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PROGRAM UPDATES

All peer-led workshops and in person events sponsored by Longhorn Wellness Center will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester. However, to help students during this time, we’ve created 13 modules on canvas that students, faculty, and staff can access. Topics include:

  • Physical health during COVID-19
  • Mental health during COVID-19
  • Social connections and community care during COVID-19
  • Health relationships during COVID-19
  • Learning during disruption
  • Resilience for college students
  • Developing gratitude

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Starting spring 2020, the Longhorn Wellness Center (LWC) will recruit students for our new peer educator program, the Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators. This program will unite the goals of the Healthyhorns Peer Educator and Mental Health/CMHC Peer Educator groups and promote the LWC’s mission of approaching health holistically and comprehensively. All Healthyhorns Peer Educators workshops and other offerings will continue until the end of the fall 2020 semester. Learn more about the Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators and apply for the inaugural 2020-2021 cohort.

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 by 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.


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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, education, and facilitation
  • Committee participation in Wellness Network, UT's healthy campus coalition

Program Outline and Requirements

There are no academic prerequisites for the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program. Peer educators must commit to three consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).

Semester Course Credit Service Hours
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Description: Prepare to be a peer educator through discussions, lectures, readings, assignments, shadowing of senior peer educators and interactive exercises. Start the planning of a campus health initiative and learn about a variety of health topics.

2 (spring) graphic element used to separate content sections 1 hour graphic element used to separate content sections 30 graphic element used to separate content sections
Description: Take the lead on conducting campus outreach through facilitating workshops, tabling and other events while continuing to develop your own campus health initiative. Learn about different resources and services available to students.

3 (fall) graphic element used to separate content sections 1 hour graphic element used to separate content sections 30 graphic element used to separate content sections
Description: Continue to conduct campus outreach through facilitating workshops, tabling and other events as a senior peer educator while serving as a mentor to incoming peer educators. Complete the development of your campus health initiative and learn about community health resources and services.

*For those in the Bridging Disciplines Program, the first semester class (HED 378D) meets the requirement for credit in the in Ethics and Leadership (under the Ethics of Health Care strand); Social Inequality, Health and Policy (under Public Health as well as Family, Fertility, and the Life Course); and Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits (under the Health and Health Care strand).

Services Hours

Peer educators complete service hours are completed through outreach, workshop facilitation, tabling, planning meetings, program development, committee participation, taking part in the Wellness Network through committee participation and member meetings, and other support for the Longhorn Wellness Center. Additionally, 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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Peer Educator Profiles

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Questions? Contact us at (512) 475-8252 or m.ackerman@uhs.utexas.edu.




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