About Us

About Us

Your health is our business!
Mission
The mission of Student Health Promotion is to provide and support health promotion services, events, programs, and partnerships that increase health literacy, healthy communication, healthy choices, and health promotion advocacy.

Student Health Promotion utilizes events, programs, and community partnerships to empower Georgia State University students to make informed, healthy lifestyle decisions.

How do we operate?
Our Department of Student Health Promotion utilizes a population-based approach in its health promotion 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 Office, Student Health Promotion tackles issues surrounding drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, safe sex practices, healthy eating and exercise, and violence prevention. Our office focuses on the education of our students, however, is fully prepared to intervene as appropriate. Our population-based approach to health promotion also includes sensitivity to issues of social justice, race, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation, individual differences, and efforts to broaden student engagement across campus.

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

  1. Student Health Promotion utilizes the American College Health Association’s Standards of Practice for College Health Promotion Programs.
  2. Student Health Promotion follows the recommendations taken from the American College Health Association, Healthy Campus 2020.
  3. Student Health Promotion is already actively engaged in program evaluation and outcome analysis, which provide much of the content for its annual report.

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, DSHP provides services, events, and programs across FIVE (5) core areas of health: 1) alcohol, tobacco, other drug prevention; 2) health and safety; 3) healthy nutrition; 4) healthy sexuality; and 5) violence prevention.

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention:includes interactive health promotion programs related to substance use and misuse and abuse; it also includes the participation in National and local awareness events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Safer Break Week, MADD Strides for Change, Great American Smoke Out, and National Alcohol Screening Day
  • Health and Safety: includes interactive health promotion programs on topics such as pedestrian and driver safety, cancer prevention, illness prevention, personal hygiene, sleep, and other general wellness topics; also includes the participation in National and local awareness events such as Click-it or Ticket, Pedestrian Safety Week, Health and Wellness Week, Komen for the Cure, Love Your Body Week, and health fairs. DSHP also provides free, confidential HIV testing services.
  • Healthy Nutrition: includes interactive health promotion programs on topics such as healthy eating habits, healthy snacks, eating on a college budget, and food safety; also includes the participation in National and local awareness events such as Have a Heart Day, Wellness on Wheels (WOW), and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW).
  • Healthy Sexuality: includes interactive health promotion programs on topics such as safer sex, sexually transmittable infections, contraception, sexuality, and family planning; also includes the participation in National and local awareness events such as World AIDS Day, Safer Sex Week, National HIV Testing Day, Day of Silence, and National Coming Out Day. DSHP also provides free, confidential HIV testing services.
  • Violence Prevention: includes interactive health promotion programs on topics such as anger management, violence prevention, sexual assault, and domestic violence (including Man-to-Man “safe” talk programs on domestic violence);  also includes the participation in national and local awareness events such as Rape Awareness Week, National Violence Prevention Day, and Take Back the Night.

The Department of Student Health Promotion uses trained graduate and undergraduate peer educators called PHEs – Peer Health Educators. The PHEs provide many of the Departments services and provide key leadership in creating a healthy campus. The PHEs have received specialized training in public health initiatives, health promotion programming, and dimensions of wellness. Peer Health Educators help to develop, plan, and implement services, events, and programs that promote and enhance the well-being of students and the campus-community. The PHEs are the University’s first response to health promotion and wellness education.