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HCA 415 Week 1 Quiz

Question 1.Public Health __________.  

  Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease, protects against environmental hazards, and prevents injury.   

  Conducts health education programs to encourage healthy behaviors.   

  Responds to disaster and assists communities in recoveries.   

Formulates and implements policies in order to improve the quality of health in the community.   

  All of the above


Question 2.Often referred to as the “father of modern epidemiology”, he is credited with identifying the cause of the spread of cholera and creating a statistical method for mapping disease. 

  John Snow   

  Edward Jenner   

  Edwin Chadwick   

  Jonas Salk   

Question 3.The major health challenge for public health in the U.S. today is __________. 

  To combat chronic and degenerative disease (i.e. obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc.)   

  Ensure access to safe and clean air, water, and food.   

  Prevention of early death due to infectious disease.   

  All of the above.   

Question 4.The core functions of public health as stated in the 1988 IOM report are __________.

  Program development and implementation.   

  Infectious disease control, immunization administration, and disaster planning.   

Assessment, policy development, and assurance.   

  Health education, case management, and community outreach.   

  None of the above.   


Question 5.According to the CDC, what is the #1 greatest achievement in public health history? 

  Fluoridation of drinking water   

  Control of infectious disease through sanitation efforts   

  Development of immunizations   

  Development of antibiotics   

Question 6.Worldwide, what are the top three causes of death due to an infectious disease? (Select three.)


 Cardiovascular disease   



 Bacterial meningitis   

 Lower respiratory infections   


 Diarrheal diseases   




Question 7.The Heckler Report __________.

  Established the Office of Minority Health in the United States Department of Health and Human Services.   

  Analyzed and synthesized the major factors that contributed to the health status of Blacks, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.   

  Was a driving force changes in research, policies, programs, and legislation to advance health equity.   

  All of the above.   


Question 8.The Tuskegee Syphilis Study __________.  

  Was conducted without the informed consent of its 600 African American participants.   

  Discovered the cure for syphilis.   

Is a keystone for ethical standards in medical research.   

  A and C   

  A and B   


Question 9.Select one of the following public health achievements and describe the effect it had on the health of the population. Your response should be in your own words (i.e. it should not include quotes) and be approximately 150 words. Paraphrased content should be cited appropriately in APA style.

-Availability of birth control

-Fluoridation of drinking water

-Automobile seat/safety belt law enforcement

-Release of the Surgeon General report concluding that cigarette smoking is a cause of cancer   


Question 10.In your own words, describe the difference between medicine (medical care) and public health. Your response should be approximately 150 words and should not include quotes. Paraphrased content should be cited appropriately in APA style.  

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