Health Outreach Peer Educator Program

The Health Promotion Services established a voluntary peer education program, the Health Outreach Peer Educators (H.O.P.E). The goal of this program is to prepare USF students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote an understanding of health issues affecting themselves and their peers.

The Health Outreach Peer Educator’s (H.O.P.E) responsibilities will be challenging as well as rewarding. Responsibilities will range from organizing workshops to conducting presentations in residence halls and to various student clubs & organizations. Health Outreach Peer Educator’s will be largely involved in the supportive behind-the-scenes “detail” work that makes health outreach programming successful.  

The H.O.P.E team’s education efforts will cover a variety of health related topics such as sexual health, alcohol & tobacco use, smoking cessation, nutrition, and stress management. The H.O.P.E team works under the supervision of the Director of Health Promotion Services and will be given many opportunities to develop their health education, leadership, and communication skills. 

Educational goals

The primary goal of the peer health educator program is to provide USF students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote an understanding of college health topics affecting themselves and their peers. The H.O.P.E team will be able to:

  1. Influence their fellow students to adopt healthy lifestyle habits
  2. Encourage critical thinking about one’s health choices
  3. Participate in health-related learning community experiences
  4. Gain working knowledge of health issues, such as general nutrition, sexually transmitted infection/HIV/AIDS, tobacco use, stress management, and other college health issues
  5. Identify their personal values and keep them in check
  6. Enhance their counseling skills such as, active listening, communication, and conflict resolution
  7. Discuss the latest health information on general nutrition, sexual health, and tobacco use
  8. Collaborate with other student clubs and organizations
  9. Strengthen their public speaking, communication, and leaderships skills
  10. Plan and implement health outreach programs and services
  11. Get involved in disease prevention efforts in the San Francisco Community, as well as the global community

Duties and Responsibilities

If you are interested in becoming an HPS volunteer or intern, we will have informational sessions every semester for recruitment. Please check back for the date(s).

HPS Volunteer:

  1. Able to volunteer at HPS events and programs, per the volunteer's interest
  2. Available for training as needed
  3. Available for meetings, depending on the event/program the volunteer wants to participate in
  4. Assist in developing health outreach programs and services at the USF campus, San Francisco community, and world community
  5. Assist in creating educational materials and silent programs (displays)
  6. Participate in focus groups
HPS Intern:
  1. Minimum one semester commitment as an HPS volunteer with a good track record
  2. Only peer educators who show a passion for public health and a high level of performance can qualify
  3. Available for a 12 hour training program to become a certified peer educator through The BACCHUS Network
  4. Available for mandatory meetings
  5. Able to provide 2-3 hours per week commitment
  6. Able to volunteer at HPS events and programs, per the intern's interest
  7. Able to conduct at least 2 interactive sexual health workshops/presentations a semester
  8. Able to conduct one on one Brief Motivational Intervention (BMI), regarding alcohol and drug use with sanctioned students, athletes, and ROTC
  9. Continue to assist in developing health outreach programs and services at the USF campus, San Francisco community, and world community

Qualifications

  1. Strong interest and passion for public health
  2. Ability to work with others, as a leader and as a team player
  3. Knowledgeable of one's limits
  4. Responsible, reliable, and punctual
  5. Good communication skills, including a willingness to speak in front of an audience
  6. Strong time management skills
  7. Flexible and adaptable personality
  8. Good role model. (Doesn't mean being perfect--nobody is!)
  9. Non-judgmental attitude
  10. Sincere and committed

Benefits

  1. Gain excellent leadership and communication skills
  2. Be up to date on health promotion, health education, program planning, and outreach
  3. Gain a practical work experience in public health
  4. Receive letters of recommendation, based on performance and commitment
  5. Participate in national health conferences
  6. Other fringe benefits 

H.O.P.E Applications

Please click on the link below and fill out the following online application to become an HPS Volunteer.

HPS Volunteer Application


After completing at least one semester as an HPS volunteer, please click on the link below and fill out the following online application to become an HPS Intern.

HPS Intern Application