Healthy Huskies

What Does it Mean to be a Healthy Huskie?

Healthy Huskies Peer Educators are dynamic students who are ready to make a significant contribution to Northern Illinois University. A Peer Educator believes in their ability to stimulate personal growth in others as well as themselves and will recognize this talent as vital for a healthier student community. Peer Educators have the energy to create programs, media, and outreach opportunities, find an audience, and facilitate discussion of their chosen subject(s). They understand that their contribution to Health Enhancement and NIU will positively affect themselves and the peers they reach.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain health empowerment/health promotion experiences working with your peers.
  • Earn academic credit.
  • Gain work experiences for those who have health-related career goals.
  • Provide leadership and administrative experiences to those who may be motivated in these directions.
  • Receive national certification as a Peer Educator through the Bacchus Peer Education Network. For more information, go to
  • Participate in community service opportunities.
  • Meet new people who share a common interest.
  • Make a difference within your campus community.


Some Important things that you should know:

  • Healthy Huskies is an Academic Class
    Through participating in Healthy Huskies, students are eligible for 3 credit hours per semester their first two semesters.

  • You are required to participate in about 10 hours/week of class-related activities. This may seem like a lot but remember for every hour in class, there is an average of 3 hours of work outside of class. Here is how it works.

    • Attendance and Participation
      You will be required to attend class for 2.5 hours per week. Being in class and actively participating will make up 15 % of your grade.

    • Training
      You will be expected to take part in the Certified Peer Educator Training. This is a 12-hour training that will take place over two days to be determined by consensus of the class. At the completion of this training, you will be nationally certified as a peer educator. This will make up 15% of your grade.

    • Final Presentation
      Health Enhancement relies on the students in the peer education program to keep their program fresh, pertinent, and student centered. Therefore, students in this class are asked to create their own program, presentation, or media campaign. You will need to research your topic, create an outline, and present it briefly to your class. This will make up 30% of your grade.

    • Journal
      In order to fulfill your writing requirement, you are required to write one journal entry each week. These entries will vary in topic from week to week. Journal entries are opinions written in response to a question or topic. Personal expression is encouraged when writing a journal. This will make up 15% of your grade.

    • Experiential Learning
      An essential part of this class is experiential learning. For this reason, a significant number of your peer education hours will occur in this category. Experiential learning, which makes up 30% of your grade, will occur in three key areas:

      • Presentations
        New students are not permitted to present themselves. This limitation is to allow the first-semester students an opportunity to become familiar with the programs and material. However, it is important that they begin gaining experiences with programming and presentations. Therefore, students will be expected to shadow/assist Health Enhancement Health Educators or returning peer educators with planning and giving presentations.

      • Volunteer Time
        Volunteer time includes time spent on campus helping at tabling programs and helping at Health Enhancement activities (e.g. Bags Tournament, Last Bash, Open Houses, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, etc.).

      • Continuing Education
        Continuing education includes training opportunities, campus-wide programs, NIU events, and educational programs. Continuing education should be on a variety of topics but must be health and wellness-related.