The purpose of this research was to assess the well-being perceptions of selected college students at a midsize midwestern university. To collect data, an adaptation of the Open Science Framework’s (n.d) College Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire and the CDC’s (2018b) Health-related Quality of Life scale was used. The 26-item survey was distributed to junior and senior students enrolled in 300-400 level courses in a variety of majors. The findings for each research question are presented in the cross-sectional study. The results of the study indicate there are differences in perceptions of physical and mental health between males and females and among applied health sciences and other majors. The study’s findings also reveal a difference in academic efficacy between males and females. Recommendations for health educators include targeting programs or resources for women to better their mental health, assisting men with course tasks and organization, and assisting applied health sciences and nursing majors with their overall physical and mental health. To conclude, further research should be conducted with a larger sample size including freshmen and sophomore students, and assess components of majors that can be improved for student success.


Joe Visker

Committee Member

Emily Forsyth

Committee Member

Dawn Larsen

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Community Health Education


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing



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