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Health Promotion

UHS Health Promotion
Phone (512) 475-8252

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
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Classes and Workshops


The UHS Office of Health Promotion helps UT students get and stay healthy with a variety of resources. We support the mission of University Health Services by offering programs that help prevent health conditions or health-related behaviors from being a barrier to a student's academic and personal success.

A Focus on Data

Assessment and evaluation are at the core of our work. Our initiatives and programs are grounded in ongoing research and evaluation that ensure they are needed, relevant, and effective. In addition to ongoing assessment of our various initiatives, we annually administer the National College Health Assessment to inform our health promotion efforts.

Wellness Network

The UHS Office of Health Promotion, through leadership in the UT Wellness Network, works with our partners across the university to create a campus culture that values and fosters wellness.

Health & Academic Performance

A student's health and their ability to thrive academically are closely linked. Through our initiatives and programs, the Health Promotion team contributes to UHS' mission to support students in reaching their optimal health so they can achieve their academic and personal potential. Learn more about health and academic performance.


healthyhorns peer educator program


The goal of the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program is for students to be health leaders on campus, empowering fellow UT students to make well-informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and positively influencing a healthy campus culture. Healthyhorns Peer Educators fulfill the program's goal by receiving training in the foundations of public health, providing interactive and educational outreach activities such as presenting workshops to student groups, and developing and staffing initiatives that positively impact students' health. For information on how to request a peer-led workshop, visit the classes and workshops page. To find out more about becoming a Healthyhorns Peer Educator, visit Volunteer With Us.
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Health Promotion Staff


Susan Kirtz

Susan Kirtz, MPH

Health Promotion Coordinator - Interim Manager
Susan coordinates health promotion initiatives focused on healthy sexuality and high-risk drinking prevention. She also serves as a member of the UHS Assessment Team, and contributes to the UT Wellness Network as Assessment Committee Chair. Susan earned her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior from the from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she specialized in health communication, community engagement, and sexual wellness promotion. She has over eight years of professional experience in health promotion, marketing communication, and graphic design. Prior to her graduate program, Susan worked for a non-profit organization serving runaway and homeless youth in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Music and Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College, and remains an active violin teacher and performer.



William Mupo

William Mupo, MPA

Health Promotion Coordinator
William coordinates programs focused on the prevention of high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harm, as well as physical activity, nutrition, and positive body image promotion. William completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles in History and then gained clinical experience working as a physical therapy aide. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia concentrating on health policy and administration. William’s previous public health experience includes a fellowship at the New Orleans Health Department with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implementing community fitness and trauma response initiatives.




Shannon Hanby

Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH

Health Promotion Coordinator
Mandy coordinates and teaches the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program, leads campus health promotion initiatives focused on sleep, and administers the online educational programs, AlcoholEdu and Haven, that address alcohol and drug risk reduction and sexual assault prevention. Mandy earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in community and administrative leadership. Mandy has extensive research and program experience in health promotion and youth development as well as professional experience in areas including: teen parent services, homelessness interventions, and youth education programming. Prior to her position with the Office of Health Promotion, Mandy worked locally for an international non-profit organization, focusing on adolescent reproductive health and youth empowerment. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Fine Arts from Boston University.



Julie Newton, Administrative Associate, Office Manager

Zach Ford, Senior Administrative Associate


What We Do: Health Promotion & Prevention

The Health Promotion office addresses priority health issues on campus, including but not limited to: healthy sexuality, nutrition, body image, physical activity, hydration, prescription drug abuse, sleep, and high-risk drinking. Our evidence-based approach includes multi-level prevention strategies such as peer education, health education, social marketing, social norms initiatives, environmental change strategies, and strategic campus partnerships. Our initiatives and programs include:


healthyhorns study natural program


The misuse of prescription drugs, especially prescription stimulants or "study drugs", is a growing problem on our campus. Some students feel like the majority of their friends using study drugs, and they feel pressured to use or to 'catch up' with peers. A recent UT survey found that the majority (87%) of students do not use study drugs. This social norms initiative promotes the fact that many Longhorns choose to 'study natural'.
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healthyhorns play safe program


Our healthy sexuality initiative aims to empower UT students to make healthy sexual decisions that are right for them, including the choice not to have sex. Our initiative includes peer educator-led workshops, methods of contraception classes, free condom distribution, and social marketing campaigns.
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healthyhorns love your body program


Love Your Body is a campaign focusing on healthy, positive care and views of one's body. Core areas of this initiative are fitness, nutrition, and body image. From exercising for the fun of it, dining on a variety of foods, and loving the skin you're in, this broad-reaching initiative is dedicated to encouraging a campus culture of self-defined and self-fulfilling physical and mental health.
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AlcoholEdu


AlcoholEdu is an online educational program all incoming University of Texas at Austin students must complete. Through interactive and personalized course content, the program teaches college students risk reduction in the areas of alcohol and drugs.
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healthyhorns know your line program


Know Your Line is a campaign to help students who choose to drink alcohol reduce the risk that they will experience negative consequences associated with drinking. Fact: the majority of UT students choose to drink moderately. The gap between actual alcohol usage in the last 30 days (69%) and perceived use of alcohol among peers at UT-Austin is pronounced: survey respondents thought 96% of their peers drank alcohol in the last 30 days, representing a 27% over-estimation of drinking behavior. Social media messages, branded materials, and strategies to reduce risky game-day drinking are key elements of Know Your Line.
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Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS)


BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. Services provided through BASICS are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and confidential.
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healthyhorns nap map


Sleep and academic performance are closely linked, making this a priority health issue on our campus. This initiative promotes healthy sleeping habits and hygiene while providing students informational support (via the Nap Map) to get much-needed sleep.
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healthy student orgs program


The Healthy Student Organization Program highlights registered and/or sponsored organizations doing great work promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition, and general wellness for their members. The free program connects student organizations to health and wellness resources while providing recognition and rewards to organizations positively impacting UT Austin students.
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healthyhorns lending library


Our lending library houses hundreds of credible and up-to-date books, CDs, DVDs, and other media related to physical and emotional wellness. Most items can be checked out with a valid UT student ID.
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healthyhorns TXT program


A text messaging program aimed at supporting the health and academic success of students at The University of Texas at Austin. Subscribers receive brief, timely information about campus events, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, alcohol risk reduction, stress management, and other general college health tips. Text HORNS to 512-277-5539 to subscribe!
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RA resources


As an RA, you are in a unique position to positively impact the health of our campus. The Health Promotion office is here to help you!
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