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Health Promotion

Peer Health Educators

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the training course, HF-215, is offered every semester.




The mission of the Peer Health Education program is to promote healthy choices and lifestyles through educating and empowering the campus community on a variety of health related topics. Peer Health Educators serve as a resource, referral agent and role model for their peers. They are responsible for providing positive, interactive fun and non-judgmental programming and education aimed at providing their peers with information to make healthy, informed decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.


In order to work as a PHE at Skidmore, students need to first complete an in-depth training course (HF-215). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the course is offered every semester.


Application Process:

The PHE program is highly selective.  All students who apply are offered the opportunity to complete the interview process which involves a combination of one-on-one sessions with Health Promotion staff and current PHE leaders as well as group interview sessions that enable applicants to learn more about the program and for PHE leaders and administrators to identify the unique strengths and skills of each applicant.  In selecting the next group of PHE's-in-training, the goal is to select a well-rounded group of students with a range of interests, experiences, and backgrounds.  Students do not need to come to the program with any prior training or experience in health related work, but should be prepared to demonstrate why the program is a good fit for them and why they would be a strong addition to the program.




The Peer Health Educators are highly trained student leaders who work under the direction of staff in the Department of Health Promotion. Selected students must enroll in the PHE training course, HF-215 (3 credits).  The course is offered every semester and can accommodate a maximum of 15 students per semester. Ongoing training is provided to students who have successfully completed HF-215 through a 1 credit course (HF-315) as well as through an all-group week long intensive training session prior to the start of each fall semester.





Once trained, students have the opportunity to join one of our fabulous PHE committees. Each committee has a distinct set of goals and objectives and works creatively to achieve its mission. Committees include:



The Student Wellness Center:


The PHE's are anonymous peer-to-peer resources for the student body.  Trained PHE's who are interested in staffing the Student Wellness Center, located on the third floor of Case Center complete additional training to prepare them to sit Center shifts.  In this role, PHE's are available for one-on-one conversations with students, provide educational programming, and sell health products including safer sex products.


Leadership Opportunities:


PHE’s who have successfully completed HF-215 and have worked for at least one semester in the PHE role are eligible to apply for one of our fantastic, paid, leadership positions. These include: