Become a Peer Health Educator

Applications are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2020 for 2020-2021 academic year applications.

The Peer Health Educator (PHE) at George Mason University is now a Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Program by BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA!  The Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training helps peer educators to develop leadership skill to be able to create and implement wellness campus programs.

Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a diverse group of Mason students who are committed to creating a healthy campus culture. PHEs engage with classmates through interactive presentations that focus on topics integral to maintaining a healthy college lifestyle.

The PHEs are dedicated to utilizing dynamic presentations to provide education and community support with sensitivity to race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities.

PHEs focus on the following topics:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Bystander Education
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Sexual Health
  • Stress Management

 Expected Commitment

PHEs must commit to:

  • Participating in a two-day comprehensive (weekend) training, held at the beginning of the Fall semester
  • Weekly 1-hour meetings held in SUB 1
  • Observing 3 presentations before becoming a facilitator
  • Facilitating 3 presentations per semester
  • Volunteering at SSAC events for at least 15 hours per semester
  • Remaining active for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Complete the Certified Peer Health Educator (CPE) course and pass the BACCHUS Exam.

Although we encourage involvement in other activities at Mason and in the community, applicant must be able to balance other activities with the PHE commitment. Please keep in mind this is an unpaid volunteer position.

 Qualities of a PHE

A strong PHE applicant should possess the following qualities:

  • Strong interest and enthusiasm in promoting healthy behaviors among fellow students
  • Open mind to cultures, practices, and sexual orientations different from one’s own
  • Sensitivity to controversial and personal topics, and have a willingness to talk candidly about them
  • Ability to articulate the facts about health-enhancing behaviors and dispel myths and misperceptions
  • Dedication to health education, and the PHE program
  • Demonstrate a sincere concern for others, their well-being and quality of life
  • Ability to speak publicly in a positive, engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental manner
  • Ability to facilitate group discussions and include all members of the audience
  • Ability to function in a group, both as a leader and as a supportive team member

For any questions, please email the Assistant Director of Wellness Education, Nichole Nicholas at

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