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HEA 110: Health Research Midterm (Coutouzis)

This research guide includes resources to help you complete the HEA-110 Health Research Midterm on College Students and Health for Coutouzis.


Use this focused rubric and the resources below to develop your site.

  1. High-risk behaviors and negative lifestyle choices:
    • for common ailments topic: what are common ailments (i.e. the common cold) that are the more reported as impediments to academic success for U.S. college students? What about the typical college lifestyle increases the prevalence of these ailments? You will not be able to discuss all, so pick a few of the similar issues.
    • for stress management topic: discuss habits and behaviors are more commonly seen in the U.S. college student population that increase the risk of higher stress levels.
  2. Short- and long-term health effects:
    • for common ailments topic: discuss the health effects of the ailments you chose to discuss. 
    • for stress management topic: discuss the health effects of poorly managed stress as it relates to the habits and behaviors you identified in rubric item number one.
  3. Symptoms and/or indicators, and tests/diagnoses for a person that may be on the negative end of the wellness spectrum:
    • ​​​​​​​for common ailments topic: detail indicators that students may be struggling with the ailments you chose to discuss. Do not confuse with the health effects, even though they may overlap some. How would a person be diagnosed with these ailments?
    • for stress management topic: detail symptoms and indicators for someone struggling with stress management. How would a healthcare provider approach the process of understanding someone’s stress and how it is affecting their lives?
  4. Optimal lifestyle choices for prevention, and how to seek treatment when needed: how can U.S. college students improve their habits identified in rubric item number one if they wanted to use complementary and alternative medicine? Identify one or two different treatment types that could help specifically a college student (see rubric item 6 below).
  5. Globalized content is included: and do not forget to copy and paste the following focus points/questions into your site.  Compare our country’s practice of the CAM treatments you chose, to the country it originated from. How have these CAM treatments evolved over time? Based on your research, which are the more beneficial ways a person can use these to address the ailments you chose to discuss in rubric item one?
  6. Information is adapted to the college-aged population (15-24 years of age): this should be consistent for your entire page. Also, keep in mind that the typical college student is short on time, money, and other resources.
  7. Credible sources referenced and cited in-text: for all information, including infographics and videos used.
  8. Site uses concise and easily understood information, as well as a variety of images, infographics, and/or videos: think of what you like to see when you look up health information. Make your page easily navigable, and sections of information clearly identified. Avoid text that is too small to read, and be sure your images are not blurry or cropped too much


These resources below have been specifically chosen by your instructor and the librarian to help you find the information you need to complete the project. You will need to find two additional sources on your own. To find more, scroll down this page to search for more resources such as articles, statistics, or books.

Additional Resources

Search for Specific Practices and/or Therapies with Health and Wellness Resource Center


Search for Articles and E-books

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Search Examples

You can copy and paste any of the following search phrases into the search box above in order to get started:

  • "complementary therapies"
  • "complementary therapies" AND "college students"
  • "college students" AND "alternative medicine"
  • (music OR pet) AND therapy AND stress


Search Tips

  • Change the words to focus your search if needed.
  • Check the publication date of each source you find. Try to use resources published within the past 5 years. 


Search for Statistics

How to Use FastStats

  • You can type keywords in the search box, or choose a topic from the navigation menu.
  • In addition to the quick facts that appear at the top of the page, make sure that you explore any links listed under the sections titled Related FastStats, and More Data
  • There are other places to search for statistics. If you need help, ask a librarian!

FastStats Illicit Drug Topic Page

Off-Campus Access

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