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Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS)


The GSHS is part of a global surveillance system designed to provide accurate data to periodically monitor the prevalence of important health risk behaviors and protective factors among students 13 to 15 years of age. 

The GSHS is a relatively low-cost survey which uses a self-administered questionnaire to obtain data from a representative sample of students. Countries implementing the GSHS receive technical assistance from PAHO/WHO and the CDC.

Countries can add questions to the “core” GSHS questionnaire.


The key topics addressed by the survey are:

  • Alcohol and other drugs use
  • Dietary behaviors
  • Hygiene
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity
  • Protective factors
  • Respondent demographics
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to HIV infection, other STI, and  unintended pregnancy
  • Tobacco use
  • Violence and unintentional injuries

GSHS Regional Implementation Map

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Anguilla Guatemala
Antigua and Barbuda Guyana
Argentina Haiti
Bahamas Honduras
Barbados Jamaica
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Martinique
Bolivia Mexico
Brazil Montserrat
British Virgin Islands  Netherland Antilles
Canada Nicaragua
Cayman Islands Panama
Chile Paraguay
Colombia Peru
Costa Rica Puerto Rico
Cuba Saint Kitts and Nevis
Dominica Saint Lucia
Dominican Republic Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Ecuador Suriname
El Salvador Trinidad and Tobago
Field Office, El Paso TX, USA Turks and Caicos
French Guiana United States of America
Grenada Uruguay



Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:37

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