Week 1 discussion
Public health practice was initially concerned with
infectious and environmentally related diseases, but in recent years has
evolved to focus more on injury prevention, substance abuse, violence,
tobacco-related, and other chronic diseases. Present at least one pivotal legal
and historical occurrence that resulted in this shift of public health effort.
Justify your rationale with supportive evidence.
Review the Ten Great Public Health Achievements (Exhibit
2.3) of your textbook. Select one of the 10 achievements. What is the
importance of your chosen achievement to society? In your own words, defend its
right to be considered a “Great Public Health Achievement.” Select
three other peers’ postings and debate their analysis. Keep in mind all
postings should be substantive and well supported with examples, details, and
evidence. Brief responses are not appropriate.
Week 2 discussion
Focus on a “current event” ethical dilemma in public
health. Apply the principles of the ethical practices of public health to
resolve the issue (see page 125 of the textbook). You may integrate
recommendations based on conclusions from public health acts and principles to
support your position. Select three other peers’ postings and provide feedback
on the presented resolution. Offer further suggestions, details, or examples.
State agencies typically follow one of two general structure
models: the free-standing agency model or the super agency model. What are the
pros and cons of each model? Which model do you think is “ideal” for
a state agency and why?
Week 3 discussion
Within a budget there are two categories: mandatory and
discretionary. In which categories do most public health programs fall? Provide
an example of an expenditure that is considered mandatory. Justify your
rationale. Provide an example of an expenditure that is discretionary. Justify
What are the responsibilities and role of the Appropriations
Committee? What is the importance of this committee to public health spending
as it relates to Medicaid and Medicare?
Week 4 discussion
The public health workforce is found in both
population-based and institutional services that stem from the official public
health agencies. What are the most frequent employment sites for health care
workers? Present an example of an organization, institution, or agency that
would be categorized under each service, population-based and institutional.
Provide an example of a job title and an associated job description at each
level of service. Select three other peers’ postings to peer review. Provide
Review the Root Cause Analysis Topic Materials to learn more
about conducting a root cause analysis. Using the “Root Cause Analysis
Template,” conduct a root cause analysis of the “Root Cause Analysis
Scenario.” Post a description of the problem and a summary of your root cause
analysis, including recommendations for proposed action to eliminate the
problem from reoccurring. Select other peers’ postings to peer review. Provide
Week 5 discussion
Identify five sources of data available at the federal
level. What is the importance of each data source in public health funding and
surveillance? Describe the information/content that can be found in these data
sources. Present an example of an industry that might find each of these data
What is the difference between service-based and
population-based applications for information systems in public health
organizations? Present an example of each application and justify your
rationale. Select three other peers’ postings to peer review. Provide appropriate
Week 8 discussion
As it relates to the development and management of public
health assessment activities, what is your response to the following statement?
It is suggested that the assessment process is driven by
decisions made by the community members themselves, rather than by influences
from the outside community.
Select three other peers’ postings and debate their
response. Keep in mind all postings should be substantive and well supported
with examples, details, and evidence. Brief responses are not appropriate.
What are the four organizational strategy types? Describe
how an organization chooses which strategy to implement.
Week 9 discussion
Provide an example of the three prevention strategies:
primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as they relate to disaster
epidemiology. Justify your rationale. Select three other peers’ postings and
debate their responses.
How are surveillance systems used in post-disaster
situations? Support your answer with examples and evidence.
Week 10 discussion
Explain the life cycle of public health partnerships. Why
are collaborative partnerships important? What reasons or issues lead to the
termination of partnerships?
What is the difference between intervention research and
systems research? Provide an example of a public health advancement or
accomplishment that represents each type of research. In addition, explain the
role of systems research and the integration of systems theory for public
health programs implemented within community-based organizations. Justify your