Final Exam Essay Question Pool
The final exam will be a take-home exam.You will submit your work to Turnitin – please follow the guidelines regarding plagiarism. Everything must be your own words.
Label your answers with the appropriate question number – for example A.1. or B.2. etc..
- You will answer a total of 6 questions from the lists below.
- The first question is required of everyone. It is labeled “A.1.”
- Answer 2 questions from the B group
- Answer 2 questions from the C group
- Answer 1 question from the D group
A.1. Required. Everyone must answer this question. (300 – 500 words)
Article Analysis. Being able to critically read and interpret research articles is an important skill in public health. This question will help you practice this skill while allowing you to reflect on the material you’ve learned throughout the course.
- Identify a topic you’ve learned in this course that sparks your interest (e.g. nutrition and mental wellness). In doing so, list some keywords that might relate to the topic (e.g. “stress,” “plant-based foods”)
- Conduct a search of research literature on Google Scholar, using some of the keywords you listed.
- Once you’ve found an article you’re interested in, read it carefully and thoroughly. keeping in mind the following questions:
- Write your analysis.
- What is the article’s central question?
- What is the article’s hypothesis or argument?
- How was the study designed and performed?
- What were the article’s conclusions?
- What is the article’s relevance to the class?
- Why you find it particularly interesting
B Question Group: Choose 2 questions from this group
B.1 (300 – 500 words)
Throughout this course, we’ve seen how religion and culture can have a strong influence on what people eat and don’t eat. How do these influences impact the abilities of public health agencies trying to improve the public’s eating habits? Discuss the challenges that this situation presents to public health professionals. In answering this, think about your own community or a country that you have studied. What might be the challenges in making a difference in how people eat?
B.2 (300 – 500 words)
Having watched the videos on Blue Zone areas (Okinawa, Sardinia, Loma Linda), you have seen examples of how these populations live longer and have a high quality of life. These areas are notable for the high percentage of people who live to 100 and beyond. If you were to implement a Blue Zone lifestyle in your community, what would that look like? Describe the challenges of implementing this. Describe the characteristics of your community, which could be: your dorm; your church; your immediate neighborhood; your fraternity/sorority; or even an entire country. Be sure to include the Public Health steps (Assess, Build, Plan, Implement, Evaluate) in your answer.
B.3 (300 – 500 words)
Imagine that you are a public health provider with a Master’s in Public Health in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Global Public Health. You have been hired by the Pan American Health Organization on a mission to promote awareness about diabetes and decrease the prevalence of diabetes in Mexico. What will be your recommendations on eating style? What will you recommend from their traditional eating style? What will you not recommend from their current eating style? Get familiar first with the traditional eating habits and culture in Mexico.
B.4 (300 – 500 words)
You have been selected to be in charge of the food division at UC Irvine that oversees the dorm cafeterias. Your job is to help students understand what types of food they should eat and what types of food to avoid or limit. What types of healthy foods would you recommend a student eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Be sure to describe why you recommend these foods. What are the challenges that you think students will have in adopting your recommendations? What methods will you use to encourage and inspire students to follow your recommendations? Be creative in your answers! Think about your own 7-day food journal and the food journal that you reviewed as you are considering the challenges presented by this scenario. Consider what motivates students to change their behavior, given that they are often pressed for time and money. Your plan must be realistic!
B.5 (300 – 500 words)
You are a newly-hired health promotion program coordinator for a retirement community. Your first task is to plan and implement a sustainable Alzheimer’s Disease prevention program. In your planning, you decide to take a nutrition/diet-based approach to prevention. When pitching your ideas to the manager on-site, how might you explain that a diet-based approach to Alzheimer’s Prevention will be an effective program strategy? Be sure to reference examples from course material. In regard to cultural sensitivity and cultural competency, what potential issues might you need to prepare for?
C Question Group: Choose 2 questions from this group
C.1 (300 – 500 words)
Imagine that the President has made you the nation’s Nutrition Czar working side by side with the Surgeon General. The two of you are charged with implementing the guidelines for the Healthy People 2050 initiative. You get to choose one issue to focus on. You are excited to apply your passions on the national stage. Describe the specific issue you plan to advocate for. Detail the outcome you expect to achieve if your legislative proposals take effect. List the stakeholders who will support you and those who will oppose you on this issue. How will your brilliant idea change people’s health and their life for the better?
You are completing an internship in public health communication and are tasked to develop a brochure on diet-based cancer prevention. Your supervisor reminds you that your target population has been assessed as having limited health literacy. Your supervisor has also given you the following instructions: 1) only provide three diet-based cancer prevention strategies and 2) only write one sentence explanation per strategy. Keeping these instructions and the target population in mind, write exactly what you would include on the brochure. You may choose to use an infographic or PPT to design your brochure. But you will need to convert it to a PDF in order to upload it to Turnitin.
