Public Health and Health Promotion

The Institute for Health Policy and Practice's efforts in the area Public Health and Health Promotion encourages the use of evidence-based practice and policy to improve the population's health and well-being.

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Projects and Initiatives
Healthy UNH
Students practice yoga outdoors as part of a Healthy UNH initiative

Established in 2008 through a charge from former UNH President Mark Huddleston, Healthy UNH is a program that enhances the mission of the University by supporting the lifelong health and wellness of the UNH community.

Individual choices in physical activity, psychological health , nutrition, and healthcare consumerism impact overall health and healthcare costs. In collaboration with other departments, Healthy UNH provides education, awareness, and connections to support resources for the campus community in these four key areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Psychological Health
  • Healthcare Consumerism
NH DHHS MCH Epidemiologist

This collaboration between the NH Division of Public Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Section (MCHS) and IHPP supports a doctoral level State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist. The arrangement benefits both institutions. It provides MCHS with the capacity for sophisticated analysis and evaluation of health data to assure:

  • Priorities are based on accurate data.
  • Resources are allocated based on need.
  • Programs are monitored and evaluated to assure they are improving health behavior and outcomes.

UNH benefits in that its faculty has practical and current understanding of the status of maternal and child health and public health in New Hampshire, in addition to an academic view.  The epidemiologist also serves as a faculty member of the accredited UNH Master of Public Health Program, bringing real world public health to the academic setting.