Who Are We?

An office of Student Affairs, SHEP is a free resource which provides wellness opportunities, substance abuse prevention, and health education to Marshall University students. SHEP’s goal is to help students achieve wellness through the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and choices. The lifestyle decisions that students make now will affect them later in their lives. Marshall University is committed to helping students to make healthy, responsible, choices, concerning their own well-being.

We provide programs for any Marshall organization, such as:

  • Residence Life
  • Classes
  • Greek Life
  • Student Organizations

We offer a variety of health-related presentations, such as:

  • Alcohol Awareness: Our presentation is called BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention College Students). The BASICS program is an evidenced-based program that combines brief motivational intervention with correcting norm misperceptions regarding alcohol use.  The office also uses AlcoholEdu, which is another evidence-based program that provides alcohol education through an interactive online program. The programs are designed to help students examine and address their own use.
  • Drug Awareness: The office offers several different programs on drug prevention and intervention, including current drug trends and signs and symptoms of use.  The office also offers two evidenced-based programs, eCheckuptogo and CASICS (CAnnabis Screening and Intervention for College Students). Both programs are available for any student who may want to explore their marijuana use, but the goal of the programs are to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana use. Both programs are designed to assist students in examining their own behavior in a judgment-free environment.
  • Tobacco Cessation: Typically, individuals who have not used tobacco by the age of 25 will not use tobacco in their lifetime.  For students who are already using tobacco products, the office offers 2 different programs, Kaiser Permanete and Freedom From Smoking, on tobacco cessation.
  • Sexual Health: Our sexual health presentation involves discussion about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and safe sexual behavior including proper contraceptive use, and personal responsibility regarding STI’s and sexual partners.
  • Stress Management: Stress is a facet of college life that is hard for many students to handle. SHEP presents a program that helps students address the areas of life that are causing the most stress and ways to reduce physical and mental anxiety associated with stress.
  • Custom Programs: SHEP can work with your organization to create a health-related program that meets your needs. Just contact our office and help us help you create a program to serve your health needs in an informative way.