Friday, December 11, 2009

Final Exam Questions

Here are 3 of the 5 questions you will have to choose from in class.

1. Compare the medical definition of health with the public health definition. Explain how public health can better address root causes of illness and injury. Describe how social inequities are actually aggravated by medicine. Illustrate examples of how community organizing can meet public health’s goals.


2. Why is tobacco addiction a social justice issue? Provide examples of how nicotine addiction is unequally distributed among groups in the US. Discuss how US corporations export the addiction to other parts of the world, using marketing practices outlawed in the US. Describe and discuss the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. How does it represent a policy approach to promoting public health?


3. Describe the “stream model” and the “normal curve” as illustrated in The Lancet article on diabetes in the US. Apply these two concepts to HIV in the United States. How could we “go upstream” in the American HIV epidemic? Give examples? How does the normal curve apply to the American approach to HIV prevention and treatment?

4. We discussed the problem of overweight and obesity quite a bit in class. Imagine that you are a public health educator who is designing a community education program for heavy kids in the Mission neighborhood. Describe the steps you would eemploy to assess, implement, and assure for maximum quality. Draw from Minkler’s “10 Commitments for Community Health Education” and describe how you would use them as guiding principles.

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