Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.
- Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
- Initial responses should be no less than 200 words.
- Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
- Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
- Replies to classmates should be no less than 100 words.
- Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
- All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
- Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
- Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
- More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
- Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.
We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.
Initial Response. Initial responses should be no less than 200 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least two references (aside from the textbook). Initial responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Day 3 of each week. This allows time for other students to respond to your initial response. Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.
Peer Responses. Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (or the instructor) with significant comments that have substance. Peer responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, Day 7 of each week. All peer responses must be substantial and significant and should be no less than 100 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least one reference (aside from the textbook). If possible, one of the responses to another’s work should be from an opposing viewpoint. Your response to your peers work should be engaging and informative with good substance (just stating “I agree…” is not acceptable). Your responses should contribute in a meaningful way to helping advance our knowledge of the topics the class explores. Your responses to another’s work should be posted as a sub-thread to the student’s original posting of whom you are commenting.
For all Forum activity, students are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to search for references that help support their argument (in addition to textbook material). All posts should contribute and advance the class knowledge of the course themes. The Forum provides an opportunity for everyone to analyze work from many different perspectives.
Please review the Weekly Assignment Grading Rubric prior to submission. Assignments are due in the Assignment portion of the classroom by Sunday (Day 7), 11:55 pm. EST each week. Make sure you read and understand the directions and requirements for each Assignment. Please ensure that you cite your references in APA format with a minimum of our textbook and you may use academic outside resources. Assignments submitted late without advance notice and approval will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading after five (5) past the due date.
Assignments must follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for reference and bibliographic citation. If necessary, refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition or later). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Other APA websites are available through the Library and some are listed in the Week 7- Research Paper Packet.
The paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font with all references cited. Papers will be graded based upon: 1). the extent to which students followed directions for the assignment, and 2). overall presentation (including clarity of argument, grammar and spelling) (see grading rubric for more specific grading information).
Exams: There will be two exams during the course. The exams will be open book open notes. Students will complete the quiz off line and input responses into the Quiz Shell located in the Test and Quizzes on the Course page. The students will have unlimited amount of time to work on the quizzes but students can only submit the quizzes once as a final submission.
You must address the question thoroughly to increase your chance of full credit. All short answer or essay questions must be manually scored. This means that when you complete the quiz or exam points are not displayed. During the grading process, essay questions will be evaluated for points. All exams are due by Sunday (Day 7) of the corresponding week. Exams must be completed by the specified due dates (no exceptions). Late quizzes or exams will not be accepted.
Final Paper: An important component of this course is the research paper. Select a topic pertinent to Public Health in America. Write an 8-12 page paper that will include at least 4-6 evidence/research-based references (no Wikipedia!), an abstract, a graph or chart (data) if applicable to your topic (should not take up more than ¼ of a page).
Your research paper may include (if applicable to your topic) the following information:
- Historical Perspective/Background information on your topic
- Population affected
- Environmental issues
- Epidemiological Research
- Data Use
- Morbidity & Mortality Patterns
- Public Health issues & interventions
- Medical Response
- Prehospital (if applicable)
- Government response
- Local vs. State vs. Federal
- Economic Factors/Issues
- Media Coverage/Communication Issues
- Logistical Issues
- What worked – what didn’t - why
- Lessons Learned
The research paper should include an introduction of the topic, a body in which the topic is developed and references cited, and a well-defined conclusion. I strongly recommend that you contact me with the topic of your paper before you begin your research. The topic you choose may be too broad or too narrow, and a discussion may help you to focus so that your learning will be maximized and your paper will be the best it can be. Your paper can be turned in at any time, but must be submit no later than the last regularly scheduled day of Week 7.
Students’ final grades will be posted as soon as the instructor receives and evaluates all the work. Official grades will continue to be issued by the University on the grade report form. Instructors have 7 days from the end of the semester to submit their grades to the University. Students should not telephone the University looking for grades until at least 30 days after the end of the semester.