Infectious vs. Chronic Diseases

Part I:

  • Describe which currently has the largest impact on the nation’s health: infectious diseases or chronic diseases?
  • Explain your response using epidemiological measures and supportive evidence from academic research. 

Part II:

  • Analyze how public health upholds individual rights while
    protecting societal rights through prevention strategies of both types
    of diseases (e.g., adding fluoride to the water to reduce dental
  • Discuss the ethical issues associated with the role of public
    health in protecting societal rights as well as individual rights.

Utilize at least two scholarly sources (one could be the textbook) to support your points.

Guided Response: Imagine that you are an individual who
feels your rights are being violated because of a public health
initiative (e.g., helmet use, water fluoridation, seatbelt laws, etc.).
Respond to at least two of your classmates by posting an argument in
response to their analysis of how public health initiatives uphold
individual rights while protecting societal rights.  In that response,
explain how public health might be viewed as infringing on your personal
rights.  Support your argument with at least two scholarly sources (one
may be the textbook).

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your discussion.