Health Promotion and Primary Prevention
The Department of Health Promotion and Primary Prevention challenges the health attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of our community through education, environmental management and harm reduction efforts so that our students and faculty are free to pursue their personal and academic goals.
At Olin Student Health Services, we provide services to address the health promotion, education, and prevention needs of MSU students. The department offers a wide array of campus and classroom educational programs, health promotion campaigns, and other health promotion strategies; including individualized educational programs such as:
Alcohol/Drug Education and Referral
The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Health Education Associate offers educational sessions for students concerned about their own alcohol use or that of a friend or family member.
Our Nutritionist offers no-charge, one-on-one counseling sessions for anything from general nutrition questions to eating disorder concerns.
HIV Education, Counseling & Testing
Free and anonymous testing and counseling is available by appointment only.
SPARTANfit programs strive to encourage, educate and support students on the benefits of incorporating regular physical activity into their daily lives.
Workshops & Presentations
Health-related workshops are available to residence halls, sororities, fraternities and other student groups associated with MSU. Topics include Exercise/Fitness, Nutrition, Sexual Wellness, and Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs.
“In Your Face Theatre Troupe”
The In Your Face Theatre Troupe is a group of student performers that present a series of entertaining, educational skits focusing on student health and lifestyle decision-making issues. Please visit our facebook here.
e-CHUG: Alcohol Self-Assessment
e-CHUG is a short, confidential, online assessment that provides students with individualized feedback based on their reported alcohol use. e-CHUG is free with no limit on how many times the survey can be taken, allowing students to track their alcohol use over a period of time.
MSU Student Food Bank
Provides supplemental food and necessities to students and families who are in need of this type of support.
Your Personal Health & Academic Success
Stress seems to be a common feature of college student life, particularly at a highly competitive university such as MSU:
71% of MSU students said they experienced stress last year.*
28% of MSU students report that stress seriously affected their academic performance.*
Besides affecting academics, stress is a major factor contributing to sleep disorders (reported by 24% of MSU students last year*). Stress can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and a weakened immune system making one more susceptible to colds and flu- the #1 reason MSU students gave for missing class.
To avoid being overwhelmed, plan ahead. Schedule regular activities to help manage stress: exercise, spending time with friends, massage, meditation or whatever works for you. Do the things you need to help you remain in sync. Don’t wait until you are too stressed out.
47% of undergraduate students experienced anxiety in the last year. Of those, 19% reported some type of negative impact on their academics.*
While navigating through the semester, be aware of any prolonged feelings of depression that you or others around you may be experiencing- i.e. feeling sad, hopeless, helpless, guilty, and/or worthless or having loss of interest in things such as social activities.
College, and life, can seem overwhelming at times. If you are concerned about possible depression or anxiety, visit the MSU Counseling Center website to complete an online assessment and/or review self-help resources.