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.

Health promotion initiatives at Rensselaer are evidence-based and comprehensive efforts to improve health knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and skills of Rensselaer students. It is our goal to lead students to positive change and/or reinforce existing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding overall personal health and wellness.

Programs & Topics Covered:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Narcan Training (in collaboration with Rensselaer County Health Dept.) 

  • Mental Health & Wellness 

  • Healthy Eating

  • Movement & Exercise

  • Safer Sex

  • Sleep Hygiene

  • Human Sexuality

  • Stress Management 

  • Intimate Partner Violence 

  • Self-Care & Wellness

To request a group program, complete the Health Promotion Program Request link (on this page - above and to the right). To request a confidential, one-on-one consultation please email: 

Initiatives and Services

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 risk-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.  


Many of you know that at Rensselaer, we take a proactive, comprehensive approach to supporting the whole student. This includes your overall wellbeing, starting even before you begin your studies at our university. We have made it a priority for all students to participate in a series of online wellness trainings aimed at creating a safer campus community. Some of these programs (AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates or SAPU) were required before your arrival on campus, and others are part of the ongoing wellness initiatives we integrate throughout your college experience. We believe this continued investment in prevention is central to upholding our mission, honoring your trust, and preparing you for success in all facets of your life - on campus and beyond.

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 sexual assault prevention and alcohol and drug misuse. We are confident that our comprehensive digital education efforts, paired with the work that faculty, staff and students like you do every day to reinforce the values and expectations of our community, will support us in making Rensselaer the best it can be.

CPN Seal of Prevention


Follow us on social media for daily wellness tips and information, as well as to keep abreast of upcoming programs and events hosted by Student Health Services. 

Follow us on Twitter: @RPIhealth

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Brought to you by members of the RPI Mueller Center, RPI Counseling Center and RPI Office of Health Promotion, #RPIMentalHealthMondays or #RPIMHM offer students a host of detailed tips and resources on how to improve and sustain their mental health while here at RPI. 

Posts can be found on any of our social media pages: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for topics (!), please email Rensselaer's Student Health Center and include #RPIMentalHealthMondays or #RPIMHM in the subject line.

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Rensselaer’s Bystander Intervention Training was developed in fall 2013 by the Student Health Center & Counseling Center, utilizing evidence-based research to address six common areas of risky behavior found among college students who may engage in social activities in the presence of alcohol: substance abuse, hazing, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, mental health emergencies, and physical emergencies.This training helps students develop the skills necessary to intervene in these types of situations, while keeping themselves and others safe. 

To request a group training, complete the Health Promotion Program Request link (on this page - above and to the right).

Designed for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) campus community at Rensselaer, this program pairs "mentors" ("out" LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and local alumni) and "mentees" (LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students) in formal mentoring relationships.

Mentors can provide professional advice and emotional support, help you explore your sexual orientation, romantic orientation, and/or gender identity, and serve as a friendly LGBTQ+ face on campus to meet with for coffee/lunch, a walk, or just to talk.

Mentee privacy is maintained at all times. For more information, contact the program coordinator: Tara R. Schuster


Safe Zone Training sessions support the Institute’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and are meant to inform attendees about issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning populations (LGBTQ+).

*Safe Zone Trainings are temporarily sunset due to COVID.

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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


University at Albany Collegiate Recovery Programs (free and confidential): 

  • All-Recovery Meeting 
    • This is a non-denominational recovery meeting for every type of addiction. For students in recovery or those who may be concerned about their substance use, gambling habits, and other types mental health concerns (e.g., self-harm) who are seeking wellness and recovery support. 
    • Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  
    • Location: University Library LI220 (University at Albany campus)  


  • SMART Recovery Group 
    • SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. Meetings are open to participants with any addiction (e.g., drugs, alcohol, gambling) to help one another resolve problems to find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives.  
    • Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
    • Location: University Library LI220 (University at Albany campus) 


  • Refuge Recovery 
    • A Buddhist oriented, non-theistic approach to recovery. For sober students seeking recovery support 
    • Sundays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
    • Location: Online via Zoom 
      • Meeting ID: 984 0050 6473 
      • Passcode: RR2022 

For more information about any of the University at Albany Collegiate Recovery Programs, visit:


*temporarily sunset due to COVID

*temporarily sunset due to staffing shortages

*temporarily sunset due to staffing shortages

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