PHN600 Foundations of Public Health Nursing
Week 6 Assignment
Public Health Laws and Ethical Implications
The purpose of this assignment is to discuss a public health law or policy passed in response to a health epidemic.
Public health laws and policies are often passed in response to human-caused or natural disasters, the spread of an infectious disease, or other health epidemics. Select a law or policy that was passed after a significant public health event or in response to an epidemic. In a 1,250- to 1,500-word paper, discuss the public health law or policy and describe its impact on a community, including its ethical implications. Examples could include laws/policies targeting smoking, obesity, healthy mothers and babies, vaccinations, etc. Include the following:
Describe the law or policy and why it was passed.
Discuss at what level the law or policy has been passed (the federal, state, or local level) and how it is being implemented.
Discuss who the law or policy targets and how they are being impacted.
Evaluate the efficacy of the law or policy. Include evidence demonstrating success or failure.
Discuss the law or policy’s ethical implications. Do you think this law or policy is fair and ethical? Is it being applied fairly and ethically? Are decisions being made for the common good consistent with the Christian worldview? Defend your responses.
Explain if there have been any unforeseen or unintended consequences.
Support your information with a minimum of two peer-reviewed resources within the last five years.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
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