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Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campuses

Purpose of Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus

The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus status recognizes post-secondary public and private institutions of higher learning and career technology centers for their outstanding efforts and achievements in actively creating a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Reasons to Apply to be a Certified Healthy Campus
  • Help create a healthier Oklahoma
  • Become one of the first in the nation to participate in a peer developed certification program
  • Show pride in your campus health promotion efforts
  • Be a leader in campus health promotion for your peer institutions nationwide
  • Show students, faculty, and staff that the campus takes an active interest in their health and well-being
  • Promote wellness
  • Encourage healthy behaviors
  • Establish safe and supportive environments
  • Link health promotion efforts to the learning mission of higher education.
  • Increase visibility of health promotion
  • Demonstrate capacity to potential outside funders

Tips for Completing Application

Print a copy of the criteria first for your review.
Do not start the online application process until you are ready to complete and submit (you will not be able to save the application).
Before submitting the application, be sure to print a copy for your records.
Criteria must be met at the time of submission.
Submitted applications are final.

To review and print the 2013 criteria click here.


All Oklahoma public and private colleges, universities and career technology centers are encouraged to apply to be a Certified Healthy Campus.

Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Learning
There are eight (8) sections in the campus application. The American College Health Association (ACHA) Standards for Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education, was used a guiding template for development of campus criteria. A summary of the ACHA standards can be seen at:

Application Scoring

Application period opens August 1 and closes November 1. Certification will be announced in December and an awards ceremony will be held on February 13, 2014. Each application will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus staff of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Applications will be scored in peer groups based on the total number of points awarded in each of the eight sections. Three levels of certification (basic, merit, and excellence) will be awarded dependent upon total score distribution within peer groups. To obtain a level of Excellence, an institution must have a 24/7 tobacco free policy.

Application Process

We’re excited that you have an interest in becoming a Certified Healthy Campus.

Applications were due November 1, 2013.

Please note all applications must include the contact information for the person submitting the application as well as an administrator such as Vice President, Provost, Dean, Superintendent, Director, or other higher administration official.

If you have questions or need more information please contact Kathy Payne 405-271-9444 ext. 56507.

Become a Certified Healthy Campus

Applications are due November 1.