Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators logoA Peer Health Educator (PHE) is an undergraduate student volunteer on the Danforth Campus selected to represent the Habif Health and Wellness Center in health promotion/harm reduction efforts on campus for one year.

Committed to creating a healthier WashU, PHEs plan and implement popular programs and communication campaigns.

PHEs work in these subgroups: alcohol/other drugs (AOD), mental health, and sexual health. A PHE may serve on one subgroup only. Habif staff members and practicum students from the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health train PHEs and supervise the subgroups.

Signature PHE programs include:

  • AOD: WILD programming, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, What’s Up with Weed, E-cigarette Panel, Alcohol and Athletic Performance, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Movie Night in the DUC, and Thirsty Thursdays
  • Mental Health: Sleep Raffle, Reflect and Reset event, Imposter Syndrome panel, promotion of Let’s Talk and emotional skills/support groups, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) campaign, and Mental Health Mondays
  • Sexual Health: Bare Mail, Bedsider on Campus, SexintheDark, Sex Week, STI Screening Days in the DUC, Thanks Birth Control Day, Frisky Fridays

Peer Health Educator Events

PHEs who meet the expectations in the volunteer job description, compete to serve for a second or third year, and make significant contributions to health promotion on campus according to their subgroup supervisors will receive honor cords to wear at Commencement and keep as mementos.

PHE's Honor CordsPHE's Honor Cords

PHEs proudly display their PHE Honor Cords at Commencement

To apply, go to WUGO and sign in with your WUSTL key.

Questions? Contact Wellness by email