The Big Five!

What makes our program distinctive? The "Big Five!"

  1. H.E.A.L. While other Health Promotion programs focus on a wide range of health concerns, such as tobacco use, alcohol/ substance misuse, and unsafe sexual practices, among other topics, our program focuses on H.E.A.L. which stands for Healthy Eating and Activity Lifestyles. Essentially, our program focuses on how healthy eating, active living, and stress reduction/management can promote health and well-being in a variety of populations.
  2. Our program has a more "proximal" focus on health behavior than some other health promotion-public health programs. Students who graduate from our program therefore *understand people and how to work with them in real time, utilizing communication strategies that are respectful of individual and cultural differences. Rather than engaging in surveillance and risk factor identification, components of public programs in general, our students get close to people in communities, stakeholders and individual community members, to understand intimately what health means to them and what works for them.
  3. Our program is INTERDISCLINARY. What does this mean?
    • Coursework is taken with students from several disciplines -- those who are studying
      • Healthy Eating (students in our MS in Sports Nutrition) and
      • Active Living (students in our MS in Strength & Conditioning
    • Professors have multiple areas of expertise and research interests
    • Students do research projects and practica with students in other disciplines
  4. Our program emphasizes Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
    • Coursework includes opportunities to develop the following interprofessional competencies:
      • Communication
      • Quality & Safety
      • Teamwork
  5. Applied & Service learning. We have a variety of sites on-campus and off-campus in our Colorado Springs community where students are involved with service delivery and research.
    • Settings include:
      • Community
      • Clinical             
      • Corporate
      • Commercial

In these settings students engage with a wide variety of people -- school children, senior citizens, employees, patients who are managing chronic disease, athletes, etc.

NOTE: We also have a high value for and are committed to sustainability.
Sustainability is...

  • meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Brundtland, 1987)
  • improving the quality and equity of human life while living within the carrying capacity of support eco-systems
  • acting with respect for nature, universal human rights, and economic justice.

At UCCS, social, economic, and ecological values have been integrated into the policies, programs, and practices of UCCS. Strategic planning helps UCCS achieve this integration as well as the goal of institutionalizing and creating a culture of sustainability on campus. Click the hyperlink to visit the Office of Sustainability

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Last Updated: January 25, 2017
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