About Us

About Us

Mission
Student Health Promotion utilizes events, programs and community partnerships to empower Georgia State University students to make informed, healthy lifestyle decisions. Student Health Promotion’s population-based approach to health promotion also includes sensitivity to issues of social justice, race, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation and individual differences and efforts to broaden student engagement across campus.

Approach
Student Health Promotion utilizes a population-based approach in its efforts to ensure that appropriate prevention activities occur across the continuum of wellness. Health isn’t defined only by physical health but also includes mental and social health. Working in conjunction with the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Health Promotion tackles issues surrounding:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use
  • Health and safety
  • Nutrition and regular exercise
  • Safe sex practices
  • Violence prevention
Student Health Promotion supports its mission by providing primary prevention services, events and programs in the physical, psychological, spiritual and social dimensions of health. Specifically, Student Health Promotion provides services, events and programs across five core areas of student health:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention includes interactive health promotion programs related to substance use, misuse and abuse and participation in national and local awareness events, such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Safer Break Week, Great American Smoke Out and National Alcohol Screening Day.
  • Health and safety includes interactive health promotion programs and educational literature focused on general wellness, stress management, cancer prevention, personal hygiene, sleep, self defense and health fairs and participation in campaigns, such as Love Your Body Week and Enough is Enough Week.
  • Healthy nutrition includes interactive health promotion programs and educational literature focused on healthy eating habits, healthy snacks, eating on a college budget and food safety and participation in national and local awareness events, such as Have a Heart Day, Wellness on Wheels (WOW) and Love Your Body Week.
  • Healthy sexuality includes interactive health promotion programs on topics, such as safer sex, sexually transmittable infections, contraception and planning; providing free and confidential HIV testing services and participation in national and local awareness event, such as World AIDS Day, Safer Sex Week, National HIV Testing Day, Day of Silence and National Coming Out Day.
  • Violence prevention includes interactive violence prevention programs, such as Step UP! (bystander intervention strategies) and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault (an online prevention module) and participation in national and local awareness events, such as Vagina Monologues, Domestic Violence Awareness Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, National Violence Prevention Day and Take Back the Night.

Student Health Promotion practices a comprehensive approach in its harm reduction, intentional injury and illness and disease prevention strategies. For example:

Student Health Promotion uses trained graduate and undergraduate students called peer health educators. The peer health educators provide many of the department’s services and provide key leadership in creating a healthy campus. They receive specialized training in public health initiatives, health promotion programming and dimensions of wellness.

Overview of Responsibilities
The essential function of a peer health educator student assistant is to assist in increasing the health literacy of the university community. This typically involves educating students and other members of the campus community about health enhancing behaviors, including methods to minimize negative health behaviors. All peer health educators are required to complete an initial training period in the area of health and wellness. A key responsibility of this job is outreach. This involves setting up education stations across campus and engaging the campus community in health literacy and awareness activities.

Overview of Hours
The position requires a minimum of 10 hours per week to maintain current employment and a maximum of 20 hours per week based upon availability of hours. Peer health educators can also expect to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Process
Student Health Promotion hires student assistants, Panther Work Program participants and Federal Work-Study program participants as peer health educators. All applicants must submit a resume and completed application. Finalists will be contacted to schedule an interview which includes preparing a 20 minute presentation.

Peer Health Advocates
In addition to paid staff, Student Health Promotion also welcomes volunteers to serve on campus wide events, programs by request or to establish a set number of hours per month. Many volunteers eventually apply and become paid staff. Students should complete the Volunteer Information Form to provide more information about their areas of interest.