George Mason’s College of Health and Human Services kicked off “Mason: Health Starts Here,” a first-of-its-kind transdisciplinary student cohort study to understand and improve the health of university students. Research will include a longitudinal study of a broad sample of young adults — first-year Mason students — to capture the diversity of their experiences in college and how they affect their physical and behavioral health. Ongoing student engagement differentiates this research from previous longitudinal studies as participants will be informed about their health status along the way and receive guidance for maximizing their health.
The study is central to the mission of the newly opened Population Health Center, which is: delivering interprofessional clinical care for underserved populations; conducting research of consequence to improve the public’s health; and providing learning and development opportunities for practitioners and students.
The study includes students from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and region. This diversity allows researchers to capture a range of experiences during college that affect students’ physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health, and their academic success. Research will study a wide range of behaviors, with an initial focus on behavioral health, risky behaviors, social media, nutrition, physical activity, and environmental health.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 20