Health Education 205

HLTH 205: Peer Education

Credit Hours: (1)

This course introduces students to peer-to-peer health promotion, with focus on programming skills, listening and referral skills, knowledge of college health topics, presentation skills, group development, and service learning.  Students who complete this course are eligible to sit for the exam to certify them as Nationally Certified Peer Educators through the BACCHUS Network.

Detailed Description of Course

This course covers the following topics:

- Peer Education: Why peer education is an effective strategy and the impact it can have on a college campus
- Strategies for change in high risk behaviors: introduction to several health promotion approaches
- Listening skills
- Responding and referral skills: exploration of potential referral agents for various health issues students may face
- Intervention skills: students will become more comfortable addressing unhealthy behaviors
- Diversity: creating health promotion programs that are inclusive
- Media Literacy: students will learn to deconstruct media messages and how the media impacts decision making, especially in terms of alcohol, drugs, and body image
- Programming and Presentation skills
- Group Development and Success
- Taking Care of Yourself
- In depth coverage of college student health topics (eg. Alcohol, tobacco use, sexual health)
- Service Learning Opportunities

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course instruction strategies may include lecture, role-playing, group learning, case studies, and oral communication activities.

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, students will be able to:
- create educational health programming with current and valid information on a variety of topics
- demonstrate planning, execution, and presentation skills for health programming
- identify campus and community resources for health topics
- collaborate with peers
- demonstrate listening and referral skills with peers
- apply strategies for change in high risk behaviors through individual, group, and campus-wide interventions
- Critically analyze and deconstruct media messages, especially related to “normal” college student behavior
- sit for the Certified Peer Educator Exam

Assessment Measures

Student learning may be assessed through group projects/presentations and an exam.

Other Course Information

- The current BACCHUS Network Certified Peer Educator Training Kit
- current BACCHUS Certified Peer Educator Training workbooks

Review and Approval

April 16, 2012 Revised