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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.

Signature PHE programs include:

AOD: WILD programming, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, What’s Up with Weed?, Alcohol and Athletic Performance, Great American Smokeout, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, National Alcohol Screening Day, Thirsty Thursdays

Fitness and Nutrition: Dine with the Dietitian, Smoothie Bike Showcase, Sumers Center Bear Adventures/BearFit Classes/Training planning and promotion, Healthy Cooking Classes, National Nutrition Month, Q and A sessions with Fitness/Nutrition Experts, Tasty Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays

Mental Health: Sleep Raffle, Mental Health Awareness Month, Stress-Less@WashU/Let’s Talk/and Resiliency Workshop promotion, Depression/Anxiety Awareness, the Gratitude project, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) campaign and HappyLight Raffle, Meditation Mondays

Sexual Health: Bare Mail, Bedsider on Campus, SexintheDark, Sex Week, STI screening Days, Thanks Birth Control Day, Frisky Fridays

PHEs who meet the expectations in the volunteer job description, serve for a minimum of two years, and make significant contributions to health promotion on campus according to their subgroup supervisors will receive honor cords to wear at Commencement ceremonies and keep as mementos.

To apply: go to WUGO.WUSTL.EDU

Questions? Email