final term paper

HCM 530: Term Paper Guidelines
Health care is a multidisciplinary field, e.g., there are primary care physicians, specialists,
nurses, technicians, pharmacists, administrators, and others. They all work together as a single
unit for common goals…”safe and quality in patient care.”
Public health is no different. Public health is also a multidisciplinary field composed of
epidemiologists, environmentalists, biostatisticians, behavioral scientists, and/or health
educators. Public health also includes specialists in clinical research, chronic disease, infectious
disease, emergency medical services, food safety, global emergency preparedness, and
response professionals. Some public health specialists focus on health disparities,
international/global health, laboratory practices, maternal and child health concerns, women’s
health, mental health, nutrition/dietetics, occupational health and safety, and toxicology.
Finally, there are public health officials that focus on the economics or finance, of public health
and communities, in addition to public health laws and public health policies.
You Decide!
For your class term paper, choose a public health topic or public health profession that most
interests you. Research your topic and show how your topic or profession chosen is integrated
and/or has a positive effect on populations and community health. Example topics would be,
Environmental: Recycling Waste, or Chronic Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention, or
Biostatisticians’ Effect on Positive Social Change…or any other that relates to this class.
Term Paper Topics
You do not have to use one of these topics. If you choose a topic that is not on this list, email it
to the Professor for approval to ensure it is appropriate for the course.
 AIDS
 Air quality, indoor
 Ammonia
 Anthrax
 Arboviruses
 Arsenic
 Asbestos
 Asphalt
 Avian Flu
 Biological Agents Registry
 Biological indoor contaminants
 Bioterrorism
 Blue-green algae
 Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE)
 Carbon Monoxide
 CCA-treated wood
 Chemical exposure
 Chlorine
 Communicable Disease Control
 Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
 DEET
 Dioxins
 Dusty Trades (asbestos, silica)
 Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
 e-Cycling
 Environmental contaminants
(example Oil Spills)
 Fish consumption advisories
 Fish kills
 Fish, contaminants in
 Floods – Health, Safety, Cleanup
 Flu (Seasonal)
 Formaldehyde
 Harmful Algal Blooms
 Hazardous Substances Emergency
Events Surveillance (HSEES)
 Health Hazards Control
 Hepatitis
 HIV/AIDS
 Hydrochloric Acid
 Indoor air pollutants
 Infection control measures
 Influenza Sentinel Surveillance
Program
 Insect repellant safety
 Intensive Livestock Operations
 KI (potassium iodide) (DHHS Web
Site)
 Kid’s pages: Rabies (DHHS Web Site)
 La Crosse encephalitis (LAC)
 Lead
 Mad Cow disease
 Mercury in fish
 Methamphetamine Labs
 Mold & mildew
 Mosquito-borne diseases
 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA)
 Nitrates in well-water
 Nuclear power plants
 Occupational contaminants
 Occupational disease and injury
reporting
 Occupational Surveillance
 Ozone
 Pesticides
 Pfiesteria
 Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
 Potassium Iodide Program (DPH
Web Site)
 Public Health Preparedness and
Response
 Rabies
 Rabies: kids’ pages (DHHS Web Site)
 Radon
 Salisbury asphalt plant studies
 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS)
 Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
 Silica
 Smallpox
 Tick-borne Illness
 Tuberculosis
 West Nile virus (WNV)
Saint Leo Core Value Integration/Evaluation
In about 250 words, following the conclusion of your paper, apply the Saint Leo University core
value of excellence in a brief proposal for a community health improvement initiative to turn a
negative into positive regarding your chosen topic. For example, this could be an advertising
campaign promoting the usage of insect repellant while outdoors. Incorporate at least one
additional reference above and beyond the textbook, and cite both the textbook and your
external reference(s) using APA style.
Term Paper Rubric
Component Requirement
Cover Page APA Cover Page (Title, Name, Date, Class, Instructor).
Quality of
Content
Approximate
Weighted
Value:
(60%)
The final term paper is 10-15 pages in length, not including cover and
reference page. The paper will consist of concise examinations of a specific
topic relative to the course content. Term papers should demonstrate a
synthesis and integration of public health and the specific chosen topic
concepts correctly and in an innovative way.
Saint Leo Core
Value
(10%)
At least 250 words of the total length of the paper is devoted to the
application of the Saint Leo core value of excellence on your chosen topic
through the creation of a community health improvement initiative
proposal.
Technical
Writing
(20%)
Proper writing mechanics, paraphrasing, use of quotations, proper
grammar, spell check, and transitioning between subsections. Writing
should be original, well paraphrased, and properly cited.
APA Paper
Formatting
(5%)
APA formatting is doubled-spaced, 1” margins, using proper headings and
subheadings, with proper source citations on all statistics, numbers,
concepts, or graphics borrowed from another author.
Reference
Quality
(5%)
A minimum of 5-primary or quality secondary sources that are dated, by
reliable authors, or organizations. Proper references must include the
author/organization, year published, title, and publication source as
appropriate in APA. The reader should be able to easily find that primary
source references used.
Paper
Submission
All students will submit their papers to the course Assignment box. The
Assignment box is integrated with Turnitin. Please read the Academic
Honesty policy. A plagiarized document will result in a minimum penalty of
an “F” for the paper (zero points).
Timeliness Papers will be due 11:59 PM Sunday EST/EDT in Module 7. Late work may
cost up to (-5%) of total points earned.

 
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