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Rev Salud Publica (Bogota). 2013 May-Jun;15(3):465-77.

[A glossary for health care promoting universities (an HPU glossary)].

Revista de salud publica (Bogota, Colombia)

[Article in Spanish]
Paulina Bravo-Valenzuela, Báltica Cabieses, María S Zuzulich, Mónica Muñoz, Minerva Ojeda


  1. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, [email protected].
  2. Escuela de Enfermería, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile, [email protected].
  3. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, España.

PMID: 25124004


The health promotion in the university context emerges as an important initiative to facilitate the development of healthy lifestyle behaviors in this environment where students, faculty and university staff spend and share a significant part of their lives. The movement of Health Promoting Universities (HPU) has over 20 years of experience, but still lacks a common language that allows effective communication between those who are interested in its planning and implementation. The purpose of this paper is to develop the most relevant concepts in the context of the international movement of UPS. This document is organized into five anchor dimensions: [1]The university and health promotion, [2] The University and its social responsibility, [3] The University, inequality and inequity, [4] The University and evidence in health promotion, and [5] Strategies to develop a HPU. It is hoped that this glossary for HPU encourages the development of a common language between those who promote this initiative and come from different disciplines, and at the same time serve as a guide for practice.

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