Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Courses, Trainings & Workshops

CMU students can earn credits from academic courses that focus on mental and physical health, the environment, resilience and more. Carnegie Mellon also offers a wide variety of wellness and personal development workshops, trainings, and certifications through a variety of departments.

Take a course. Attend a training. Go at your own pace.

Wellness-Themed Academic Courses

  • Body Politics (79331)
  • Global Health and Climate Change (99348)
  • Hack Your Life (85105)
  • Health Psychology (85742)
  • Mindful Living Mini (99153)
  • Physical Education Courses
  • Student-Led Courses (StuCo) 98xxx
  • Topics in Health and Physical Activity Mini (69120)
  • Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond (99195)
This course is designed to explore the subject of stress and how it can be managed to improve health and wellbeing. We will explore the environmental, physical and emotional contributors to stress; factors that affect the experience of stress; the role of stress in health and illness; and opportunities to practice a number of stress management techniques. Each student will create and implement a personal stress management plan.
This six-unit mini course will explore the expression of human relationships and sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on college health and the social, cultural and health factors that affect relational interactions. This course is designed to assist students with improved functioning in personal relationships, provide information to take care of their sexual health and help them acquire skills to make decisions now and in the future. Topic areas will include relationships, sexual behavior, sexual health and interpersonal skills. Academic support will be provided by campus and community partners.

Supporting Student Well-Being: Faculty Professional Development in Recognizing & Assisting Students in Distress

This is a 90-minute faculty-designed, professional development opportunity that is meant to serve as a broad overview of how best to aid students at Carnegie Mellon University. Following this session, faculty should be able to (1) articulate key findings about the CMU student mental health experience, (2) describe the vital role of faculty in supporting students, (3) identify the appropriate methods to assist students, and (4) describe the available support resources on campus.

Training Dates for 2023-2024 Academic Year:


This training is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and facilitated by a Student Affairs team. 

Training & Workshops

Bias Busters

BiasBusters@CMU is modeled on Google’s Bias Busting@Work program and developed in concert with Google. The program engages participants in issues of bias, diversity and inclusion. BiasBusters sessions are led by members of the CMU community who are trained as program facilitators. Register for a Bias Busters workshop.

CaPS 101

CaPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) provides an overview of services, addresses myths about waiting times, discusses how to refer or access services and answers any questions you may have. The length of this training varies depends upon need. Register for CaPS 101.

COPE Workshops

COPE (CaPS Outreach Prevention and Education) engages the CMU community through holistic and inclusive trainings that increase access to services, reduce barriers and help eliminate the stigma around seeking help. Any student, faculty or staff affiliated with CMU can request request COPE services.

Emerging Leaders

A long-stranding CMU tradition for first-year undergraduate students held in the spring semester and led by upperclass student leader mentors, Emerging Leaders promotes the development of leadership skills through collaborative civic engagement and service initiatives within the Pittsburgh community. Learn more about Emerging Leaders.

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers a wide variety of training courses intended to improve your ability to recognize and mitigate risk and help you maintain a safe work environment. Learn more about EHS trainings.

Green Dot

At Carnegie Mellon, we are committed to ensuring that every community member feels safe and protected. Originally conceived in the college campus setting to prevent dating violence, sexual violence and stalking, Green Dot relies on the premise that if every member of the campus community does their small part, the combined effect is a culture that is safe and intolerant of violence. Sign up for a Green Dot training.

How to Help a Friend

This 90-minute training is offered to students, faculty and staff to educate about the signs of distress and when, how and if to intervene. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can customize the content and length of the training to the needs of the audience. Request the How to Help a Friend training.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based, nationally-recognized training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and support individuals struggling with mental health or substance use challenges. MHFA 2.0 is a virtual training consisting of two hours of self-paced instruction followed by five hours of live instructor-led training via Zoom. Register for MHFA.

MOSAIC Conference

The MOSAIC Conference centers intersectionality as the root of our understanding of identity. As a regional conference, MOSAIC pulls in key partners from the Greater Pittsburgh community to create space and provide tools for conversations about intersectional identities. Attendees discuss the multiple layers of identity and how to apply this understanding both inside and outside of academic spaces. Learn more about the MOSAIC Conference.

Question, Persuade, Refer

Accredited by the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and PoliciesQuestion, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a two-hour suicide prevention training designed to educate about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The process follows three steps: question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, persuade the person to seek and accept help, and refer the person to appropriate resources. Learn more about (QPR).

Tartan Allies

Tartan Allies is offered to CMU faculty, staff, and students to foster a network of people who are committed to an affirming environment for all at CMU. In particular, the series focuses on being an ally to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Tartan Allies is made up of three progressive sessions, with participants free to choose the number they wish to complete. Learn more about Tartan Allies.

Women in Leadership

The Women in Leadership program aims to provide leadership development, guided reflection, networking opportunities, and support for woman-identified students at Carnegie Mellon. Events are formally supported by the Carnegie Leadership Consultants and the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement. Learn more about Women in Leadership.

Life Labs

Life Labs showcase a range of well-being topics (listed below) and can be personalized to specific groups. They are applicable to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. 

  • An Honest Conversation about Failure
  • An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 
  • Burnout: How to Manage Stress 
  • Championing Wellness in Your Organization/Department
  • Connecting to the World Around Us:  Nature-Based Mindfulness Practices
  • Infuse the Good: Cultivating a Gratitude Practice
  • Inspiring Wellness through a Non-American Lens:  Hygge, Lagom, and Wabi-Sabi
  • Managing Your Energy
  • Present Over Perfect: How to Cultivate a Quality of Attention in Your Life and Work
  • Resilience: Moving from a Space of Challenge to One of Commitment
  • Self-Compassion and Our Inner Coach
  • Sustaining Healthy Habits in a Busy World