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Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators

New Peer Educator Program Coming Fall 2020!

Longhorn Wellness Center is launching a new, comprehensive peer education program. This program will unite the goals of the former Healthyhorns Peer Educator and Mental Health/CMHC Peer Educator groups.

The goal of this program is to actively engage students in building necessary skills to be effective health promotion leaders on campus. Longhorn Wellness Peer Educators work to empower fellow UT students to make well-informed decisions about their wellbeing and positively influence a healthy campus culture.

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There are many benefits of being a Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator, including:

  • Earning academic credit for public health experience
  • Gaining knowledge on a variety of health topics relevant to college students, which may include mental health, sleep, substance use, healthy sexuality and more!
  • Positively influencing your peers and UT campus
  • Helping students connect mental and physical well-being
  • Building public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Advocating for a healthier campus and creating change in a meaningful way
  • Talking to fellow students about sensitive health and wellness topics
  • Developing leadership skills and engaging in professional development
  • Becoming part of a supportive team
  • Engaging in opportunities to practice self-care

Service Hours

In addition to academic learning, peer educators are required to complete service hours that include outreach, workshop facilitation, tabling, planning wellness programs, mentorship, participation in UT’s Wellness Network, and other support for the Longhorn Wellness Center.

Program Outline and Requirements

  • Peer educators must commit to three consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).
  • There are no academic prerequisites for the Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator program.
Semester Course Credit Service Hours
1 (fall) graphic element used to separate content sections 3 hours graphic element used to separate content sections 10 graphic element used to separate content sections
Course Code: HED 378I

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
Course Code: HED 178G

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
Course Code: HED 178J

*For those in the Bridging Disciplines Program, the first semester class (HED 378I) meets the requirement for credit 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).

Become a Longhorn Wellness Peer Educator!

Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now closed. Applicants will hear back about interview decisions the week of March 23rd. Interviews will be scheduled remotely and occur between April 2-9. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the program in advance of registration for the fall 2020 semester.

Questions? Contact us at (512) 475-8252 or email longhornwellnesscenter@austin.utexas.edu.




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