There are several controversies that have plagued the public health system: mental
illness, vaccinations, abortion and contraception, sexuality, sexually transmitted
infections (STIs), and firearm injuries, just to name a few. Debates on morality and
individuality have constantly afflicted public health interventions, especially when
establishing laws for the community to
improve health. Society has redefined the
importance of fighting disease or threats to
E textbook: Introduction to Public Health, 5th Edition
Author: Mary-Jane Schneider
For the Unit I Case Study, identify an important public health issue in your community that is controversial and
under attack. After selecting the public health problem, address the following issues.
Explain the background of the public health issue and the goal of public health officials.
Discuss the goal of public health officials and their application of the core functions of public health.
Explain the controversy (include both sides of the argument).
Identify the possible future consequences of this dilemma.
Your case study must be a minimum of two pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages. To support
your ideas, use a minimum of two outside sources; one may be the textbook. Additionally, use a source that
focuses on your community, such as a newspaper or journal article.