Healthyhorns Peer Educators have the opportunity to learn about and act on a variety of health topics impacting college students. Program components and course curricula may vary from year to year, but students involved in this program will gain skills and experiences in these areas:
- Foundational topics in public health practice
- Research and assessment
- Campus health content areas, such as alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, body image, sleep and stress management
- Public health leadership skills, including group facilitation and public speaking
- Outreach and education
- Committee participation in Wellness Network, UT's healthy campus coalition
Questions? We made some changes to our peer educator program. In previous years, we had separate peer educator applications and groups based on health topic. Our new program has a centralized application and the opportunity for students to learn about and work with a variety of health topics. If you have questions, please contact us at 512-475-8252.
Program Outline and Requirements
- Peer educators must commit to three consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).
- There are no academic prerequisites for the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program.
- The first semester peer educators enroll in KIN 378, a three credit hour academic course, to prepare to be a peer educator through discussions, lectures, readings, assignments and interactive exercises. Some activities are held outside of normal class times (usually evenings).
- During the first semester, new peer educators shadow veteran peer educators for 10 hours of volunteer service.
- In the following spring, peer educators take KIN 178, a one credit hour course, and complete 20 hours of volunteer service that semester.
- In the final fall semester, peer educators take KIN 178, a one credit hour course, and complete 30 hours of volunteer service that semester.
- Volunteer hours are completed through outreach, planning meetings, program development and committee participation.
- Peer educators are required to be a part of the Wellness Network through committee participation and member meetings. These meetings count toward the semester volunteer service hour requirement.
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The Healthyhorns Peer Educator volunteer application for the 2013-2014 academic year is now closed. Selected applicants will participate in group and individual interviews.