Project #95957 - 28 week1 discussion

Please read the instruction carefully, i think you only write about 1 topic but i'm not sure. please check.

In order to understand public health fully, one must gain perspective on the biological processes that impact health and disease states. For example, the Human Genome Project may be considered one of the greatest initiatives of human history, so some understanding of genetics is essential to understanding the controversies and ongoing advances in this area. Similarly, an understanding of basic biochemistry is informative to disease processes, research, and disease prevention activities. While public health is impacted by many different internal and external factors (e.g., environmental, socio-ecological, behavioral, and genetic), the basic science of public health underlies all of these factors.  

This Discussion contains four topics to choose from, and you will be required to participate in at least three. Note that you need to begin participating in a new topic Discussion on or before each of the deadlines, but you are free to continue posting in any of the Discussions until the module ends on Day 7 of Week 2. Post your Discussions under the appropriate topic thread, and be sure to maintain relevance to each topic. Your Instructor uses the Module 1 Discussion Rubric to grade this Assignment.

By Day 3 of Week 1, choose one of the four topics to begin discussing with your colleagues.

Choose a second topic to discuss by Day 5 of Week 1, and a third by Day 3 of Week 2. You may either start the Discussion or you may enter a Discussion that was started by a colleague. You may continue the Discussion of all topics until the module ends on Day 7 of Week 2.

Topic A

Discuss how you think advances in genetics/genomics are transforming (or will transform) public health and health care. Some things you may consider as you discuss this topic: What are some challenges for public health practitioners that relate to genetics/genomics, and why? Should the public have access to any commercially sold genetic screening tests? Why or why not? What are the most significant public health related advances in genetics/genomics that have been made to date, and why? What do you think the next 5 years will look like with respect to genetic information and public health and/or health care?

Topic B

Newborn screening has been controversial, particularly in the case of holding the blood samples for research purposes. Take a stance on newborn screening and explain your stance to your colleagues. Some things you may consider as you discuss this topic: If a parent asked you whether they should allow their child to be screened, what would you say, and why? What kind of research is being done with newborn blood samples and what is its value to public health? Should researchers be allowed indefinite access to the newborn blood samples? Why or why not, and does the type of research make a difference in your response? What factors do you think are most important to consider with this question of using newborn blood samples for research purposes? 

Topic C

Discuss how you personally can (or will) exercise critical thinking in your career as a public health professional. Some things you may consider as you discuss this topic: What data sources help you decide what factors are significant health risks, and why? What are the major influences that affect your perceptions of what is a significant health risk? How might perceptions differ based on whether someone is a public health professional versus a layperson? Find, and briefly summarize, a primary research article on risk perception that relates to public health and discuss the factors that influenced the risk perception. What basic science elements do you think are most important to understand in your public health career?

Topic D

Medication errors, drug safety, and inappropriate use of prescription medications remain important public health concerns. Discuss the impact of these issues on public health. Some things you may consider as you discuss this topic: Who should bear the primary responsibility for preventing medication errors, unsafe drugs, or prescription drug abuse? How might public health training for medical students, nurses, and pharmacy students reduce or mitigate these issues? How might a basic understanding of biochemistry and genetics help in prevention or control of these issues? What data is available to track medication errors, drug safety, or prescription drug abuse, and do you think it is currently sufficient to base public health policy and action on? If not, what improvements would you make? How might you, as a public health professional, use pharmacogenetic/pharmacogenomic information?

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