Background (description of public health emergency including preparedness challenges)
Assessment of Public Health Response (positives and negatives of the public health response)
Summary of Recovery Efforts (provide overview of disaster recovery efforts)
Reference List (scholarly references and governmental sources as appropriate)
GCH 535 Group Collaborative Project Case Study Assignment
For this assignment, you will be assigned to a small workgroup (1 – 2 or 3 – 4 students) and tasked to
select a significant public health emergency (natural disaster, emerging/re-emerging infectious disease
incident, man-made disaster or terrorist-related incident) that occurred domestically in the United
States, or internationally. The collaborative group project will involve a case study of the public health
The group will conduct a case study analysis and develop a report. As a result of the group’s
collaboration, you will submit a case study, which will be a written 5 to 7-page (double spaced) summary
that provides a description of the incident, known preparedness challenges or concerns, and an
assessment of the response and recovery efforts of the local government (state and/or local
jurisdiction). The critique may also consider the response and recovery contributions of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
The report assessment must outline the positives and negatives to the response and propose
recommendations for future response operations, to include preparedness efforts which could help
mitigate against the adverse effects of the public health emergency incident. The narrative must also
include a compare and contrast of the selected incident with a significant public health emergency that
was similar in nature; but, was managed more appropriately.
The case study paper should contain the following, and each item below must be reflected by an
appropriately labeled section header with appropriate narrative content:
1. Title Page (include names of group members)
2. Background (description of public health emergency including preparedness challenges)
3. Assessment of Public Health Response (positives and negatives of the public health response)
4. Compare and Contrast Public Health Emergency (relate to similar emergency and compare)
5. Summary of Recovery Efforts (provide overview of disaster recovery efforts)
6. Recommendations (suggestions to improve/mitigate against adverse effects of the public health
7. Reference List (scholarly references and governmental sources as appropriate)
For this assignment, use peer-reviewed, scholarly articles in addition to the resources provided in the
modules, to support your paper (government documents and sources may also be used/considered).
During Week 2, students will be assigned to a workgroup. At the end of Week 5, a selected group
member will be required to submit the group’s case study topic.
The group will be required to submit only one case study report, with the contributions of each member
incorporated (in one voice) into the manuscript. The group will be required to select an individual group
member to submit the final document. The document must include a reference list for all resources
used in its preparation. This assignment will be due by the end of Week 10, on Sunday, by 11:59 p.m.
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