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EVALUATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH LITERACY AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES
Turkey (TurkMSIC) - Dumlupinar University, Kutahya
KUTAHYA HEALTH SCIENCE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH Kutahya Health Sciences University Evliya Celebi Campus Tavsanli Rd. 10th km Kutahya
Doc. Dr. Inci Arikan
Doc. Dr. Inci Arikan
Type of Research Project
- Global Action Project (GAP)
What is the background of the project?
Recently, health perceptions, lifestyles, and preferences of individuals have influenced health policies, especially in developed countries. These health policies focus more on issues, such as, chronic diseases, health promotion, and health literacy. Thus, it will be possible for individuals to acquire the competencies to reach, understand, and practice correct healthcare for the treatment of diseases. At this point, the concept of public health literacy has emerged, and the ability of individuals to address public health problems has been defined as the ability to assess useful and harmful interventions for public health. The availability of this scale in different societies will contribute to situational investigation and community awareness by public health professionals.
What is the aim of the project?
The availability of this scale in different societies will contribute to situational investigation and community awareness by public health professionals.
What techniques and methods are used?
This is a descriptive study to be carried out among the students of Dumlupınar University located on the same campus of Kutahya University of Health Sciences. Since this study is planned to be carried out in July, the study will be carried out for foreign students and Turkish students attending summer school. Participants will be asked to complete the questionnaire prepared by the researcher students. The questionnaire will include “Public Health Literacy Knowledge Scale” questions and sociodemographic information. The scores obtained from this scale will be compared between foreign and domestic students.
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
- To run literature reviews with the supervisors using PubMed and Turkish Ulakbim scientific databases. - To obtain the ability to advocate for public health literacy during the duration of their exchange - Help with the collection of research data in the selected population alongside the researchers. - Helping analyze the data by first compiling it into Microsoft Excel, and then using SPSS 11.5 (statistical package for social sciences) run biostatistical tests such as the chi-square, spearman and student’s T tests. - To help implement the prepared questionnaire as part of the fieldwork alongside the tutors and staff - To prepare a presentation at the end of their exchange to present to the tutors.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Dr. Inci Arikan will provide lectures at least once or twice a week. Subjects will cover: - Performing data analysis - Descriptive research planning and implementation - Introduction to public health
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
It is preferable, but not necessary, to have taken public health internship in medical school
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
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