Health Education and Promotion

Outreach programs and education improving the health of our campus community and helping our students be more successful in their academic and personal achievements.

Programs for Students

Campus health programs that the Student Health Center offers to help promote student wellness.

Students working out

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators are University of Nevada, Reno students who have been specially trained on a variety of health topics from, healthy eating to stress management to sexual health. They plan and implement important health promotion and outreach on our campus. Most importantly, these are students who are passionate about helping our campus community and they are here to help you! 


Health Den pop up tent with students

Health Den

The Health Den is our portable hub for all things health! You will spot it at events regularly throughout the semester. Most likely it will be staffed by one of our amazing Peer Health Educators. If you see the Health Den, please stop by!


Med school logo with stethoscope

Free STI Testing

Each Thursday morning during the semester from 8-10am we offer free testing for STIs. You can call beginning at 9am on Wednesdays (the day before testing) to schedule your appointment. There are 20 appointment slots available. Testing includes gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and HIV. Because many STIs have no symptoms and can have lasting health consequences it is important to get tested. Knowing your status is the key to sexual health!


N-ergy Program

This is a FREE wellness program for UNR students where you will receive information on nutrition and physical activity through a short weekly session, tracking, and lots of fun activities! This is a program for all levels of fitness! You can do things at your own N-ergy level! This program is about helping you love your body and live healthier!

Our Fall program is over, but check back in the Spring to register!

Our History

The Health Education and Promotion Program (HEP) was established in 2006. At the time, the Student Health Center was providing successful clinical services, but wanted to do more to enhance health education and outreach on campus. Now, several years later, we have an established program delivering quality health education and promotion to our students.

Our Mission

The mission of the Health Education and Promotion Program is to improve student health and health behaviors by:

  • Increasing awareness of health issues and risk factors;
  • Supporting policy that creates a healthy learning environment;
  • Providing health education outreach to students through events, social marketing, direct services, media outlets and programming; 
  • Collaborating campus and community wide to enhance all outreach efforts.