Research suggests that the social determinants of health should be evaluated in order to combat health disparities for disadvantaged populations. The five social determinants of health are economic stability, education, health and healthcare, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. Research has been done concerning built environment’s impact on health, however little research has been done on college student’s perception of their campus built environment and how it impacts their health. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between negative perceptions of built environment and poor student health statuses, and if so compare the results to existing studies and literature. To gather data, participants were given a survey with questions regarding demographic factors, Eastern Kentucky University’s built environment, and perception of health. The results of this study did not prove nor disprove the relationship between negative perception and poor health outcomes. However, it did gather information relating to student concerns. The results of this study did not have significant similarities to existing literature and studies. The results of this study are likely to contribute to understanding how built environment impacts student health as well as improve decision making concerning location of resources.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2019


Michelyn W. Bhandari

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Health Promotion and Administration

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)