Research Article

The Effect of Covid-19 Outbreak on Education of Health Science Students: Example of Tekirdağ Namik Kemal University Health Services Vocational


  • Demet TERZİ
  • Ramadan Bilgin AKALIN
  • Berna ERDAL

Received Date: 12.06.2020 Accepted Date: 01.07.2020 Nam Kem Med J 2020;8(3):279-287


The study aims to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of the distance education system, which has become widespread after the coronavirus outbreak that has been affecting the world since December 2019.

Materials and Methods:

The questionnaire was filled in by 308 two-year degree students from Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University Health Services Vocational School of Higher Education that is mostly based on applied education. The questionnaire was analyzed by factor analysis. General information and differences between factors were investigated by non-parametric tests, and relationships between factors were analyzed by correlation analysis.


84.4% (n: 260) of the participants were female and 15.6% (n: 48) were male. The Cronbach alpha coefficient calculated to measure the reliability of the applied questionnaire was 0,894 and the Kaiser-Mayer-Olkin criterion was 0,906. The results show that there are significant differences between the department variable and the perception of distance education (p=0,02), and between the gender variable and the follow-up of the course (p=0,039). There was no significant difference between age groups (p=0,401), grade level (p=0,074), gender (0,847) and distance learning perception. There was a significant positive correlation between distance education system and infrastructure factor and distance education perception (r=0,516, p<0,01).


Although the factors affecting students' distance education satisfaction vary, general satisfaction is high, but students prefer face to face education in terms of applied education efficiency.

Keywords: COVID-19, outbreak, distance learning, health education, distance education satisfaction