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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.

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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 1st semester class (HED 378D) meets the requirement for credit in the in Ethics & Leadership (under the Ethics of Health Care strand); Social Inequality, Health & Policy (under Public Health, as well as Family, Fertility, and the Life Course); and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits (under the Health and Health Care strand).

Services Hours

Volunteer hours are completed through outreach, workshop facilitation, tabling, planning meetings, program development, committee participation and other support for the Office of Health Promotion as needed. 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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Become a Healthyhorns Peer Educator!

The Healthyhorns Peer Educator program accepts new applicants each spring semester. 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.

Applications for Fall 2019 will open in March 2019. Please check back for more details and specific application deadlines.

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




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