MSU Denver

Become a Peer Health Educator!

To learn more about becoming a Peer Health Educator and to apply, visit

But hurry! Applications close FRIDAY, December 3rd, 2021!

Peer Health Exchange is hosting a Pizza and Plunder lunch on Monday, November 8th from 11am-1pm! 

Stop by the Office of Health and Applied Sciences (WC 133) to learn more about becoming a Peer Health Educator, o chat with program manager Tessa O’Connell, and to grab some pizza and plunder (or MSU Denver swag).

Please RSVP at if you plan to attend so we can order enough pizza for everyone!

Please contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns

Who we are

The Health Institute at MSU Denver is a one-of-a-kind initiative to re-imagine health education and meet the current demand for highly skilled health professionals. With 17,000+ undergraduates, the university enjoys the most diverse student body in Colorado. And, of the 5,600 students majoring in the 10 academic departments of the Health Institute, almost 50% are students of color.

Combining health related academics with real world, interdisciplinary experience, this collaboration will advance health equity in Colorado by diversifying the workforce and cultivating a whole-person approach to wellness.

Get Involved

To learn more about how to partner with the Health Institute, please contact the Health Institute Director of Development and PartnershipsDr. Emily Matuszewicz

Health Institute Accomplishments

Health Professions Certification

100% pass rate for students taking the National Board of Medical Examiners Health and Wellness Coaching Certifying Exam, October 2020

Nursing Program:

  • RN Pass Rates 2020 – Accelerated Nursing Option 95 %, Traditional Nursing Option 100%
  • RN Job Placement Rates 2019: Accelerated Nursing Option 96%, Traditional Nursing Option, 86%
  • Health Navigation Grant with Otero Junior College ($16,000), awarded from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Statewide Health Navigator Workforce Initiative.
  • Contact Tracing Training Development with Front Range Community College ($20,000), contract given by the Tri County Health Department and Adams County City Offices.


Social Work Program:

  • Social Work HEALS (Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars) Scholars aims to develop the next generation of health-care social work leaders who will stand ready to lead efforts to address system-level changes, heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and address the issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.
  • MSU Denver SWK HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Enhancement Training scholars have all been employed in integrated and or behavioral health positions with 95% employed 3 months post-graduation. Employment is with underserved populations. 
  • MSU Denver Social work graduates go on to fill highly needed workforce positions in Colorado. 

      • 81% of graduates find a job in the field in 2 months or less of graduation (over 90% after 6 months). 30% are hired by their field placement agency.
      • The top five areas our graduates work in are Mental Health/Community Mental Health, Health/Medical Social Work, Child Welfare, and Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse areas- all of which often are in medically underserved communities (which are disproportionally diverse groups and/or low income).
      • Each year the Department of SWK serves approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students of which 39% are first generation and 30% students of