The mission of Student Health Promotion is to provide (and support) health promotion services (i.e., office oriented activities), events (i.e., campus wide activities), programs (i.e., target-audience specific activities), and community partnerships (i.e., co-sponsors in health enhancement), which empower Georgia State University students to make informed, healthier, choices and engage in harm reduction, intentional injury, and illness/disease prevention strategies.
Broadening our Scope
There are significant opportunities for health enhancement through the use of appropriate and science-based (i.e., best practice) approaches to health promotion. Student Health Promotion at Georgia State University has taken a population-based approach in its health promotion efforts to ensure that appropriate prevention activities occur across the continuum of wellness. This population-based approach typically focuses on the first tier of prevention, referred to as primary prevention (i.e., education); although in some instances secondary prevention (i.e., intervention) is appropriate and utilized. 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 the campus.
A Comprehensive Approach
Student Health Promotion practices a comprehensive approach in its harm reduction, intentional injury, and illness/disease prevention strategies. For example:
- Student Health Promotion utilizes the American College Health Association’s Standards of Practice for College Health Promotion Programs.
- Student Health Promotion follows the recommendations taken from the American College Health Association, Healthy Campus 2010.
- Student Health Promotion is already actively engaged in program evaluation and outcome analysis, which provide much of the content for its annual report.
Use of Peer Educators
The Department of Student Health Promotion uses trained graduate and undergraduate peer educators called PHEs – Peer Health Educators. The PHEs provide many of the Department’s 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.
- Core Content Areas
Student Health Promotion provides a variety of services, events, and programs across these six health promotion content areas.
- Executive Reports