Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the study?

The UCSF College Health Study aims to learn about the health of women attending community colleges. We want to learn about health issues affecting students and gather feedback on health education materials.

Why is this study focused on community college students?

Most research on the health behaviors of college students in the US has focused on four-year university students. However, more than one-third of undergraduates attend community college. Community college is an important educational milestone and pathway to higher education.

Why are only first year students eligible for the study?

We want to follow students and their community college experience for a full year. First year students are most likely to have a full year of school ahead of them.

Why is this study only focused on women?

Women experience unique health care needs that we are interested in studying. 

Who is conducting the study?

The study is being done by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a public research university focused exclusively on health sciences. You can learn more about UCSF at

How do I sign up to participate in the study?

To see if you meet the eligibility requirements for the study, you can take this quick survey.

If you are eligible, then you can sign up for an appointment to meet with our study staff over Zoom. Go to the Make an appointment page on our website, select your college, and then pick a day and time that work for you.

Know someone who might be interested in participating? Feel free to send them the above links or direct them to our website:

What happens if I participate in this study?

Check out our What if I participate page to learn more about what you will do as part of this study if you are eligible and agree to participate.

Why are you paying students for participating in the study?

Each component of the study takes some time to complete, and we know students have a lot going on. We value our participants' time and want to compensate them for their effort. This is actually very common in research studies. 

Who is providing funding for this study?

The JPB Foundation funds this study, including the money paid to participants.





Contact our study coordinator here:

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