The FSHS has carried out a Finnish Student Health Survey in 2000, 2004 and 2008. This national survey focuses on Finnish students (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) under the age of 35, with the 2000 and 2004 surveys covering university students and the 2008 survey students of universities of applied sciences too.
The nationally representative sample comprised 5,000 university students in the first two surveys and 5,000 students from both types of educational institution in 2008. Response rates were 63%, 63% and 51%, respectively.
The surveys have covered a diverse range of issues related to students' physical, mental and social health, health behaviour and related factors such as social relationships, studies and access to income as well as use of health care services and opinions about service quality. The basic questions have been the same every year.
Each year has also had a special theme: electronic health services, internet use, money games, travel, bullying, burnout, sexual health, asthma, atopic eczema. Many of the topics studied are related to students' work ability − their ability to study.
Data obtained in the surveys has been used in around 90 research reports, articles, abstracts or other publications.
The accountable leader of the survey process is Kristina Kunttu, Head Physician, Community Health, with members of the research team comprising researchers from the FSHS, the Universities of Turku, Tampere, Helsinki and Jyväskylä and the student organisations' research foundation Otus.