About Health Promotion and Prevention

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention utilizes a public health approach with a focus on the impact of the environment on healthy communities. Through a continuum of education and prevention efforts, we provide programs and resources related to alcohol and drugs, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management among others. We support early intervention, access to services and promoting a culture of recovery and healthy life choices for all . The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention also works in collaboration with student health groups including Balance Your Life, Another Option, and the Tufts Peer Health Collaborative.

Data-Informed Approach 

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention uses data to inform our work and target our health initiatives most effectively. 

First Year, First Week 

The First Year, First Week (FYFW) survey was created at Tufts University in 2004.  This survey -- the only one of its kind -- measures students’ alcohol use and the impact of their use during the first week of college.  The data is used to create programs for non-alcohol users, develop Pre-Orientation and Orientation programs and train student leaders. The historic data trends are used to evaluate programs and show the effectiveness in our efforts to reduce rates of first years drinking in fraternities and with upperclassmen.

This data provides us with a profile of alcohol related behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions of the incoming class.

American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment 

The NCHA was developed in 1998 by the ACHA-NCHA Work Group, reviewing several established instruments as a foundation for survey development.  Tufts has implemented NCHA every other year since 2009.  The results of the NCHA are used to help generate prevalence rates of students' behaviors and perceptions. Having these data helps Tufts to plan programs, prioritize campus needs, allocate resources, design strategies for intervention, and identify protective and risk factors associated with academic performance, and measure progress on the National Health Objectives from Healthy People.

On March 22nd, Tufts will be participating in the ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA). This is a nationally recognized research survey that collects data on students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. The data have informed the prioritization of student health resources, policies, and programs since 2009.

The most recent data were collected before the pandemic, in 2017. We recognize that the past year has been especially difficult for everyone. We want to hear from you to understand how to better support students during this time.

To participate, open the email “Help Create a Healthier Tufts” on 3/22 and click on the survey link. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. Participants can enter for a chance to win a $10 gift card to The Sink (50 winners).

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Wong in the Department of Health Promotion and Prevention at Ian.Wong@tufts.edu.


Alcohol and Drug Violation Data 

The Department of Health Promotion and Prevention tracks all Alcohol and Drug Policy violations.  From this data, predictive models are created to determine times of the year or events of students’ high risk use of alcohol.  Using this data, Tufts has implemented targeted programs resulting in a decrease of alcohol abuse.  The data is presented to the Trustees of Tufts University each year by the President.

Contact us for more information on these surveys