U.S. public health system

U.S. public health system


Environmental and occupational health hazards may be managed in different settings, such as government and private settings, in order to protect the public and workforce from environmental exposures.


In this Case Assignment, you will address public health at the government level from a historical perspective:

  1. Discuss the accomplishments of the U.S. public health system at reducing public health impacts from hazards associated with public environmental exposures and occupational health hazards.
  2. Examine what brought about these successes, particularly at the local health department level.
  3. Select 3 areas that can be improved in environmental health programs.


Use information from your module readings/articles as well as appropriate research to support your selection.

Length: The Case Assignment should be 4-5 pages long (double-spaced).

References: At least three references must be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required Reading is included. Quoted materials should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. Materials copied verbatim from external sources must be enclosed in quotation marks. In-text citations are required as well as a list of references at the end of the assignment. (APA format is recommended.)

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Format: APA format is recommended for this assignment

Required Reading

Barrow, C. J. (2006). Chapter 1: Introduction. In Environmental management for sustainable development. London, GBR: Routledge.

Barrow, C. J. (2006). Chapter 2: Environmental management: Fundamentals and goals. In Environmental management for sustainable development. London, GBR: Routledge.

Begun, L. & Malcolm, J. (2014). Leading public health: A competency framework. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Read: Chapter 2: A framework for public health leadership (pp. 27-50); and Chapter 3: Values and traits of public health leaders (pp.53-76).

Bekemeier, B., Chen, A. L-T., Kawakyu, N., & Yang, Y. (2013). Local public health resource allocation: Limited choices and strategic decisions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(6), 769-775.

Healey, B. J., & Walker, K. T. (2009). Chapter 3: History and importance of occupational safety and health. In Introduction to occupational health in public health practice.Hoboken, NJ, USA: Jossey-Bass




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The U.S population has been a beneficiary of strong public health efforts throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. These efforts, for instance, can be observed by an improved life expectancy by 62% towards the end of the 20th century. Other than increased life expectancy, there have been notable improvements in general population health status at all life stages throughout the 20th century (National Center for Health Statistics US, 2011). The 21st century alike, is having some of the improvements to be proud of as far as public health is concerned. In this discussion we critically examine some of the achievements of the US public health in checking illnesses and disability that result from people’s interaction with the environment as well as occupational hazards…………………………..words 1219