Major Research Paper: public health

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Assignment #4: Major Research Paper
The paper’s purpose is to provide practical experience in effectively using health care research resources through library databases and Internet search engines and to enable you to write more effectively about public health administration topics. The length of the paper should be from six to ten double-spaced pages, not including the title page, references, or any charts or tables. The paper must meet all APA standards and your references must include at least five peer-reviewed journal articles.  Grading criteria will include organization, the depth of fact-finding, the depth of analysis, sophistication of thinking, strength and clarity of writing, paper formatting, and the degree to which the paper followed the published guidelines. See the Standardized Writing Rubric in the Course Content for specific criteria.

Please select one of the following topics for your research paper: 

A. Public health partnerships are an important tool for stretching limited resources. Using the literature and information found in this course, explain in detail the different types of partnerships (strategic orientation, categories, and characteristics) and use that information to conduct an analysis of two different public health partnerships. In your analysis, you should describe the purposes, structure, goals of each of the organizations and the two partnerships and how the organizations quantify or measure their success. You should conclude by comparing and contrasting the two partnerships and describe any similarities and differences between them, identify whether one program appears to have advantages over the other, and explain why. 

B. Interview a senior leader or manager in a public health agency about a program that they work in. You should describe the leader/manager’s  background and describe his or her public health program in detail (include its purpose, role in public health, leadership, funding sources and amounts, and the measures that the program uses to measure its success). You should then describe and analyze three significant leadership challenges that the leader/manager faces in their work and describe how/if they have been able to resolve them. You must then use the literature to provide context and to conduct a detailed analysis of at least one of the challenges. Your analysis should result in a minimum of three potential solutions for each of the challenges. Finally, please remember to be courteous to the person and send a thank you note after the interview. Note that interviews may be in person or on the telephone. 

C. Using an accepted change management framework (one example might be “Leading Change” by John Kotter), analyze a public health organization that has undergone or attempted to undergo transformational change. Describe what the organization did (or did not do), what was successful and what was not successful, and describe leader behaviors and actions that had an impact on the effort.  Describe the degree to which the organization followed or did not follow the change management framework that you cite. Ground your analysis with references from the literature.




Rubric Name: GSMY Writing Rubric v2

Criteria Level 4
20 points
Level 3
16 points
Level 2
14 points
Level 1
1 point
Criterion 1: Context/Purpose- Considers the audience, purpose, and the circumstances surrounding the writing assignment(s). Shows superiorunderstanding of context, audience, and purpose that is extremely appropriate for the assignment(s). Shows good understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is mostly appropriate for the assignment(s). Shows fair understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is somewhat appropriate for the assignment(s). Shows insufficient or poorunderstanding of context, audience, or purpose of the assignment(s). 
Criterion 2: Content/Ideas/Support- Articulates and supports a main idea(s) that is consistent with context and purpose. Highly original main idea(s) is clearly articulated and strongly supported by predominantly current and relevant evidence that may be researched based. Main idea(s) is exceedingly consistent with context and purpose.   Mostly original main idea(s) is generally well articulated and sufficiently supported by mainly current and relevantevidence that may be researched based. Main idea(s) is generally consistentwith context and purpose.   Main idea(s) is vague, and/orinadequately supported, and/or inconsistent with context and purpose.   Main idea(s) is hardly or not evident and/or lacks support and/or scarcely relates to context and purpose.  
Criterion 3: Organization- Uses logical sequencing including introduction, transitions between paragraphs, and summary/ conclusion to develop main idea(s) and content. Uses highly logical sequencing including introduction, transitions between paragraphs, and summary/ conclusion to fullydevelop main idea(s) and content. Uses mostly logical sequencing including introduction, transitions between paragraphs, and summary/ conclusion to generally develop main idea(s) and content. Uses partially logical sequencingMakesinadequate use of introduction, and/or transitions between paragraphs, and/or summary/ conclusion. Main idea(s) and content are incompletely developed. Uses little or no logical sequencing. Lacks introduction, and/or transitions between paragraphs and/or summary/ conclusion. Main idea(s) and content remain undeveloped.  
Criterion 4: Sources -Incorporates use of and identifies sources and/or research, according to APA and/or instructor guidelines. Demonstrates superiorjudgment in selection, incorporation, and identification of entirelyappropriate quality and quantity of sources and/or research that fully meet orexceed established guidelines.  Demonstrates good judgmentin selection, incorporation, and identification of mainly appropriate quality and quantity of sources and/or research that mostly meet or exceed established guidelines. Demonstrates limitedjudgment in selection and/or incorporation and/or identification of sources and/or research. Quality and/or quantity and/or appropriateness partially meet established guidelines.  Demonstrates little or nojudgment in selection and/or incorporation and/or identification of sources and/or research. Quality and/or quantity and/or appropriateness do not meetestablished guidelines. 
Criterion 5: Word Usage/ Grammar/Spelling/ Punctuation -Uses wording, grammar, spelling and punctuation accurately and correctly. Uses highly effective wording; demonstrates virtually error-free grammar, spelling and punctuation. Uses mostly effectivewording; demonstrates very few errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Uses minimally effectivewording; demonstrates numerous errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Uses ineffective wording; demonstrates unacceptableamount and/or type of errorsin grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Overall Score Level 4
90 or more
Level 3
80 or more
Level 2
70 or more
Level 1
0 or more



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