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About HealthWorks

HealthWorks is a peer education/outreach program in University Health Services that aims to promote health among Penn State students.

The mission of HealthWorks is to:

Benefits of Joining HealthWorks

Training You'll Receive

Training consists of a mandatory 3-credit class (BB H 324) that addresses health behavior theory, health promotion strategies, and health issues relevant to the college population. Health topics include alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, sleep, and stress. The training class will be offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BB H) in Fall 2015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:15 pm.

Additional ongoing training will take place during the Spring 2016 semester.

Academic Credit

After completing the training class, members will earn 1 credit per semester through the BB H department (BB H 497B).

Time Commitment

You must be graduating Fall 2016 or laterto be eligible for HealthWorks. This is due to a three semester commitment, which includes the training class in Fall 2015 and two semesters of service following the training class.

The two semesters of service involve completing 45 hours per semester. To fulfill this requirement, all members are expected to attend a 1 hour weekly meeting and participate in about 3 hours of service activities per week. Some examples of service activities are:


There are several leadership opportunities that will help you develop additional skills after you have completed the semester of training. Examples include:

How to Apply

The HealthWorks class for Fall 2015 has been selected. The recruitment and application process will take place again in Spring 2016. If you are interested in applying next spring or if you have questions, stop by Health Promotion and Wellness in 201 Student Health Center or call (814) 863-0461. You may also contact us by e-mail at

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