C.3 (300 – 500 words)
You, a concerned teacher at an elementary school, have noticed that students are not eating as healthfully as they should be and cannot identity many types of vegetables and fruits. You want some sort of intervention to be enacted at the school that educates students on healthy eating. You also learn that your local public health agency is looking to institute a healthy eating program throughout the school district and you want to contribute by giving them a few ideas. Based on the video lectures and readings you have encountered in this class, what sort of community interventions/programs would you propose? Provide and explain three of these programs and their components and why you chose them.
C.4 (300 – 500 words)
You are a professor of medicine and public health who has been invited to speak at a conference attended by medical students across the United States. The title of your presentation is “Popping pills vs. eating meals: The need for nutrition-based medical education.” Accordingly, your goal is to encourage medical students to be more aware and competent in diet-based prevention and treatment strategies. Based on what you’ve learned throughout the course, how would you “sell” nutrition-based medicine to your audience of medical students? What examples (drawn from the course material) would you integrate in your presentation? How do these examples advance your position on nutritional medicine?
Food recalls are ever present in our society. Most recently, there was a “food scare” around Romaine lettuce. The safety of the food supply is a critical part of a functional and effective food policy for any country to protect the health of the public. Imagine that the CDC has just announced a potential food safety issue for certain brands of hot dogs. You are a public health communications officer for the Orange County Department of Public Health. Develop an engaging and informative infographic or poster that you will use to inform the public and post in public spaces. Consider the role of social media in your challenge here.
D Question Group: Choose 1 question from this group
D.1 (300 – 500 words)
You are a senior program officer at the World Health Organization. You have been invited to deliver a university lecture on “Planning Effective Public Health and Global Health Programs.” You decide to use [a country of your choice], [a disease of your choice], and [nutritional risk factor of your choice] as an example to illustrate effective planning. In outlining your presentation, include talking points for the following planning components:
- Step 1: Assess Needs (1-2 sentences or more)
- Step 2: Build Capacity (1-2 sentences or more)
- Step 3: Plan (1-2 sentences or more)
- Step 4: Implement (1-2 sentences or more)
- Step 5: Evaluate (1-2 sentences or more)
You may choose to use PPT for this question since this scenario describes a presentation. But you will need to convert it to a PDF in order to upload it to Turnitin.
D.2 (300 – 500 words)
A group of 20 undergraduate students from the United States (ages 19-24) arrives in Costa Rica for a two-week stay. They were invited to participate in a special project called “Improving mental wellness to smile every day.” Many of these students feel angry, anxious, depressed, moody, unhappy, insecure, and show other similar symptoms. What are your recommendations for students regarding their diet? What should students eat for these 2 weeks? Justify your suggestions and recommendations. Are there any advantages for these students to be in Costa Rica for this particular program?
D.3 (300 – 500 words)
You have been hired by the U.S. Surgeon General and also by a special committee of the World Health Organization to develop a proposal for a new policy relating to the situation described in these two videos below by Dr. Greger from Week 8. Identify some ways in which food industry interests have impacted both nutrition information and consumer food choices. What would be your recommendation for a nutritional policy for the FDA and the FTC? What are the forces at play on this topic? What are the challenges? To what degree does the government play a role in this arena and what should that role be?
- Taxpayer Subsidies for Unhealthy Foods (Links to an external site.)
- The Food Industry Wants the Public Confused About Nutrition (Links to an external site.)
D.4 (300 – 500 words)
You have been appointed as a chair of a global health research committee of the World Health Organization. The WHO received a note from the Ministry of Health in the United Kingdom regarding discrepancies between certain research studies and the actual effect of the studied health component. You read the submitted material and you are presenting a summary to the committee regarding how nutritional studies can be misleading and the danger they present for the public. What do you plan to share with them? How will you approach this assignment? Here are two links to get you started thinking about this:
D.5 (300 – 500 words)
A city council is holding a meeting in just a couple of days and you, as an advocate for access to fresh foods and the elimination of food deserts, want to make sure that priority is given to solving the problem of hunger and malnutrition. Additionally, you know that the city council has already placed a greater importance on lowering the cancer mortality rate of their city. With these two thoughts in mind, how will you persuade the city to focus their efforts on BOTH food deserts and cancer mortality using the information you learned about food and cancer? Also, provide an explanation about what exactly a food desert is and recommendations to reduce them.
D.6 (300 – 500 words)
Imagine that the CDC has declared a dramatic increase in mental illness (for example depression or anxiety) in the community you grew up in. You are a public health official tasked with implementing an intervention program focusing on the community’s diet. What steps would you recommend residents take to attempt to curb the high rates of mental illness? Keep in mind cultural and socio-economic conditions and how they would factor into your plan. What would be the most substantial changes in diet you would recommend, and what would be the biggest barrier for the community you are aiding? Using week 6 materials, consider to what degree a person’s diet influences mental health and disease as they age.