The State of Spartan Health
Michigan State University Student Health Services participates in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey through our membership in the American College Health Association (ACHA). The NCHA was first conducted at MSU in the year 2000 and has been repeated every two years since then - in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and the most recent survey was conducted in 2016.
The Office for Survey Research (OSR), through the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) manages the NCHA survey. The office manages the sampling, respondent contacts, follow-ups, incentives, data weighting, analysis, and reporting.
The questionnaire covers a diverse set of health-related topics including perceived health status, sexual behaviors and beliefs, alcohol-tobacco-drug behavior and beliefs, injury prevention, disease prevention and screening, victimization, exercise and rest, emotional and mental health, incidents of disease or injury, incidents of stressors, sources and credibility of health information, and background questions.
The data collected from the NCHA survey is meant to help MSU faculty & staff, students, and parents better understand health trends, identify emerging problems, report behavioral norms, identify risk factors to safety and academic performance, prioritize student health care issues, allocate resources for programming, design new programs, and evaluate current strategies.
The data is also used for our Social Norms campaign on campus, which is commonly referred to as “The Duck Campaign.” The campaign is designed to promote a better understanding of the true norms surrounding alcohol use by the MSU student population and challenges the prevailing myths and misperceptions which often lead to higher risk consumption.
For more information about the NCHA survey, see our FAQ section. For an overview of data collected in different topic areas on the NCHA Survey, please see the Fact Sheets linked on the left side of this page.