2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Assessing Health Education Semesters Completed in High School
Angela M. Moody
Ms. Evonne C. Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the number of high school semesters of health education courses not including physical education completed by college students. A survey was administered to college students (N=500) to address how many semesters of health education courses were completed in high school and what topics were covered. According to the results, an average of 1.54 semesters of health education were completed. Almost 9% did not have any health education. Of the students who had health education, over 75% received instruction in stress, sexuality, drug use, alcohol and tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity. Due to the low number of completed health courses many other health topics were not addressed sufficiently including behavior change, mental health, healthy relationships, weight management, conventional medicine, personal safety, and environmental health. Based on these findings, a college health course is necessary to address the topics neglected in high school courses.

Keywords: heath education, high school, Missouri, survey

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 35-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 1:45

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