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Public Health Promotion in University Students

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According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It is further described as “a resource for everyday life” which is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life: where they learn, work, ...

According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It is further described as “a resource for everyday life” which is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life: where they learn, work, play, and love. This emphasizes the interconnectedness between individuals and their environments. One important setting of everyday life for health promotion are universities. Here, especially the collective of university students has been stated to be of particular relevance since university students are the leaders, decision-makers, and parents of tomorrow. Therefore, it was assumed that promoting the health of university students could be sustainable and beneficial for the general society. In addition, a students’ entrance into this new living environment causes significant changes in the home, work, and recreational environment. Furthermore, according to numerous studies, the time of young adulthood (18–25 years) has been characterized as a critical period where people are potentially vulnerable for engaging in risky health behaviors such as drinking, drug use or physical inactivity.

Although a large number of studies has been performed in this field, there are still rarely investigated topics (e.g. media consumption, sleep, nutrition, physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, and mental health) to which more attention needs to be paid. Therefore, the aim of the current Research Topic is to provide high quality research papers focusing on the effects of health-promoting interventions as well as the epidemiology of health (not limited to health behavior only) in university students with focus on, but not limited to, the topics media consumption, sleep hygiene, nutrition, physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, and mental health. To be able to develop and implement evidence-based health-promoting interventions, it is necessary to investigate potential correlates (factors that are associated with health) or determinants (factors with a causal relationship) of health.

Consequently, areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Effects of health-promoting interventions
• Correlates and determinants of health
• Epidemiology of health
• Methods for health assessment

Preferred topics to be covered are:
• media consumption
• sleep hygiene, including interventions for improving quality of sleep
• nutrition
• physical inactivity
• sedentary behavior
• mental health

Original Research on longitudinal data, methods papers as well as meta-analyzes are highly welcome, but also original articles on cross-sectional data, other Review types, Perspectives, and Opinions will be considered.


Keywords: College, Campus, Tertiary Education, Health Education, Setting Approach, University, Student


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