Course Competencies and Assessment Criteria
This course defines the terms and the challenges of ethical decision making within the framework of business stakeholders and issues. The focus of this course is on the economic, social, and environmental effects of business decisions and policies. In this course, you will identify and explore significant ethical issues affecting today's multicultural business environment. In addition, you will evaluate how businesses have responded to these issues through policy development.
Create a 3–4-page report on the basic environmental health principles, theories, and issues of an emerging or reemerging disease.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Assess basic environmental health principles, theories, and issues.
Analyze an emerging or reemerging disease.
Describe how an emerging disease is transmitted.
Describe the incubation period of an emerging disease.
Describe how an emerging disease is treated.
Predict prognosis of recovery and residual effects of an emerging disease.
Assess the role of vaccines in disease prevention.
Competency 4: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
To understand emerging and reemerging diseases, you must first understand the interconnectedness between human health and the environment and have a grasp on epidemiology. The Assessment 1 Context document for this assessment provides a brief overview of the concept of interconnectedness and the field of epidemiology. You may wish to review this document for key ideas and information.
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
oIn your own words, what is your definition of environmental health? Why?
oIs environmental health is a global issue? Why or why not?
oIs environmental health an individual concern? Why or why not?
oDo you think most Americans understand the term environmental health? Why or why not?
oSome people feel vaccination should be voluntary and not mandated. What is a reasonable argument to support that position?
oWhat is an emerging or reemerging disease?
Then, craft a 3–4-page report that analyzes the disease and addresses the following points:
oProvide a brief historical account of the disease selected. Consider why this disease is emerging or reemerging.
oWhat areas of the globe are currently affected by this disease?
oHow is it transmitted?
oWhat is the incubation period?
oWhat is the treatment for this disease?
oWhat is the role of vaccines in combatting this disease? If there is no vaccine, why not?
oWhat is the predicted prognosis of recovery and residual effect?
Your report should be logically organized around a point you would like to make regarding the emerging or reemerging disease you select. Consider the MEAL Plan to help organize your thoughts:
oMain Idea: What is the main point or idea that you want your reader to remember about this disease?
oEvidence: What does the research say? Support your point with evidence from the literature you have researched. (This is where you would include facts about the history, transmission, incubation, treatment, and prevention of the disease. Refer to your sources when you provide your evidence.)
oAssess: Summarize main ideas from articles related to the disease. Apply health principles and theories that relate directly or indirectly to your main point. Make explicit links between source articles and your current report.
oLink: Integrate and combine information from your source articles to your main point or idea.