Domestic and International College Students: Health Insurance Information Seeking and Use

  • Michael Mackert University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Hyeseung E. Koh University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Amanda Mabry-Flynn University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, United States
  • Sara Champlin University of North Texas, United States
  • Anna Beal University of Texas at Austin, United States
Keywords: discriminant analysis, international students, health insurance, information seeking, survey

Abstract

This study aimed to explore perceived barriers to using health insurance and identify discriminant factors between health insurance information seekers and non-seekers. A total of 615 domestic and international college students from a large university in the Southwest completed a cross-sectional survey. Findings imply that campus health providers and staff in international student services should be working closely to communicate to students about health insurance because they are both trying to solve the same basic problems.

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Author Biographies

Michael Mackert, University of Texas at Austin, United States

MICHAEL MACKERT, PhD, is the Director of the University of Texas Center for Health Communication and Associate Professor in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in health literacy and the most effective messages that can be used in health communication in both traditional mass media and new digital media. 

Hyeseung E. Koh, University of Texas at Austin, United States

HYESEUNG ELIZABETH KOH, MA, is a PhD candidate in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on persuasion and information behaviors in both traditional mass media and new digital media. 

Amanda Mabry-Flynn, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, United States

AMANDA MABRY-FLYNN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Her research explores the role social and cultural norms play in
advertising, specifically focusing on social marketing campaigns aimed at improving public health.

Sara Champlin, University of North Texas, United States

SARA CHAMPLIN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on health literacy - how people find and use health information. She teaches courses that promote social good through the development of insight-based strategic communication campaigns.

Anna Beal, University of Texas at Austin, United States

ANNA BEAL, BA. works at the International Office at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a support services advisor who is charge of health insurance for international students, faculty, and staff.

Published
2018-07-01
How to Cite
Mackert, M., Koh, H., Mabry-Flynn, A., Champlin, S., & Beal, A. (2018). Domestic and International College Students: Health Insurance Information Seeking and Use. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 542-561. Retrieved from http://ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/287
Section
Research Articles