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Students’ health in times of the Corona pandemic

The period of education and training is not only important for the career development, it also has a long-lasting impact on health and risk behaviors closely linked to mental health and major noncommunicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or depression) in life. This period in life is also characterized by challenging transition processes and developmental steps. Therefore, it is important to explore health and health risks during this phase of life, the specific context of students, and also larger external influences. One such major external influence currently is the coronavirus pandemic. Our study investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures on student health.


To strengthen and support student health in the medium to long term, the study investigates:


The study is an open cohort, including and cross-sectionally investigating repetitive samples of students at the ZHAW. The Zurich Ethics Committee and ZHAW Data Protection Officer have found the study to be ethically and legally correct. Due to the unique epidemiological and the online teaching situation the study ran for three pandemic semesters. Nine surveys were sent out, three in each semester (see Figure 1). Students of the ZHAW were contacted via their student e-mail address and received online access to a questionnaire by e-mail. Overall, the study managed to reach about 70% of the students body at some time point throughout the study.

Main results of the study so far

Further results will be published in peer reviewed journals and main results provided on this website. Analyses of the study data are ongoing.

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