Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP)

Our Mission

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The mission of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP) is to support the University of Southern California, University Park Campus with health promotion that advances wellness, student learning and the unique USC student experience. We assess student health behaviors, collaborate with campus partners, and deliver best practice prevention initiatives.

OWHP and Be Well USC

OWHP supports BeWellUSC, the Division of Student Affairs brand for all health and wellness programming for students on the University Park Campus. Visit the Be Well USC website for more information.

OWHP Definitions

OWHP recognizes the following definitions as described by the World Health Organization:

Wellness is the optimal state of health of individuals and groups. The two focal concerns are:

  • The realization of the fullest potential of an individual physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and economically,
  • and the fulfillment of one’s role expectations in the family, community, place of worship, workplace and other setting.

Smith, B.J., Tang, K.C., & Nutbeam, D. (2006). WHO Health Promotion Glossary: new terms Geneva: World Health Organization.

Health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no.2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948. The definition has not been amended since 1948.

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.
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Our Services

The IOM Prevention Protractor is a tool used to conceptualize the continuum of care in behavioral health. The work of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion falls into the Prevention side of the protractor, encompassing pre-diagnosis services shown below.

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