Our Campus, Our Health engages students and an interdisciplinary team of faculty in the implementation of a biennial college health behavior assessment. Faculty serve as content experts for the survey and work with students to develop research questions, conduct analyses, and disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national conferences.
This transformational learning opportunity teaches basic research methodology to grow the next generation of scholars. The initiative has been supported by internal funding aimed at broadening students’ intellectual experience and positively supporting their personal and professional growth.
The web-based health behavior assessment is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. The IRB approved survey is delivered every two years in the fall semester after pilot testing, cognitive interviewing, and review from a panel of content experts.
Select Publications and Presentations
Merten, J. W., King, J. L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2017). Research letter: Total body skin examination adherence among young adults with an increased risk for skin cancer. Dermatology Online Journal, 23(6), 22-23. doi:_35401http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4sd7h2dn
Merten, J. W., King, J. L., Vilaro, M. J., & Largo-Wight, E. (2016). Lifestyle factors associated with sunscreen use among young adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1093-3
Osagiede, O., Ayers, E., & Merten, J. W. (2016, April). The impact of social media use on health behavior among college students. Poster presented at UNF Symposium of Graduate Student Research, Jacksonville, FL
Merten, J.W & Pomeranz, J.L. (2014, April). An examination of skin cancer prevention behaviors among college students. Poster presented at the University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL
Leavel, V., Bosco, E., & Merten, J.W. (2014, March). An examination of health risk factors among college students majoring in health and those majoring in other fields. Poster presented at the 14th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting, Charleston, SC
Merten, J.W., Ntiti, B., Castillo, R., Smith, J., Haddad, L., & Kantor, J., (2012, April). Our campus, our health: Results from a student-led Health assessment. Oral presentation at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium, Jacksonville, FL
Williams, A.N., Chadwick, S.L., & Merten, J.W. (2011, April). Our campus, our health: Developing a college health assessment. Poster Presented at Annual Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium, Jacksonville, FL