Accessing Web-Based Health Related Information by College Students

An Exploratory Study

  • Nsele Mengi Nsuangani Kern County Health Department
  • Miguel A. Pérez California State University, Fresno


This study explored college students’ online activities at health Web sites, their perceptions of the quality and accuracy of Internet medical information, and their concerns about Internet privacy and security. The research took place at a medium sized university in central California during the Fall 2002 semester with a sample of 136 students. The study found that 67% of the sampled students had sought health information on the Internet; 12% had used Internet medical consultations services; 7% had bought pharmaceutical products online; 2% had joined Internet health support groups; 7% had used e-mail to communicate with healthcare providers; 18% had sought second opinions online; 35% expressed serious concern about the accuracy of health information posted on the Web; and 53% were concerned about the privacy and security of personal information posted on the Web. Gender and age were identified as influential in some of the issues raised in the research.
How to Cite
Nsuangani, N. M., & Pérez, M. A. (2006). Accessing Web-Based Health Related Information by College Students: An Exploratory Study. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 4(1), 64-74.