The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week on the basis of the course competencies covered. For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned.
To support your work, use your course and textbook readings and also use the South University Online Library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial postings. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Cite sources in your responses to other classmates. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
In growing recognition of the effects of behavior on personal health, public health officials now also collect and analyze behavioral information regarding behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, seat belt and helmet use, smoking, nutrition, exercise, and sexual activities. Surveillance of noncommunicable conditions like heart disease and diabetes has also expanded in recent years. Whereas infectious disease surveillance relies heavily on case reports by physicians, behavioral and noncommunicable disease surveillance is primarily conducted through surveys designed to be representative of the sampled population.