Peer Programs

What are the UHC Peer Programs?

University Health Center Peer Programs are experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Peers specialize in different content areas and activities, but all are responsible for educating, serving, and improving the wellness of University of Maryland community members.

University Health Center Peer Programs include:

  • Peer Education
  • Peer Advocacy
  • Peer Outreach

Peer Education

With the University Health Center's Peer Education Program undergraduate students earn credit to educate the campus community about wellness through one of four topic-specific lenses (substance use, sexual health, mental health, or power-based violence). Peers have opportunities to turn their innovative ideas into action.

Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working directly with students, improve your public speaking and program planning skills, and join a group of talented, creative, dedicated students like you who are committed to our mission of wellness for all at UMD

What do Peer Educators do?

  • Presentations and Workshops
  • Step UP Presentations
  • Campus Outreach
  • And so much more!

Peer Educators should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time). 

Peer Education Specializations

Peer educators will specialize in one of our four topic areas: sexual health, power based violence prevention, stress and mental health, or alcohol and other drug use and register for the corresponding courses.





PEER 311

PEER 321

PEER 312

PEER 322

PEER 313

PEER 323

PEER 314

PEER 324







Peer Advocacy

University Health Center Peer Advocates serve under the direction of the Lead Advocate at the CARE to Stop Violence office. Peer Advocates work with clients of the CARE to Stop Violence office, which include primary and secondary victims/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment (power-based violence).

What do Peer Advocates do?

  • Support clients by providing resources, crisis intervention and emotional support both in person and via the CARE crisis cell.
  • Arrange and possibly accompany clients to the hospital to receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) or arrange University Health Center medical appointments.
  • Accompany clients to meetings with the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (Title IX), the Police, the Office of Student Conduct, and other on-/off-campus reporting resources.
  • Plan and execute a “Take Back the Night” event and participate in other campus events as requested.

Peer Advocates should expect to sign up for 12 office hours each week, with each shift being no less than 3 hours. The Peer Advocacy class takes place on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 PM.


Peer Outreach

University Health Center Outreach Peers serve under the direction of the Outreach Liaison at the CARE to Stop Violence office. Outreach Peers are the voice of the CARE office and are ultimately responsible for ensuring the entire UMD campus community is aware of CARE and other resources for those that have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment (power-based violence).

What do Outreach Peers do?

  • Educate the campus community about the advocacy, therapy, and education resources and services provided by CARE.
  • Plan and execute large-scale events, create promotional materials, table to promote CARE, and conduct short presentations to student groups.
  • Build relationships with student groups and campus organizations, conduct focus groups with students, and employ other research/assessment methods to improve CARE outreach and services.
  • Examine policies and current events related to power-based violence in order to effectively respond to changing community needs.

Outreach Peers should expect to commit to an average of 3-5 hours each week (including class time).


Interested in Joining a UHC Peer Program?

What to Expect Before You Apply

Anyone interested in joining a UHC Peer Program must apply through the application linked below and interview. Each program requires a separate interview process.


Training for all Peer Programs involves a 40-hour training that takes place August 20th-24th, 2018 from 9 AM-5 PM daily. Ongoing supervision and training is integrated into the program through coursework. Attendance at all training and class sessions is mandatory for the program.

Early, on-campus move-in will be available to Peers living on-campus.

Course Registration

Peers will enroll and participate in courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who can only commit to one semester will need to disclose and discuss this during the interview process.

Peer Education:


PEER 31X (3 Credits)PEER 32X (3 Credits)

Mon, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Wed, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Mon, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Wed, 4:00pm-6:00


  • Both courses count as major electives for Behavioral and Community Health and Public Health Science majors.
  • PEER31X courses count toward Diversity General Education requirements. 
  • PEER32X courses count towards Scholarship in Practice General Education requirements.

Peer Advocacy:


PEER 318 (3 Credits)PEER 318 (3 Credits)

Wed, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Wed, 5:00pm-6:30p


Peer Outreach:


PEER 319 (3 Credits)PEER 319 (3 Credits)

Mon, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Wed, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Mon, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Wed, 5:00pm-6:00pm