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.
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.
Air quality, indoor
Biological Agents Registry
Biological indoor contaminants
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
Communicable Disease Control
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
Dusty Trades (asbestos, silica)
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
(example Oil Spills)
Fish consumption advisories
Fish, contaminants in
Floods – Health, Safety, Cleanup
Harmful Algal Blooms
Hazardous Substances Emergency
Events Surveillance (HSEES)
Health Hazards Control
Indoor air pollutants
Infection control measures
Influenza Sentinel Surveillance
Insect repellant safety
Intensive Livestock Operations
KI (potassium iodide) (DHHS Web
Kid’s pages: Rabies (DHHS Web Site)
La Crosse encephalitis (LAC)
Mad Cow disease
Mercury in fish
Mold & mildew
Nitrates in well-water
Nuclear power plants
Occupational disease and injury
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
Potassium Iodide Program (DPH
Public Health Preparedness and
Rabies: kids’ pages (DHHS Web Site)
Salisbury asphalt plant studies
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
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
Cover Page APA Cover Page (Title, Name, Date, Class, Instructor).
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
HCM 530: Term Paper Guidelines