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History, Present, and Future of Public Health and the Organizations with Influence Day 3 (1st post)  





Introduction to the ePortfolio

Day 3 (1st post)  




Eleven Blue Men Day 7 Assignment 7

Weekly Learning Outcomes

This week students will

  1. Evaluate the history, present, and future of public health.
  2. Assess the goals and purpose of epidemiology.
  3. Create a basic epidemiological assessment.


When it comes to meeting our goals, getting started is often the most important part. Week One of this course is designed to get you started on the right path. The week begins with an overview of the importance of community in graduate study as well as a consideration of the process involved in becoming a professional. You will be challenged to think not just about your program, but also about how you hope to use the program to further your professional goals. You will be introduced to a number of university support services that will aid you in research and writing throughout the program. You are advised to take advantage of a freely available bibliographic reference management tool to archive the research you will be completing in your courses. Links to a variety of these optional tools may be found in the  Free Reference

Management Tools list. You are encouraged to take your time reviewing all of these support options, as they will help you across your program. Specifically, this week you will examine the past, present, and future of public health and how integral a role epidemiologic data plays in our work.

Required Resources


McKenzie, J.F., Pinger, R.R., & Seabert, D.M.. (2017). An Introduction to Community and Public Health (9th edition).

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  • Chapter 1: Community and Public Health: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  •    Chapter 2: Organizations that Help Shape Community and Public Health
  •  Chapter 3: Epidemiology: The Study of Disease, Injury, and Death in the Community


Roueché, B. (2014, October 12). Eleven blue men. Retrieved from This reading is required for students to be able to complete the Week One assignment related to epidemiology.

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Ashford University. (2017).  Career center: Self assesment. Retrieved from assessment.html. This link leads students to the Ashford Career Center. Not only is this a component of your introduction to the program, but it also serves as a continuous resource to help you secure a position after graduation. Accessibility Statement not available

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Recommended Resources


Thacker, S.B. (2006, December 22).  Epidemiology and public health at CDC. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(2), 3-4. Retrieved from


This article explains the history of epidemiology and its relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the concept of epidemiology began with Dr. John Snow in the mid-19th century, it was not fully recognized until Dr. Alexander Langmuir was hired by the CDC in 1949. Accessibility Statement

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, April 26).  Ten great public health achievements in the 20th century.

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This web page highlights all of the major events that have occurred during the development of public health as we know it today, from our discovery of immunizations to what lies ahead in the future for public health.

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MHA 601 Week 1 Discussions: History, Present, and Future of Public Health and the Organizations with Influence

Participate in the following discussions:

  1. Post Your Introduction. 1st Post Due by Day 1. In your initial post, introduce yourself to your peers and your instructor by creating a personal statement. The purpose of your personal statement, as opposed to a more general introduction, is to provide a picture of how you intend to use the Master of Public Health (MPH) program to advance your career and improve your life. To help you begin writing your statement, take one of the Career Self- Assessments on the Ashford Career Services website.

Your personal statement should be 200 to 250 words in length. In your personal statement:

  • Provide your educational history. (Indicate the degrees you’ve earned and the degree-granting institutions

you’ve attended.

  • Describe your current job and any work history related to the field of public health.
  • Analyze public health as a profession as you currently understand it.
  • Describe how you expect to use this degree to create new professional opportunities.
  • Evaluate how you perceive public health in your current profession and in your daily life.
  • Comment on how you hope to use the information from this program to improve your professional life and interactions with others in your family and community.

Guided Response: History, Present, and Future of Public Health and the Organizations with Influence

Review several of your colleagues’ posts and welcome at least three of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in the week to promote more meaningful and interactive discourse in this discussion.

Prior to posting your responses, consider the similarities in background you see between you and your classmate. Are your professional goals similar to or different from those of your classmate? How might learning more about the various aspects of public health assist your classmate in attaining his or her aspirations? How does your classmate’s plan to use the MPH degree influence or inform your future plans? Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. MST on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post. History, Present, and Future of Public Health and the Organizations with Influence

  1. History, Present, and Future of Public Health and the Organizations with Influence. 1st Post Due by Day 3.

Now that you have reviewed the general history of public health and reviewed some of the organizations that have influence at the national, state, and local levels, what do you feel is the biggest health issue facing your community? Present an assessment, policy, and assurance scan for this health issue:

  •          How many are affected (approximately)?
  •          What is the demographic information of those affected?
  •          Are there any policies in place to address this health issue?
  •          Have the policies been effective?
  •          What policies would you implement to cause a positive change?
  •          Finally, what assurances would you utilize to maintain the positive change?

Guided Response

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond to a minimum of two of your peers. What similarities exist between your chosen health issue and those of your classmates? Do you feel their policy suggestions would be effective? Why or why not? Do you feel their assurances go far enough to maintain the impact of the policy?

  1. Introduction to the ePortfolio. 1st Post Due by Day 3. Throughout your degree, you will be building a personal electronic portfolio, or “ePortfolio.” The ePortfolio will serve as a tool for you to track your professional and academic progress. In MPH 699 (The Capstone) or final course, you will use the ePortfolio to reflect on your development across the degree. Once you graduate, it can also be used to demonstrate your skills and competencies to potential employers and the professional community.

This discussion will introduce you to “Portfolium,” the ePortfolio tool being used by this university. As an Ashford student, you not only will have access to Portfolium during your time at Ashford, but you will retain lifetime unlimited access after leaving the university, without fees or capacity limit.

Getting Started in Portfolium

  • Review the multimedia ePortfolio video walkthrough developed for the university.

Setting up your account and bio

  • Now you are ready to set up your account in Portfolium by signing in and creating your Portfolium profile with a short bio and photo. This should be a representation of you that you can share with colleagues and professionals.
  • Once you have a bio, export it from Portfolium as a pdf and upload it to the discussion board to share with your classmates. Review a few of your classmates’ ePortfolios. Look for ePortfolios that have not yet been examined by others in this discussion board.

In the discussion board describe your experience with Portfolium. How could you use it as a means for capturing your best work and sharing it with others? What other uses do you think Portfolium offers to you or to other students during and after their program?

Guided Response

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. After reviewing at least two other students’ ePortfolio

bios, give them some feedback. What additional information would you like to see as a colleague or an employer?

Executive Management

Review the case study, Reinventing the Orange County Medical Association for the 21st Century, presented in Chapter 1 of the course text.  Use Gulick’s seven major functions of executive management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting) as the model to evaluate Michele’s work as the executive director of the Orange County Medical Association. For each function, cite facts or examples in the case study to support your claim and provide justifications by citing the course text or scholarly sources.  After providing your evaluation of Michele’s work, share the “lessons learned” from this case study and what you would have done differently. Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Support your response with a minimum of two scholarly sources.

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