Office of Health Promotion

In striving to become America's healthiest academic medical campus and consistent with the MUSC mission and Imagine 2020 Strategic Plan, the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) provides dynamic, visionary leadership for MUSC by establishing a framework of wellness for the entire MUSC enterprise. OHP seeks to reach across departments to lead an interdisciplinary effort and create a comprehensive wellness initiative and culture of wellness that will improve the health of the MUSC community and serve as a model for other organizations.

Mission Statement: Provide access to information, resources, and support to foster a movement toward a culture of wellness within the internal and external community.

Vision Statement: Create a culture of wellness to improve the health of the lives we touch.

As a designated Center of Excellence by the South Carolina Hospital Association Working Well Initiative, the MUSC Office of Health Promotion provides leadership in our community and across the state to create healthy workplace environments, positively impacting the health and wellness of a significant portion of our state’s population. MUSC has achieved and maintained Gold status in all four pillars of the Working Well program for the past three years. Our Working Well successes have also been recognized by Prevention Partners with the Hospital Prevention Excellence award in 2013 and Agent of Change recognition in 2014.

In addition to serving as a resource for healthy hospitals, we are impacting the health of Charleston area businesses through the development of the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge and statewide through Dr. Johnson’s service on the State Obesity Plan SCale Down's Worksite Advisory Board. At the national level, MUSC became a founding member of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a transformational collaborative to advance higher education best practices and standards in health and well-being whose mission is to equip academic institutions with evidence-based strategies and resources to improve population health and well-being of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the communities they serve. Dr. Johnson is currently serving on the BHAC advisory committee.

Located at 17 Ehrhardt Street, Suite 5, OHP houses MUSC Employee Wellness, MUSC Urban Farm, and Sodexo Wellness Dietitian at MUSC and serves as an organization-wide resource for multi-disciplinary health promotion and wellness programs and initiatives. Fulltime staff at OHP includes Dr. Susan Johnson, Director of Health Promotion, Kaitlin DaPore, Wellness Coordinator, and Debbie Petitpain, RD, Wellness Dietitian.

About the Staff

Dr. Susan Johnson Susan L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Johnson is the Director of Health Promotion and Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies in the College of Health Professions. In her role at MUSC, Dr. Johnson directs and manages system-wide initiatives related to organizational wellness and provides leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to promoting health to students, employees, visitors, and the external community. Dr. Johnson has conducted numerous presentations at the local, state, and national level, is active in community and professional activities, and serves as an elected and appointed leader in multiple community and state organizations and projects. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Charlotte, master’s degree from The Citadel, and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Johnson was recently named Smoke Free Advocate of the Year by the Smoke Free Lowcountry Coalition, winner in the Rising Star category of Influential Women in Business by the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Prevention Partners Agent of Change, and 2015 Health Influencer by the Charleston Post and Courier. Her work at MUSC has also been recognized through multiple prevention awards and publications, both locally and nationally.

Kaitlin DaPore, Wellness CoordinatorKaitlin DaPore, Wellness Coordinator, NBC-HWC

Kaitlin DaPore brings nearly a decade of leadership experience within the Wellness Community to The Medical University of South Carolina, as one of the state's only board certified Health and Wellness Coaches as recognized through the National Board of Medical Examiners. Kaitlin received her training at Emory University and has a background directing policy, programs, and partnerships for non-profit organizations addressing the needs of patients, healthcare providers, employers, and whole communities to measurably improve health outcomes and behavioral lifestyle factors. Kaitlin has worked directly with thousands of individuals and community organizations to develop and implement programs aimed at making achieving optimal health both accessible and sustainable. In her role as Wellness Coordinator, she strives to integrate wellness into the MUSC culture - planning, organizing, and implementing health promotion efforts across all campuses and in the community. Kaitlin also serves as the Program Coordinator for the MUSC Urban Farm and is a guiding member of the Farm’s leadership committee, ensuring its unique role of connecting diet with health outcomes through community engagement.


Debbie Petitpain Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN

Debbie Petitpain is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. As the Wellness Dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion, she develops policies and programs to advance health on the MUSC campus and in the community. In her work as a dietitian over the last 11 years, she has provided direct patient care to those undergoing dramatic diet and lifestyle changes in an effort to lose weight, improve their medical problems, and get healthier. She graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Master’s in Nutrition from Boston University, and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. At home, she and her husband model to their two young daughters how food nourishes the body, gives us energy, helps us grow, and connects us to our community. She believes the healthiest foods are those that come from as close to the ground as possible – and require a fork to be eaten.