Health Promotion

Health Promotion Department's Mission:

ducks kick butt groupWe work to develop healthy campus communities that support students in reaching their full potential by providing health promotion, education, and prevention information and services. In addition, we are committed to providing student leadership opportunities under the guidance of social justice within a public health framework.

Social Justice - Create equality in the social, economic, environmental, human rights, and cultural contributors to health and prevention of disease.

Public Health – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Health Promotion Vision Statement:

The Health Promotion Department serves as a catalyst and works collaboratively with university and community partners to empower students and to move the campus towards social justice, healthy choices, and risk reduction practices. Our work is driven by evidence based, theory-driven practices utilizing data to drive initiatives.

Health Promotion Values:

The Health Promotion Department embraces the University Health Center’s stated values in the strategic plan. These include:

  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Multicultural competency
  • Personal development
  • Responsible stewardship

Peer Wellness Advocates

Peer Wellness Advocates (PWA) is a peer-to-peer volunteer organization that provides educational, non-judgmental health information and resources to the UO community. PWA offers an exciting leadership opportunity that will give you the chance to get involved on your campus as an advocate, educator, role model and change agent while building skills, relationships, and your resumé. The program is open to all students at UO and facilitates health and wellness programs at the Duck Nest Wellness Center.

Click here for details about Peer Health Education or to request a presentation

National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a survey, created by the American College Health Association, which asks college students about their health and health risk behaviors. For more information and data about UO students' health behaviors, review the 2016 NCHA Executive Summary (PDF).

Campus-wide Health Promotion Activities

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All of the University of Oregon campus is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Take advantage of our services to support you in your cessation efforts.

Tobacco Cessation Services for UO students:

Many health insurance programs also provide some free Nicotine Replacement products and counseling. Check with your insurance program to see what they offer.

If you are a UO employee looking for tobacco cessation services there are many free services provided to you and your eligible dependents 18 or older through PEBB's Free and Clear Program. Check out their website for all the details at