chapter  11
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Best Practices for Improving College Men’s Health: Designing Eff ective Programs and Services for College Men

ByWill Courtenay

The greatest gender gap in mortality occurs among 15-to 24-year-olds (DHHS, 2000). Three out of every four deaths annually in this age group are male (DHHS, 2007). The death rate is highest for African American men, followed by Hispanic and European American men. Although disease, injury, and death rates are unavailable for college students specifi cally, a general profi le of college men’s health can be inferred from the risks of this approximate age group. Among adolescents, males are more likely than females to be hospitalized for injuries. Fatal injuries account for more than 80% of all deaths among 15-to 24-year-old men, and 3 out of 4 injury deaths in this age group are male. Young men of this age are also at far greater risk than women for sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs/STIs). Despite these risks, the gender-specifi c health care needs of college men have only recently begun to be examined (Courtenay, 1998, 1999; Courtenay & Keeling, 2000a, 2000b).