Maryland Youth Tobacco & Risk Behavior Survey

Maryland Youth Tobacco and Risk Behavior Survey

The State of Maryland conducts one biennial school-based health and risk behavior survey. The use of a single survey reduces survey burden on schools and students while at the same time providing the highest quality health and risk-behavior data.

The Youth Tobacco and Risk Behavior Survey (YTRBS) is a collaborative effort between the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The survey will provide data on core categories of risk behaviors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The YTRBS is a part of the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).

The CDC develops the core questions used in the survey questionnaires, of which Maryland is 
required to include at least two-thirds. Past YTRBS survey instruments and the current drafts of the 2016 YTRBS survey questionnaires are available from DHMH at:

The results of this survey will be provided by the CDC for every county and Baltimore City. No 
school-specific data will be released as the survey is only designed to provide valid estimates of health and risk behaviors at the jurisdiction and statewide levels only.

Fall 2016 YTRBS Highlights

  • The CDC will randomly select schools and oversee random classroom selection
  • Separate survey instruments for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12)
  • Scantron® type answer sheets will be used, no student identifying information collected
  • Survey instruments address all CDC designated core risk behavior categories
    • Demographics Use of marijuana
    • Safety Use of other drugs
    • Violence-related behaviors
    • Bullying
    • Use of tobacco
    • Use of alcohol
    • Sexual behaviors
    • Nutrition
    • Physical activity
    • Other health-related topics
  • Contract survey administrators, not teachers/staff will administer the survey
  • The CDC will scan the answer sheets, conduct analysis, and provide results

For more information about the survey:



Or contact: Tamara Mills, Coordinator of Instruction, 410-632-5031 or