A Cross-Sectional Study on Diploma Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Preventive Behavior about COVID-19 in Northeastern Thailand


  • Kaewjai Maleelai Sirindhorn College of Public Health Ubon Ratchathani
  • Peyanut Juntavaree Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani, Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute, Thailand


COVID-19, knowledge, attitude, preventive behavior, diploma student, Thailand



COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2.


A cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of COVID-19 among diploma students. A total of 120 students were recruited from students of the diploma program at the Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani, Northeastern Thailand. An online survey was obtained in June 2021. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the independent t-test to understand the relationship between variables. 


The results found that most participants were female (87.5%), and the mean age was 22 years. The participants (59.17%) studied the Diploma of Sciences program in Emergency Medical Operation. The majority of them (49.71%) were in the first year. 93.33% of them were not underlying diseases (49.71%). The majority of respondents (57.5%) had a strong knowledge of COVID-19 (mean=17, S.D.=1.83). The majority of individuals (66.7%) had a positive attitude (mean=3.24, SD=1.35), and 80 % had good COVID-19 preventive behavior (mean=3.54, S.D.=1.35). When comparison of variables between knowledge, attitude, and practice for the prevention of COVID-19. The relationship between COVID-19 preventative behavior and variables such as gender, study program, and attitude toward the virus was statistically significant at p<.05.


Even though our results indicate that the students had a positive attitude and practice regarding COVID-19. The knowledge, attitude, and practice about COVID-19 in participants' education remain to be continually improved. 




How to Cite

Maleelai, K., & Juntavaree, P. (2024). A Cross-Sectional Study on Diploma Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Preventive Behavior about COVID-19 in Northeastern Thailand. International Journal of Public Health Research, 14(1), 1865–1875. Retrieved from https://spaj.ukm.my/ijphr/index.php/ijphr/article/view/466