Members in the PHE program provide all students at VCU with quality, well-informed, peer-led education on relevant health issues impacting student well-being. All students within the PHE program work to:

  • Create an atmosphere of safety and learning to address current health topics.
  • Stay up-to-date on current research and trends in health promotion and wellbeing.
  • Encourage open, respectful dialogue.
  • Develop strong partnerships with other student organizations.
  • Empower students to explore personal identity.
  • Connect students to existing resources to support their success.
  • Maintain trusting, non-judgmental relationships to support student-driven behavior change.
  • Design educational and outreach programs that are inclusive and accessible for all students, and reflect the unique needs of VCU students.

All PHEs at VCU are required to take the Concepts in Peer Health Education course, offered each spring through our Recreation and Wellness Minor. PHE's obtain a national certification as a Certified Peer Educator (CPE), with additional training in four of our main health promotion content areas.

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health/Healthy Relationships
  • Physical Health

We will be recruiting our next cohort of Peer Health Educators during Fall semester 2022. Check for updates or email peerhealth@vcu.edu to learn more about the program.