Tyler Cutrer


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a rising global health issue in developing countries, such as Nepal, due to several preventable risk factors such as smoking. In this study, the researcher will assess the perceived risks and susceptibility associated with COPD among the Nepali student population at Mississippi University for Women (MUW). The researcher utilized the Health and Belief Model as an analysis framework and conducted qualitative research in the form of a focus group. As the study population, Nepali students were invited to complete a semi-structured interview in order to explore their health beliefs related to COPD. The interview was conducted using a focus group research design to investigate the effectiveness of the teaching of COPD. Data analysis was evaluated through a recording of the session as well as the researcher’s notes and memory. The goal of this project was to use the information obtained to guide future on-campus health education programming. The programming encouraged these students to engage in health behaviors that decrease risk of COPD and increase awareness of risk factors so that they may be able to share this knowledge with their friends and families.