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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 63–66 | Cite as

Ask and Ye Shall Plan

A Health Needs Assessment of a University Population
  • Anne KatzEmail author
  • Penny Davis
  • Shannon Scott Findlay
Article

Abstract

Background

In the development process of establishing a Campus Health Resource Centre, a health needs assessment of 691 students was conducted at the University of Manitoba.

Methods

Students were surveyed by their peers to identify the health education needs of this population. The process of the health needs assessment is described and the results have formed the basis for a range of programs and services offered on campus.

Results

Students showed interest in learning about stress management, cold and flu prevention, ergonomics and lifestyle (exercise, nutrition) issues.

Conclusion

Of note is low interest in topics generally thought to be important to students such as contraception, safer sex, and STD/AIDS prevention.

Résumé

Contexte

En prévision de la création d’un Centre de ressources de santé à l’Université du Manitoba, nous avons évalué les besoins de santé de 691 étudiantes et étudiants.

Méthode

Les étudiantes et étudiants ont été sondés par leurs pairs afin de définir leurs besoins de renseignements par rapport à la santé. Les résultats de cette évaluation (dont nous décrivons le processus) ont servi à élaborer l’éventail des programmes et services offerts sur le campus.

Résultats

Les étudiantes et étudiants voulaient en savoir davantage sur la gestion du stress, la prévention du rhume et de la grippe, l’ergonomie et les questions de mode de vie comme l’exercice et l’alimentation.

Conclusion

Contrairement aux résultats prévus, les étudiantes et étudiants ont manifesté peu d’intérêt pour la contraception, les rapports protégés et la prévention du sida et des maladies transmises sexuellement.

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Katz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Penny Davis
    • 2
  • Shannon Scott Findlay
    • 3
  1. 1.Campus Health Resource Centre, Faculty of NursingUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.4 Year Baccalaureate Program, Faculty of NursingUniversity of ManitobaCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of NursingUniversity of AlbertaCanada

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