The training process consists of eight once-per-week 2-hour sessions in which health professionals cover 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
- mental health
The first step: Written Application
- The online PHE application is now available at:
The first step: Written ApplicationThe online PHE application for the 2019-2020 year is now closed. Please look out for the next cycle of applications to open in Winter 2020.
The second step: Interviews
- Interviews will be conducted before the end of Winter quarter
- Invitations to interview will be sent via email
- Email will include a link to an online scheduling form
The third step: Spring Training
- Invitations to train will be sent out via email
- Training will begin in Spring quarter
Group interviews will be held before the end of Winter Quarter. They will be approximately 30 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.
You can reach Maya, our Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.