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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 communications/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 an undergraduate student volunteer on the Danforth campus who is deeply interested in health promotion/harm reduction and committed to creating a healthier WashU. PHEs serve as “ambassadors” for SHS/the Habif Health & Wellness Center and the Zenker Wellness Suite/Sumers Recreation Center. Their activities include outreach, program planning and implementation, and communications. PHEs receive training on priority health- and wellness-related topics. PHEs work on these subgroups: alcohol/other drugs (AOD); fitness/nutrition; mental health; and sexual health. A PHE may serve on one subgroup only. Staff members -- full-time employees of SHS and Sumers and practicum students from the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health –- train PHEs and supervise the subgroups.


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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