Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ellen Hamilton


There is a major lack of public health education among college aged students at many colleges and universities across the country. Even further, many minority college students are unfamiliar with one of the most life-threatening health issues that affect them the most: heart health. As a nursing student and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., I strive to uphold our “service to all mankind” motto and also educate the public about important heart health matters. On February 4, 2014, I presented a program through my sorority entitled Pink Goes Red for a Day in which I educated the primarily minority college student population attending about heart health. My research question was, “Do minority college students have a general understanding of what it means to truly have a healthy heart?” My sample size included 50 minority students. I used a self-made survey containing questions that would reflect the content of the program as the basis of my research. The results of my study showed that the many minority college students at Georgia Southern University do show a need for improved public health education, although not as strongly as previously thought. My program was effective as evidenced by increased post-quiz scores.