Natalia Nababan, a Master of Science in Nursing student at the Adventist University of the Philippines, received her BSN at Universitas Advent Indonesia in 2004. She is married to a pastor that brought her to run a floating clinic of SDA Global Mission in their ministry field at Kapuas River, West Borneo, Indonesia, from 2008 until 2012, assessing and treating people in the villages, and holding charity clinics for the community. She holds training certificates of Basic Life Support and Occupational Health and Safety (HIPERKES).
Frendy Fernando Pitoy finished BS Nursing at Universitas Klabat in 2012, and his nursing profession at Universitas Advent Indonesia in 2013 and worked for 4 years as onsite paramedic and staff nurse.  He is taking up Masters of Science in Nursing Major in Adult Health at the Adventist University of the Philippines since 2017.

Yohane Chitra Natalia Nababan, Frendy Pitoy and Jolly Balila

Adventist University of the Philippines

Abstract

This quantitative research made use of a descriptive design to investigate the health status of the international students of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) through medical history and behavioral health problems, where they had been challenged with new circumstances to maintain their health as an essential component in pursuing education. One hundred fifty international students were selected as the respondents through quota random sampling technique. A questionnaire was utilized to determine the respondents’ medical history, and behavioral health problem. The study utilized frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation for statistical treatments using Statistical Packages for Social Science (SPSS). The results showed that the most common health-related problems experienced by the students are eye problem (24.7%), musculoskeletal problem (14.7%), ear, nose, and throat problems (12.2%). Further, results show that social media addiction is the most common behavioral health problem among the respondents (32%) which is followed by sleep disturbance (30.7%). The health status among international students in AUP can be interpreted as moderate with high priority of their health goals. The findings could be a result of the type of health environment that AUP campus provided. Healthy social interaction, healthy source of food, adequate physical workout facilities, and adequate spiritual attachment are supported by high level of health goal among international students. It is recommended that further survey of the health status among AUP local students be done.

Keywords: health status, internationalstudents, health problem, health quality