Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Kay Woodiel, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Joan Cowdery, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Cornett, Ph.D.


This study used an online Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) to assess individual employee health and eight additional statements to assess the worksite health "culture" of Eastern Michigan University. It was hypothesized there will be a relationship between EMU employees’ levels of self-reported health risk and their perceptions of supportiveness of the worksite environment and health culture. The results indicated the relationship between health risks of participants and perception of supportiveness of the worksite culture was not significant (p >.05). Of the employees that participated, the top three risk factors identified were body weight (20%), stress (14%), and blood pressure (10%). The tenets of the PEN-3 model were used to identify points of entry for possible future health promotion programming. It was found that 54% of participants were willing to participate in programs to enhance overall health. Further assessment using a larger sample size is needed to enhance understanding of the relationship