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NCHA Student Health Survey

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What is the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) health survey?

The NCHA health survey is designed to provide information about student health behaviours, perceptions and attitudes. The information will help us tailor health programming and resources to improve student services on campus.

When is NCHA health survey hosted?

In 2019, the NCHA health survey will open on January 15. Check your email to see if you have been chosen.  If you receive the invite to participate from, please complete the survey.

Why should I complete the survey?

Hearing from Waterloo students first hand will help us understand the significant health priorities of Waterloo students and to identify the most common factors affecting student health and student success on campus. 

What is the National College Health Assessment? 

NCHA stands for National College Health Assessment. It is the survey instrument used to assess student health habits, behaviours and perceptions. University of Waterloo Campus Wellness is conducting the survey using the National College Health Assessment Web survey (NCHA-WEB), with the help of the American College Health Association (ACHA).

Why are only some students selected to participate?

We are inviting 1/2 of the student population, about 18,000 students, to complete the survey. The students are randomly selected to participate. We do not know which students are receiving the email request to participate.

Check your email to see if you have been chosen. If you receive the invite to participate from, please complete the survey.

For more information regarding the NCHA Student Health Survey, contact:

Sandra Gibson, Manager of Health Education and Promotion
Health Services, University of Waterloo

Incentive rules and regulations

Incentive offered for the 2019 National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey:

  1. Submit the survey and be entered into a draw for one of six $500 Watcard deposits.


18,000 graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Waterloo that receive the email invitation and submit (complete or incomplete) the 2019 National College Health Assessment survey will be automatically entered into a random draw to win one of six $500 Watcard deposits. The three-week survey period is January 15, 2019 to February 6, 2019.

Please note that you do not need to participate in the survey to be eligible for the draw prize. To be included in the $500 Watcard draw without participating in the survey, please send your name, e-mail and University of Waterloo Student ID to Sandra Gibson by February 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T.

Winner selection

The six winners of the $500 Watcard deposit prize will be selected in a random draw from eligible entries on February 10, 2019. Your odds of winning one of the six $500 Watcard deposts will depend on the number of students that enter into the draw. The prize winners will be contacted by the Sandra Gibson (Campus Wellness, University of Waterloo) by email within 5 business days of the draw and subsequent response from the selected winners. Winners have

Please note that before being awarded the $500 Watcard deposit, the selected entrant must correctly answer a time-limited skill-testing mathematical question. Thereafter, the prize will be awarded to the next selected entrant. The question will be sent by email to the selected entrant’s e-mail address.