About Us

Mission Statement

Health Promotion provides education, outreach and advocacy to enhance the health of all students, faculty and staff. This is accomplished through advances in health promotion theory and research, excellence in health education practices and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.

We strive to:

  • Eliminate health disparities in the student population
  • Increase culturally competent health promotion services
  • Utilize best practices in health promotion and disease prevention
  • Describe the relationships between health status, student retention and academic success
  • Utilize theoretical and evidence-based methods of health promotion

Health Promotion Objectives*

Alignment with the Missions of Higher Education

  • Design health promotion initiatives that support student success as defined by the institution of higher education.
  • Disseminate research that demonstrates the effect of individual health behaviors and environmental factors on student success.
  • Advocate for health as core value of the institution of higher education.

Socioecological-Based Practice

  • Examine and address campus and community health issues at all levels of the socioecological model — intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, and public policy.
  • Focus primarily on transforming the campus and community environments through population-level initiatives.
  • Advocate for campus, local, state, and national policies that address campus and community health.

Collaborative Practice

  • Advocate for campus, local, state, and national policies that address campus and community health.
  • Advocate for a shared vision of health as the responsibility of all campus and community members.
  • Seek and cultivate interdisciplinary campus and community partnerships that advance health promotion initiatives.
  • Identify and mobilize stakeholders for collective action to create health promoting environments.
  • Utilize campus and community resources that maximize the reach and effectiveness of health promotion initiatives.

Cultural Competency

  • Design health promotion initiatives that are proactive, responsive, and sensitive to the needs and preferences of a diverse and changing population.
  • Design health promotion initiatives that are guided by values of cultural inclusion, respect, equality, and equity.

Theory-Based Practice

  • Design and implement health promotion initiatives that are guided by accepted theoretical frameworks and planning models.

Evidence-Informed Practice

  • Conduct population-based assessments of health status, needs, and assets.
  • Conduct environmental assessments of campus and community health needs and resources.
  • Develop measurable goals and objectives for health promotion initiatives.
  • Implement evidence-based health promotion initiatives with fidelity to maximize effectiveness.
  • Use accepted quantitative and qualitative methods for assessment and program evaluation.
  • Disseminate program evaluation results to campus and community stakeholders.

Continuing Professional Development and Service

  • Apply ethical principles to the practice of health promotion.

*Based upon the Standards of Practice in Health Promotion In Higher Education.