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Passionate about health and wellness? HealthWorks is a student peer education and outreach program that promotes health at University Park.

The HealthWorks program offers student volunteers two unique opportunities to share and promote health information on campus. These opportunities include:

  1. One-on-one wellness services for students
  2. Outreach activities and educational workshops
Our Mission

The mission of HealthWorks is to:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of health issues such as sexual health, nutrition and fitness, stress, sleep, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, financial wellness, body image and eating disorders, and wellness
  • Empower students to engage in healthy behaviors
  • Provide health education programs, information, and materials to students
  • Provide one-on-one wellness services
  • Advocate for a healthy Penn State community
Benefits of Joining HealthWorks
  • Gain up-to-date knowledge needed to address various health issues
  • Develop public speaking and leadership skills
  • Improve interpersonal and communication skills
  • Become a valuable health resource for your friends and peers
  • Advocate to improve health-related programs and services at Penn State
  • Make a difference in the health of Penn State students
  • Build friendships and your professional network
  • Work closely with health promotion staff
  • Enhance your resume
  • Earn academic credit
Required Training

Training consists of a mandatory three-credit class 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, stress, and financial literacy. There will be two separate training classes for each group of peer educators. The classes will be offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health during the fall semester. No prerequisite is required.

Academic Credit

After completing the training class, students will earn one credit per semester through the biobehavioral health department.

Time Commitment

Student volunteers must commit to at least three semesters with the HealthWorks program (one semester of training and two semesters of service--these do not need to be consecutive). For this reason, all HealthWorks applicants must plan to graduate fall 2019 or after to be eligible for the program.

The two semesters of service involve completing 45 hours per semester. To fulfill this requirement, students participating in the one-on-one services volunteer option are expected to provide four hours of services per week. Students who participate in the outreach and workshop section are expected to attend a one-hour weekly meeting and participate in at least three hours of activities per week.

The peer educators for the one-on-one wellness services provide sessions on the following topics:

  • Stress reduction and time management
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Healthy relationships and sexual health
  • Financial wellness.

Some examples of activities and responsibilities for outreach and workshop volunteers are:

  • Staffing outreach tables and events (e.g., Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Safer Spring Break, Earth Week, and Access to Protection safer sex outreach)
  • Facilitating programs (Alcohol Workshop, Mission: Nutrition, Safer Sex Party, Stress Less, Got Sleep?)
  • Planning and implementing health promotion initiatives (Healthy Eating with HealthWorks cooking videos, physical activity events)
  • Providing HIV pre- and post-test counseling
Leadership Opportunities

Leadership opportunities will help you develop additional skills after you have completed the semester of training. Examples include:

  • Become a team leader to help manage health promotion initiatives
  • Coordinate health programming
  • Collaborate with other groups on health promotion efforts
How to Apply

You must be graduating fall 2019 or after to be eligible for HealthWorks.

  1. Complete the online application by March 2, 2018.
    You will be required to provide the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of a current/former employer, advisor, or instructor who can complete a recommendation form on your behalf. We will email the individual a form, which s/he must complete by March 12, 2018.
  2. Submit one copy of your unofficial (advising) transcript by March 2, 2018.
    1. Drop it off in 201 Student Health Center, or the Wellness Suite in 20 Intramural Building
    2. Fax it to (814) 865-7212
    3. Mail it to Health Promotion and Wellness, 20 Intramural Building, University Park, PA 16802

Instructions for Viewing & Printing Your Unofficial Transcript in LionPath:

  • Log into LionPath
    • From the other academic drop-down menu, select Transcript: View Unofficial.
    • Click the double arrow (GO) The View Unofficial Transcript page is displayed.
    • Select Advising Transcript from the Report Type drop-down menu.
    • Click the view report Note: Do not click on any other buttons or links while processing is taking place. You will see a spinning wheel in the upper right corner of the screen, under the Sign out link, that will indicate your request is processing.
    • A pdf of your unofficial transcript is displayed in a new window. Use the print option to print your unofficial transcript.
  • Request a copy from the Penn State Registrar in 112 Shields Building.

Applicants will be notified of their status by March 23, 2018. Interviews will take place April 2 - April 6, 2018.

Interviewees will be notified by April 13, 2018. If you are accepted into the HealthWorks training class, you must accept or decline your offer by April 20, 2018.