Course: Urban Health in Developing Countries

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Problem Solving Worksheet

» Instructions

The Problem Solving Worksheet is an exercise in which students present an urban health problem of their choice in a particular setting, e.g. a country or a city, either from the case studies discussed in class, or from their own experience, or from the literature.

The overall exercise is divided into five (5) steps that will be completed on a weekly basis (approximately). Response for each activity/step are limited to about 250 words.

Students use the Urban Health Problem-Solving Worksheet as the basis of their work. The worksheet is a template and it should be used each time students submit a step so that their work on each each previous assignment is visible. By the end of step 5, students should have a complete problem-solving worksheet that shows how they built on each previous step.

Students should use about 250 words to fully express the items requested under each week's task/component. The final product will be similar to a short essay, and students should aim for that level of quality.

Each activity is worth 15 points; the whole exercise is worth 75 points.

Students must provide full references to the articles or publications mentioned for each activity. If possible, students should also include a web address for the article or publication. Note that publications can also include websites and webpages.

For example: Siri JG, Lindblade KA, Rosen DH, Onyango B, Vulule J, Slutsker L, Wilson ML. Quantitative urban classification for malaria epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa. Malar J. 2008; 7:34.

» Step 1

  1. Identify a specific urban area in the developing world.
  2. Identify one specific public health or health-related problem facing that urban area.
  3. Explain why this is a public health problem.
  4. Support the choice with reference to at least one article.

» Step 2

  1. Determine the magnitude of the problem.
  2. Describe those affected
  3. Support information with reference to at least one article.

» Step 3

  1. Explore the social, physical and other determinants of the problem.
  2. Support the analysis with reference to at least one article.

» Step 4

  1. Discuss at least two alternate solutions, their strengths, and weaknesses.
  2. Support choices with reference to at least one article.

» Step 5

  1. Recommend one solution and defend the choice.
  2. Support the analysis with reference to at least one article.