Health Promotion Services

The Health Promotion Unit at University Health Services coordinates a wide range of educational and outreach activities to promote the health and well-being of Cal students, including academic health courses, individual appointments, workshops, volunteer and internship opportunities, and consultation and training. Meet the Health Promotion staff!

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About Health Promotion at UC Berkeley

  • How do you define health?
  • How do you define well-being?
  • What are the connections between your lifestyle, surroundings, culture and health?
  • What communities are you a part of? What are the most important issues facing your communities? Have you thought about what you can do to bring about positive change?

The Health Promotion Unit is here to assist Cal students in promoting health and well-being and preventing illness and injuries. Our programs are designed:

  • To help students learn information and skills and to support them in engaging in behaviors that promote health and prevent illness and injury;
  • To work with student peer educators to create environments that support health, build community, and encourage respect, understanding, and compassion; and
  • To support campus communities in assessing and addressing health-related issues.

Staying healthy and being an active participant in your well-being can increase your success here at Cal. As a student, there are a variety of ways you can take advantage of Health Promotion services. For example:

  • Learn how to reduce your stress through an individual consultation with a health educator.
  • Ask any questions you've always wanted to know about safer sex or sexual pleasure during a confidential sexual health appointment.
  • Talk with the student "Health Worker" who is connected to your co-op, family housing unit, fraternity, sorority, International House, or residence hall and access the breadth of health information, referrals, and supplies they can provide you.
  • Develop skills, help others, make friends, have fun, and learn more about health and medical careers by being a peer health educator.
Activities and Events Throughout the year, Health Promotion staff and peer educators host and participate in events on campus. Some activities to watch for:
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • National Condom Day
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • World AIDS Day
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Week
  • See Event Calendar for current activities.

If you are interested in helping out with occasional events, join the Health Promotion street team! Subscribe to our mailing list online, and you will receive e-mails about upcoming events that need volunteers.

Brochures If you are a resident assistant putting on an event, we may be able to provide some health topic brochures.
Consultation and Training Health Promotion staff can consult and provide training on a variety of health topics, including alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and STI prevention. Trainings can be tailored to student leaders, and/or staff and faculty. Call (510) 642-7202 for more information.
Education and Information Campaigns Each year, Health Promotion staff work with students to develop campaigns that raise awareness on current health issues, which are shared on here on the Tang website, in student residences and via social media.
Get Involved with Health Promotion! If you are interested in serving as a peer educator, promoting health and wellness on campus, or assisting with health campaigns or events, click here to read more.
Hours, Location and Contact Info See Tang Center Hours.
Location: 2010 Tang Center
Contact: (510) 642-7202
Individual Health & Wellness Education Appointments Health educators meet with students to discuss self-care and healthy lifestyle choices. Topics include but are not limited to stress management, procrastination, insomnia, headaches, test anxiety, and sexuality concerns.

Call (510) 642-2000 to schedule a confidential appointment.

Self-Care and Education

A wide variety of health topics are addressed in educational materials available throughout the Tang Center and in Online Health Topics A-Z.

Health Promotion offers students the opportunity to relax in a comfortable massage chair. Drop-in 15-minute sessions. NOTE: this is a massage chair, not a session with a massage therapist.

Sexual Health Education Appointments Trained peer educators are available to answer questions about safer sex and how to make it fun, sexual communication, alternatives to sex, birth control, LGBTIQ sexual health issues, and more. Individuals and couples welcome.

Call (510) 642-2000 to schedule a free, confidential appointment. See Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) for more information.
Workshops Peer educators and professional staff facilitate discussions and lead presentations for campus organizations, living centers, and academic classes. Presentation styles include personal testimonials, lectures, and group discussion and interactive exercises. Workshops and presentations are available on a wide variety of health topics, including:
  • Safer sex and sexual health
  • Stress management
  • Overview of Tang Center services
  • Understanding and preventing hate violence
  • Preventing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking
  • Bystander training to prevent violence
  • Being an ally

Call Health Promotion at (510) 642-7202 to schedule a workshop.


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