Carnegie Mellon University

The Health Promotion team supports the health and well-being of the Carnegie Mellon community.

Join us in creating a safe campus environment for our whole community by participating in our health education programs.

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs)

Peer Health Advocates are a group of student employees engaged in health education at Carnegie Mellon University. They offer programming around:

  • alcohol and other substance use
  • stress management
  • sexual health and healthy relationships
  • sleep health, nutrition and more 

Learn more about the PHA team

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CMU Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

CRC strives to connect, support, and engage students (and allies) in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Goals include increase student attainment of educational, career, and personal goals, reducing risky alcohol and other drug use among students in Collegiate Recovery Community, decreasing student attrition due to substance use, and contributing to a campus culture that supports health and wellness.

Community Initiatives

Healthy U Student Wellness Project

Every three years, many Student Affairs departments partner with Institutional Research and Analysis to conduct a community health assessment on the Pittsburgh campus to examine students' health-related experiences and behaviors, including sleep habits, physical activity, alcohol use, drug use, nicotine use, nutrition and weight management, sexual health, stress and stress management, and mental health and relationships.

Learn more about the Healthy U Survey

Health Promotion Products

We offer free health promotion supplies like safer sex barriers, cold care kits, health education literature and more for student leaders to supply to their communities.


MHFA: Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an eight-hour, nationally-recognized training which teaches audience members how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This training is offered once a month in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Sign up for the the December 13 (8:30 am - 5 pm) session

Spring 2020 Training Dates:

  • Friday, March 6
  • Wednesday, April 15
  • Thursday, May 28

Peer Body Project

The Peer Body Project, a fun and engaging evidence-based program to promote body acceptance while empowering female students, is being implemented at CMU. We currently have a group meeting and will be recruiting for another group soon. The program is open to all CMU undergraduate women who are at least 18 years old. Interested students should contact Beth Kotarski.

Individual Clinical Services

Health Promotion appointments include alcohol and substance use assessments, quit smoking support, sleep assessments, stress consultations, and sexual health testing and education.

Health & Wellness Calendar