Office of Health Promotion

Rensselaer promotes, maintains, and improves individual and community health by teaching students individually and collectively how to take an active role in their own health care, while placing an emphasis on social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Health promotion initiatives at Rensselaer utilize comprehensive, trauma-informed, evidence-based best practices to improve health knowledge, behaviors, and skills of Rensselaer students, thereby enhancing academic success. It is our goal to lead students to positive change and/or reinforce existing knowledge, behaviors, and skills that support overall physical and mental health and wellness.

Programs & Topics Covered:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Narcan Training  
  • Mental Health 
  • Healthy Eating
  • Movement & Exercise
  • Safer Sex
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Human Sexuality
  • Stress Management 
  • Interpersonal Violence 
  • Self-Care & Wellness
  • Bystander Intervention Training

To request a confidential, one-on-one consultation on any health topic or to request a wellness workshop/training for your student club or organization, please email: 

Initiatives and Services

Wellness Workshops are free and available to all RPI students (undergraduate and graduate).

Registration is required for all wellness workshops. Register for any of our fall 2023 semester workshops via the following link:

Check back for monthly calendar updates regarding our fall 2023 semester wellness workshops! 

Brought to you by members of the RPI Mueller Center and RPI Office of Health Promotion, #RPIMentalHealthMondays or #RPIMHM has been providing students with a wealth of tips and resources on how to improve and maintain mental health since 2018.  

Posts can be found on our Instagram account: rpi.studenthealth

If you have any questions or suggestions for topics (!), please email us at:

#RPIMentalHealthMondays or #RPIMHM Logo

The RPI Rainbow Connection supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) campus community at Rensselaer. The RPI Rainbow Connection is housed on a Discord server, providing a virtual space for the RPI queer community and allies to meet, discuss, share, inquire, and inspire!  

The RPI LGBTQ+ Mentoring Network is housed on the RPI Rainbow Connection Discord server. This program pairs "mentors" ("out" LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and alumni) and "mentees" (LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students) in mentoring relationships.

For more information or to request an invitation to this Discord server, contact Tara R. Schuster:

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Rensselaer’s Bystander Intervention Training was first developed in fall 2013 by the Student Health Center and Counseling Center, utilizing evidence-based research to teach students skills that can be used to safely intervene in situations involving, but not limited to: substance misuse, sexual misconduct, mental health emergencies, hazing, and physical health emergencies. Keeping oneself and others safe while intervening is prioritized. 

To request a training for your student club or organization, please email:

The number of drug overdose and opioid-involved deaths continues to rise in the United States. More than six out of 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

Watch this brief video to learn how to administer Narcan: How To Administer Narcan

Fore more information about Narcan/Narcan Trainings, Fentanyl, and Xylazine click on the links below. 

Narcan & Narcan Training FAQs:

Image of intranasal Narcan spray, along with information about what Narcan is.


Fentanyl FAQs:

Picture of fentanyl pills and information about what fentanyl is.


Xylazine FAQs:

Picture of veterinarian with horse and information about what xylazine is.



Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

A complete list of meetings available in Rensselaer County:

Al-Anon of the Greater Capital District

Al-Anon meetings are for anyone who has been affected by someone’s drinking. For a listing of meetings available in the Capital District of New York visit:

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings



Conifer Park

Troy Outpatient Clinic
Phone: (518) 274-5143
Fax: (518) 273-1350
2435 Sixth Ave.
Troy, NY 12180

CPN Seal of Prevention

Pre-matriculation, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to complete two online educational programs: AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) created by Vector Solutions. AlcoholEdu is a personalized educational program that assesses individual risk, covers campus and federal policies, addresses harm-reduction (including abstinence), and covers on- and off-campus resources. SAPU covers sexual misconduct, campus and federal policies, and reviews on- and off-campus resources. 

In October of 2020, Rensselaer earned the highly regarded Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Seal of Prevention for our best-in-class prevention and wellness programs. The CPN Seal represents the highest standard for online prevention education, with a rigorous set of criteria to ensure we are making a measurable impact across the critical health and safety areas of alcohol misuse and sexual assault prevention. We are confident that our comprehensive digital education efforts, paired with the work that staff, faculty and students do every day to reinforce the values and expectations of our community, will support us in making Rensselaer the best it can be.

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