Syracuse UniversityOffice of Health Promotion

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Our Approach

Many college students are arriving on college campuses having experienced--or experiencing during their time at college--health, wellness, and safety issues, including sexual and relationship violence, substance abuse, and/or mental health concerns.  As an institution of higher education, we know that these issues not only impact student well-being, but also their capacity to learn and flourish.

It is imperative that we address student health concerns before they arise or escalate, thereby reducing or removing barriers to students’ learning and enhancing their ability to succeed. As leaders in health prevention, the Office of Health Promotion utilizes theory- and evidence-based assessment, prevention, early intervention, and evaluation strategies to create a campus environment and culture that supports health and well-being, and enhances students’ personal skills and safety.  Using a population-based approach, we provide prevention and education services for the entire student body.

Fundamental assumptions about the role of health in higher education:

  • “there is a reciprocal relationship between learning and health, as well as a direct connection between the academic mission of higher education and the well-being of students;

  • in the broadest sense, health encompasses the capacity of individuals and communities to reach their potential;

  • health transcends individual factors and includes cultural, institutional, socioeconomic, and political influences;

  • health is not solely a biomedical quality measured through clinical indicators;

  • health, learning, and social justice are inextricably connected; and

  • both individual and environmental approaches to health are critical.”

(Council for the Advancement of Standards, 2011)