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Knowledge, perceptions of risks, attitudes and practices of environmental health among university students in northern Malaysia


Tiong, CS and Lean, QY and Ming, LC and Abdullah, AHB and Mahalingam, SR and Arshad, K and Hock, LS, Knowledge, perceptions of risks, attitudes and practices of environmental health among university students in northern Malaysia, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 59, (1) pp. 23-34. ISSN 1463-5240 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14635240.2019.1708776


Environmental problems have attracted worldwide attention as people are becoming increasingly conscious of a variety of problems like global warming and water and land pollution. The objective of this study was to investigate the levels of environmental health knowledge, perceptions of environmental health risks and practices of university students. An online questionnaire was designed and administered to students at a public university located in the northern region of West Malaysia. All students at Bertam Campus, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pulau Pinang, studying Diploma in Pharmacy, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, Diploma in Environmental Health, Pre-diploma (Science) or Pre-diploma (Commerce), were invited to participate in this study. Only half of the students possessed good knowledge (score ≥76.6%) of environmental health. The level of knowledge was higher among students from science stream education and diploma students compared to pre-diploma students. Of note, most students were aware of the risks of hazards towards the environment, exhibited environmentally friendly consumer practices and had highly supportive pro-environmental attitudes. The results identified the knowledge, perceptions and practices of the students, contributing relevant data to future interventions of environmental health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental responsibility, students, knowledge, higher education, conservation practices
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Ming, LC (Dr Long Ming)
ID Code:146560
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2021-09-13
Last Modified:2021-10-27

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