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Student Involvement


Student Involvement in Health Promotion at Wash U




Opportunities for Undergraduate Students:

  • Volunteer as a Peer Health Educator (PHE)
  • Volunteer as a Stressbuster
  • Work with Health Promotion Staff as part of the Federal Work-Study program (FWS-eligible applicants only, 3 or 4 positions available per year
  • Earn course credit for designing health promotion comunications/serving as communications intern
  • Serve on campus-wide health and wellness committee​
  • Boost health promotion communications and attendance at programs


Opportunities for Graduate/Professional Students:

  • ​Earn Practicum credit in Health Promotion Services (may involve serving as a leader for a subset of the Peer Health Educators mentioned above and /or helping with the Stressbusters program)
  • Volunteer as a Stressbuster​
  • Work with Health Promotion Staff as part of the Federal Work-Study program (FWS-eligible applicants only, 3 or 4 positions available per year)
  • Serve on campus-wide health and wellness committee​
  • Join Graduate Student Health Advisory Committee (G-SHAC)
  • Boost heath promotion communications and attendance at programs


Peer Health Educators

A Peer Health Educator (PHE) is a student volunteer deeply interested in health promotion activities including outreach, programming, and communications. PHE's receive training by health professionals in many areas of wellness including stress management and mental health, sleep, lower-risk drinking and safer sex. They are members of classes, teams, groups, residential colleges, co-ops, etc. They are your friends, lab partners, suitemates... They are committed to creating a healthier Wash U. You will see them on the Danforth campus promoting health and wellness and planning exciting and educational events.


Stressbusters

Stressbusters is a comprehensive community health initiative that helps WU students, staff and faculty rediscover relaxation.  Student volunteers, trained by a licensed massage therapist and health promotion staff members provide free five minute backrubs and wellness information at events on campus.


Graduate Student Health Advisory Committees G-SHAC

The graduate/professional student members of Graduate Student Health Advisory Committee (G-SHAC) serve as liaisons between Student Health Services and the Washington University in St. Louis student body. 

G-SHAC representatives from the graduate and professional schools meet with the Director of the Habif Health & Wellness Center to discuss topics of interest to their constituencies.

Student Groups

The student groups below connect their peers to health information and resources in order to raise awareness, boost knowledge and skills, and contribute to a healthy learning community. SHS staff members advise many of these groups.

Women's Health:

Mental Health

LGBTQIA

Sexual Assault

First Responder/Emergency Medical

To contact or learn more about the groups listed, go to wugo.wustl.edu.​​​​

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