Healthy Settings

Types of Healthy Settings

Health Promoting Universities

Happy and healthy students
The World Bank/Yuri Mechitov

Part of the wider movement for Healthy Settings, the Health Promoting University (HPU) initiative was launched in 1995 by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and remains active today.

The HPU initiative aims to integrate processes and structures within the university's culture supportive of a commitment to health and health promotion. Additionally, the initiatives promote the health and well-being of staff, students and the wider community.

Examples of implementation

University of Central Lancashire (UK); Universität Bielefeld (Germany), six universities in the Beijing area (China); 72 universities in the United States.

  • American Network of Health Promoting Universities
Selected publications
  • Xiangyang T. et al (2003) Beijing health promoting universities: practice and evaluation." Health Promotion International. 18(2): 107