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Healthyhorns Peer Educators

The goal of the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program is for students to be health leaders on campus, empowering fellow UT students to make well-informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and positively influencing a healthy campus culture. Healthyhorns Peer Educators fulfill the program's goal through receiving training in the foundations of public health, providing interactive and educational outreach activities such as presenting workshops to student groups, and developing and staffing initiatives that positively impact students' health. 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.
  • During the application process, applicants will select either the "generalist" or "healthy sexuality" track for semesters 2 and 3. All students participate in the same course during semester 1.
    • The "generalist" track allows students to learn about a wide range of health topics impacting college students.
    • The "healthy sexuality" track offers interested students the option for more in-depth training in sex-related topics including: public health theory; sexual anatomy and physiology; behavior research; methods of contraception; sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment and prevention; safer sex; and safer sex communication.
  • During the first semester, all peer educators enroll in HED 352K, 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.
  • During the first semester, new peer educators shadow veteran peer educators for 10 hours of volunteer service.
  • In the following spring, peer educators take HED 127 L, a one credit hour course, and complete 30 hours of volunteer service that semester.
  • In the final fall semester, peer educators take HED 127 L, 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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Application

The Healthyhorns Peer Educator program accepts new applicants each spring. Applicants will complete a written application and may be selected for an interview. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted in advance of registration for the following fall semester.

Click here to fill out the Healthyhorns Peer Educator application. Deadline for spring 2014 recruitment is 11:59pm on April 4, 2014. Those selected for an interview will be contacted on Monday, April 7. Interviews will occur Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10. All final selections will be made and notified by Friday, April 11.

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.