Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Curricula and Methodology, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, EG

2 Self Development, Deanship of Preparatory Year, Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia


BACKGROUND: Courses’ resources is an important ingredient for building awareness, despite the
availability of health and environmental knowledge in some subjects, students’ practices still need
more improvement. The study aims to investigate the level of health and environmental practices
among university female students of both scientific and humanities subject majors, and its relationship
to the academic major.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive research design is applied to a sample of 410 female
students enrolled in scientific and humanities majors during 2017/2018 academic year. A “Health and
Environmental Practices Scale” is prepared for data collection. It includes 58 items with Cronbach’s
alpha = 0.71 and 0.69 for the two domains. The means percentage and independent t‑test for the
two majors applied, as P ≤ 0.05 was statistically significant.
RESULTS: Results showed that (i) the level of health and environmental practices is “moderate”
with a mean of 2.89, 3.17 for both domains, respectively; (ii) there is no statistically significant
difference between health practices level and environmental practices level; (iii) there is no statistically
significant difference between humanities and scientific majors and health and environmental
practices level among students of humanities and scientific majors, which means that the impact of
the interdisciplinary courses on the level of health and environmental practices is not clear.
CONCLUSIONS: Health and environmental awareness among students are found to be moderate.
However, actual health and environmental practices are still a huge challenge because of the gap
between theory and practice.


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