Student Health and Wellbeing

A collaborative program between Arizona State University (ASU) and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) explored and identified the unmet health and wellbeing needs of college students with the ultimate goal of helping young adults establish habits for lifelong health. The program aimed to enhance current ASU initiatives and find opportunities to expand Mayo Clinic’s reach to a new demographic by connecting to the young adults in a meaningful way.


The ASU work represents a project that was highly student-centered. As our Mayo design team co-existed on campus with ASU students during their everyday college experiences, struggles, victories, emotions, defeats, and ideas, empathy for each other occupied its rightful place as a constant in design, honoring all the complexities that each of us carry as we try to improve the health and wellbeing of ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Of 33 concepts created in the program, three were selected for prototyping and research studies by students, stakeholders, and the project teams:

  • College Transitions Toolkit is a set of peer-facilitated activities to encourage community-driven health and wellbeing. Activities can be run in classrooms, residence halls, and other events on campus.
  • Freshman Survival Guide is a mobile app that nudges students to set goals for positive health and academic behaviors, address health issues effectively, and adjust to college life.
  • Life Map is an iPad app that guides students to map life stressors in a way that enhances student communication during therapeutic interventions with counselors and supports their identity development.


After promising results from design validation and research studies, ASU has licensed the prototype for further development and use across the ASU campus and CFI continues to refine these concepts for internal practice and wellbeing applications. Design principles from this program are applicable for young adult health initiatives, products and services.