Health Research Paper
You will be researching an historical figure in the public health world, their contribution to public health, and how their
work helped shape the public health system. Furthermore, you will be analyzing how their contribution from the past
continues to contribute to today’s public health system and how it might guide future work within the industry.
Follow this outline to help formulate your paper or presentation:
ACTION: Write a paper about this historical figure and their associated public health topic
Franklin D. Roosevelt/Health care administration
ACTION: Research the individual’s background
GRADED ELEMENT: Describe your selected person’s biographical background (i.e. experience).
HELP: This can include resume elements such as birthdate, location, education, and brief statement of their
contribution to public health. (Reminder: biographical information can be easily plagiarized.
ACTION: Research the barriers and issue of the time
GRADED ELEMENT: Analyze the climate of the time period in terms of political, socioeconomic, environmental and
technological context in which this person worked
HELP: Think about whether this person was up against resistance or was their work welcomed. [For example, if you
were writing on Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, you would note that slavery was prevalent and
accepted at the time and the change was welcomed by some and rejected by others]
GRADED ELEMENT: Examine the personal beliefs of your person that prompted this work.
HELP: You are basically addressing the question: “Why did this person get involved with the issue at the time?” [In
continuing the Lincoln example above, you would note that black people were considered property, not people; yet
Lincoln believed everyone had equal rights regardless of skin color].
ACTION: Think about how this person overcame the barriers and issues
GRADED ELEMENT: Examine how this individual overcame and/or confronted any adversities to succeed in his/her
HELP: Questions to consider: What did the person specifically do? Did they have any allies? How did their actions
ACTION: Think about the importance of the contribution to community/public health at the time
GRADED ELEMENT: Describe the final outcome of this individual’s contribution to community and/or public health
HELP: Think about this question: What occurred as a result of this person’s action?
GRADED ELEMENT: Explain what his/her contribution did for overall community and/or public health at the time
HELP: Think about this question: What was the purpose for the community and/or nation? [In the Lincoln example,
the explanation would involve a national recognition of human rights of all people, regardless of skin color]
GRADED ELEMENT: Explain why this contribution was so important at that particular point in history
HELP: Think about this question: What made this important for our nation? [In the Lincoln example, you would
answer the question: Why was it so important that Lincoln freed the slaves?]
Health Research Paper