Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Health and wellness are a vital part of the campus community at the University of Northern Iowa. Wellness and Recreation Services, along with other University Health Services departments are continuously looking for new ways to reach the student population with ever changing, important health and wellness information and services. Formalized and systematic assessment helps us examine the effectiveness of our prevention and intervention efforts.

We administer the American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment for students at UNI. This nationally recognized research survey assists various departments by collecting precise data about our students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. This assists us in making the most appropriate decisions with the services and information we provide our students.

Students who are fulltime, undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 18 and 26 are randomly selected as possible participants in this study. Participation is strictly voluntary. Those who agree to participate are informed that they are free to withdraw at any point throughout the duration of the experiment without penalty or loss of benefit.

UNI data is included in the American College Health Association yearly data report publication; however, disclosure of particular data is never linked back to the institution. UNI is able to make data comparisons from year to year between the current NCHA study and future NCHA studies for the purpose of monitoring changes in the health status and practices of our student body, making programmatic changes, and assessing preventative and treatment-related initiatives.

UNI data results are available in PDF format by clicking on the following links:

Spring 2013 Executive Summary
2013 Full Data Report
Spring 2011 Executive Summary
Spring 2011 Full Data Report

The UNI Office of Institutional Research has created an interactive, web-based platform with which you can select options to compare pieces of UNI data with national data, and much more. Please visit the following web address to explore this resource.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Rowe-Barth, Wellness & Recreation Services, at (319) 273-3423, or

For more information regarding this assessment instrument, please contact the American College Health Association. American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment. P.O. Box 28937, Baltimore, MD 21240-8937. Fax (410) 859-1510. For more information, contact Mary Hoban, PhD, CHES at (410) 859-1500, ext. 216, or



If there is an accommodation you need in order to participate in a WRS program or activity, please contact WRC 101 at (319) 273-6275.


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