Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Paul Richardson


The ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a survey-based national operation intended to provide more information to campuses about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions in terms of the most prevalent health issues. Thus far, collection has already spanned more than 240,000 students at 324 colleges and universities from 2000-2005 (ACHA, 2005). Data acquired by ACHA-NCHA can benefit Coastal Carolina University by comparing our campus data to their national aggregate data. While the following declared applications of ACHA's data would hit home at any campus, Coastal Carolina University could be at the forefront in striving towards Healthy Campus 2010: 'to identify the most common risks to academic performance and retention, better understand students' health trends and determine the health areas of highest priority, report on campus behavioral norms, allocate monetary and staffing resources, design new health programs and evaluate current strategies' (ACHA, 2005).