Health Risk Behavior Slide Presentation and Handout

Required Readings
Battle, C. U. (2009). Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Guide for the Study of Pathophysiology. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
•       Chapter 8, “Behavioral Determinants of Health” (pp. 79–86)
•       Chapter 9, “Understanding Nutrition for the Public’s Health” (pp. 91–117)
•       Chapter 10, “The Nutrition Transition: Changes in Eating Patterns and the Relationship to Chronic Illness” (pp. 125–158)
•       Chapter 11, “Exercise: The Vaccine and Antidote for Obesity” (pp. 165–173)
•       Chapter 12, “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Lifespan Perspective” (pp. 177–185)
•       Chapter 13, “Smoking, Nicotine, and Addiction: Tobacco or Health?” (pp. 189–195)
•       Chapter 14, “Pathophysiology of Injury: Why Gravity is Your Enemy” (pp. 199–209)
•       Chapter 15, “Oral Health: The Neglected Epidemic in Public Health” (pp. 213–220)

Document: Student Guide for Integrating Media in the Classroom (Kaltura) (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC), (2017). Visual Communication Resources. Retrieved from

National Institutes for Health (NIH). (n.d.). Clear Communication. Retrieved from:

Assignment/Discussion: Health Risk Behavior Slide Presentation and Handout
There are two parts to this assignment. The Assignment is completed first and then posted to the Discussion Board for a peer review discussion.
Note: This assignment has audio/visual related components. Students who are registered with Disability Services and need an alternative assignment should work with the Disability Services office and notify the instructor at term start to make alternative arrangements.

Examples of risky behavior may include smoking, alcohol consumption, unprotected sexual behavior, and drug abuse. Understanding risk behaviors is integral to prevention, education, and policy making activities. It is important for a public health professional to be able to apply critical thinking and evidence based scientific principles to educational activities and outreach for risk behaviors as well as to be able to effectively communicate audience-appropriate public health content both in writing and through oral presentation.
Slide presentations are used to efficiently and effectively communicate a message to a target audience in a short period of time. A slide presentation made using your webcam or other means to capture the audio/oral portion of your presentation (narration) is more effective than just a slide presentation without any narration and will help you better connect with your audience and verbally flesh out the slides.

For this Assignment, you create a narrated oral slide presentation and a written one-page handout to educate a population about a health risk behavior that your research has indicated impacts that population. To help you communicate clearly with your target audience, you will be expected to review and utilize relevant sections from the NIH Clear Communication website that was introduced in Module 1.

For the second part of the Assignment, the slide presentation, transcript and handout are posted to the Discussion board for peer review.  This is an opportunity to learn from each other and give and receive feedback on what worked and what did not work so well, taking into account what you learned from the NIH Clear Communication initiative on how to effectively communicate audience-appropriate information.
Review the instructions for using Kaltura and check with your Instructor if you have any questions. Review the Learning Resources for this module and research your topic of choice. Be sure to determine that the population you chose is significantly impacted by the particular risky behavior you chose, in order to prepare a realistic slide presentation and handout to educate this specific audience.

Part of being a public health professional is to be able to effectively communicate audience appropriate public health information. One of the best ways to learn how to be an effective communicator is to practice giving and receiving feedback. In this module, the Discussion revolves around a peer review process of giving and receiving feedback on your narrated slide presentation and handout. Remember to be constructive. Explain what you noticed in a helpful way and be honest, but polite, in your feedback. When you provide your feedback, consider what you learned from the NIH Clear Communication initiative on effectively communicating to a target audience. Be open to feedback on your own work.

To prepare for this assignment and discussion:
•       Choose a health risk behavior, for example, alcohol abuse, tobacco or other drug use, poor dental hygiene, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, etc. Select your health risk behavior and a target audience that is clearly impacted by this behavior.
•       Your presentation should be approximately 10–15 slides, not including references. Your oral narration should be approximately one minute per slide, so a 15 slide presentation should last about 15 minutes.
•       It is highly recommended that you first create your slides in PowerPoint. Once they are finalized, use the Kaltura CaptureSpace tool to record your narration. CaptureSpace is a tool that will allow you to upload your finished presentation and will record your narration (webcam optional). Refer to these detailed CaptureSpace instructions for guidance on how to install and use CaptureSpace.
•       Your one-page handout will be on this same topic, for this same audience. Handouts are an effective way to quickly and easily communicate information to people that did not attend the presentation as well for those that did attend but that want to review what they learned at a later time.  The handout may NOT be a print out of your slides onto one page. The handout must be a unique one-page document that clearly summarizes the key points of your presentation and utilizes the recommendations of the NIH Clear Communication initiative for creating effective communication materials. A handout can be created in a variety of formats using word processing or slide presentation software.

Presentation and Handout Tips:
•       Read through the NIH Clear Communication website including the sections on Health Literacy, Clear & Simple, Cultural Respect, Language Access, Plain Language, and Science, Health and Public Trust.
Note: Not all of aspects of the NIH Clear Communication initiative will be applicable to this assignment. Use those that are applicable to create a presentation and handout that will most effectively communicate with your target audience.
•       See the resources on creating effective slide presentations and copyright basics.
•       If you use any images, be sure they are public domain or your own and be aware of copyright laws. Be cognizant of slide quality and clarity. Too many pictures can clutter up slides or handout and detract from the message.
•       The transcript is important to include in case your viewers have trouble getting the narration to work. It may be simplest to write out your narration transcript first, then record your narration, and then go back and edit the narration transcript to capture what you actually said.

Part 1: Narrated Slide Presentation, Transcript, and Handout

By 12Jun2020
Post a placeholder in the Discussion board to alert your colleagues to your choice of behavior and audience, as noted in the Discussion instructions. Try to choose a topic and audience combination that is different from what others chose in order to facilitate a broader range of topics. The instructor reserves the right to ask for a different topic choice, if they are not deemed sufficiently unique and appropriate.

By 19Jun2020
Submit your completed presentation, handout, and transcript to the Module 2 Assignment folder for grading. To effectively educate your target audience about the topic you chose, your presentation must include the following:
•       An appropriate title slide, with name, date, course and section, title, and underneath the title, a “prepared for X audience” statement
•       A slide providing key points for what the audience will learn from the presentation
•       A slide listing the important health related consequences of the behavior
•       1–3 slides to explain the pathophysiology of one important health related consequence from the prior slide
•       1–3 slides to explain the pathophysiology of a second important health consequence from your list
•       1–2 slides with data on morbidity and/or mortality rates for the health consequences identified
•       1–3 slides on prevention strategies that would be useful to your target audience
•       A slide with a final take home message
•       A final slide set with references—properly alphabetized and in APA format (Note: Use as many slides as are needed for readability.)
•       In-text citations, when needed, to show what information came from which reference (Note: References may be placed in small font at the bottom of each slide where they were used, but you still need to have the final slides with all of the listed references.)
•       A written transcript of your narration in a separate Word document also to be posted to the Discussion board.
•       A handout of the same topic in a separate Word document also to be posted to the Discussion board. The handout must include the following:
o       Same title as the presentation
o       Key points from the presentation
o       Health risk consequences
o       Prevention strategies/ A call to action
o       References, references may be on a separate page


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