Peer health educators are widely used on U.S. college and university campuses but the effectiveness of these programs on the peer educators themselves is not well understood and is rarely evaluated. Health Promotion and Wellness staff developed health learning outcomes to help guide the training experience of a peer education program. The students participating in the UHS peer educator training program “HealthWorks” are the subjects of a pilot study that seeks to evaluate health-based learning outcomes among peer educators.
A pre- and post-survey instrument has been developed that assesses learning outcomes related to health knowledge, attitudes and behavior. In September 2010, 21 students who were about to start a 3-credit training course (BBH 324) completed the pre-survey to provide baseline data about their health knowledge and behavior. The post-survey was administered in December, on completion of training classes. The performance goals related to health knowledge and behavior will include:
Improve tested health knowledge scores from a mean of 60% at baseline to 75%
Reduce the percentage of HealthWorks students who report consuming 3 or more drinks on Saturdays from 62% to 55%
Increase the percentage of HealthWorks students reporting that they feel rested on 5 or more days each week from 33% to 43%
On September 2, 2010, a paper-based baseline survey was completed by 21 undergraduate students who were about to start their HealthWorks training classes. The post-training survey was administered on December 9, 2010, on completion of training classes. The HealthWorks training classes as well as the pre- and post-survey instruments were administered by Katherine Wheatle, Community Health Educator.
Mean health knowledge scores increased from 60% at baseline to 82% post-training (goal=75%).
The percentage of HealthWorks students who reported consuming 3 or more drinks on Saturdays declined from 62% at baseline to 52.4% post-training (goal=55%).
The percentage of HealthWorks students reporting that they feel rested on 5 or more days each week increased from 33% at baseline to 38% post-training (goal=43%).
- Rachel Urwin, Leader
- Linda LaSalle, Member
- Katherine Wheatle, Member