Peer Education supports UNH’s academic mission by providing students with opportunities to design and implement health promotion activities – for peers by peers – on campus. Peer education helps students make lifestyle choices that support academic success and enhance personal wellness.
At UNH, peer educators help implement:
- Educational programs for classrooms, residence halls and student organizations
- Special events such as Eating Concerns Awareness Week, Body Positivity Week, Wellness Fest, Fierce & Fabulous Womxn’s Expo and the Nutrition Expo
- Outreach activities at homecoming, concerts and other campus events
- Educational tables around campus
- Social media and social marketing campaigns
- Peer-to-peer mentoring
Become a Peer Educator
All UNH students who have an interest in wellness and helping others are eligible to become a Health & Wellness peer educator. Peer educators are supervised by Wellness Coaches and/or Educator/Counselors.
We offer four unique peer education groups:
- Wellness Ambassadors
Provide educational programming and outreach about the eight dimensions of the Health & Wellness Wellness Wheel.
- Nourish UNH
Provide educational programming and outreach about eating well.
- Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs)
Provide confidential peer-to-peer support and information about body image, eating concerns and eating disorders.
- Alcohol, Nicotine, & Other Drugs (ANOD) Peer Educators
Provide educational programming to support peers in making informed choices regarding use and non-use of alcohol, nicotine, & other drugs.
Students who are selected to be Health & Wellness peer educator are required to complete our Peer Educator Training. At the end of the training, participants will be certified as a peer educator and have enhanced skills and knowledge to implement health promotion campaigns to peers at UNH.
"All the classes were genuinely interesting and I not only learned more about being an educator, but also learned about myself. I always told my friends interesting things I learned in class. I feel this class should be open to more people because of how helpful in life it is." - Peer educator
Peer educators gain skills in:
- Development, implementation, and assessment of health promotion practices
- Oral communication skills, including group facilitation and public speaking
- Interpersonal skills based on compassion and empathy for helping others
- Creative problem-solving strategies, including helping peers understand behavior change and developing attainable action plans
- Leadership skills, including helping other peer educators stay motivated to meet the program’s goals
- Culturally competent programming and outreach
- Creating community change through education, support, and advocacy
- Marketing and communications skills, including social media and social marketing
Peer educators gain expertise in the Health & Wellness Wellness Wheel:
- Emotional wellness
- Social wellness
- Physical wellness
- Spiritual wellness
- Environmental wellness
- Occupational wellness
- Intellectual wellness
- Financial wellness
- Certification as a UNH Peer Educator
- Skills to build your resume
- Opportunities to network with variety of professionals and students
- Become a part of the Health & Wellness team
- Knowledge to enhance your own personal health and wellness
- Opportunities to be creative and have FUN!
- Commit to being a UNH Peer Educator for 2 semesters (i.e. Fall 2020 to Spring 2021)
- Complete Health & Wellness peer education training program
- Work collaboratively with Health & Wellness staff and other peer education groups
- Sign our agreement to be a part of the Health & Wellness team
- Weekly time commitment (approximately 3 hrs/week, may vary based on position)
- Weekly meeting (1 hr/week)
- Participation on sub-committee (1 hr/week), as needed
- Implementation of health promotion activities (1 hr/week)
- Monthly time commitment
- Monthly training on health-specific topics (1 hr/month)
- Attend Health & Wellness events as a peer educator (1x/month)
- Applications are now closed.
- Students from ALL colleges and majors are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants may only apply for one peer education position (click to apply): Wellness Ambassador, Nourish, Eating Concern Mentors, or ANOD Peer Educators.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.