Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2020

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor

Frances Edwards

Abstract

A community college's main mission is to provide access to education and providing access to basic healthcare bolsters success and lessens the educational disparity gap. Furthermore, community colleges provide greater opportunities for social and physical well being by offering student health care as one of its services. Besides contributing to the limited body of literature on the topic of student health centers on community college campuses in California, the purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of how the student health centers on community college campuses have evolved in California regarding the services provided, and to explore the general health needs of the student population. Thus, the research question for this study is, “What range of services do student health centers on community college campuses typically offer in California, and do they generally meet the needs of their students?”

Currently, there are very few studies and literature on the relationship between student health and community college students' success (McFadden, 2014). This study aims to provide more insight and knowledge regarding existing health services in California community colleges, which may lead to further studies on the relationship between student health and student success on community college campuses across the nation.

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