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<center><big>[[Public Health]] [[Merit Badge]] requirement resources include the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|Merit Badge Worksheet]] {{PDF}}, <br> links, and cross-references to related [[Merit Badges]] and [[Boy Scout]] [[Awards]].<br>The [[Troop Program Features#Health Care|Troop Health Care Monthly Theme]] includes meeting and activity materials.<br>
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[[Public Health]] is a [[Merit Badges Earned|rare]] [[Merit Badge]] and one of the original merit badges.</big> &nbsp;<span style="border: 1px outset Khaki; background:LemonChiffon;">&nbsp;[[Pottery|<small>◄ </small>Prev]]&nbsp;</span> - <span style="border: 1px outset #FFB; background: #DFC;">&nbsp;[[Public Speaking|Next<small> ►</small>]]&nbsp;</span></center><br>
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|caption= Public Health
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|subject= Public Health
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|status= Elective
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|created= 1911
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|discontinued= N/A
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|requirements revision= 2006
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|pamphlet revision= 2008
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|field= Public Service
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|id= 089
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# This badge is one of the merit badges required to earn one of the [[William T. Hornaday Awards (Boy Scouting)|William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts]].
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* 1: [http://www.whatispublichealth.org/ What is Public Health?]
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* [http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=21429 Vaccinations for Children, Why and When]
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* [http://www.nvic.org/ National Vaccine Information Center] Promoting Informed Consent about Vaccination
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* [http://www.fightthebite.net/publiceducation/whatisavector.php What is a Vector?]

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Public Health Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
The Troop Health Care Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.
Public Health is a rare Merit Badge and one of the original merit badges.
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Public Health requires prior counselor approval for requirements #5 & #7.
Public Health merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 089
Requirements revision: 2006
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents


Public Health requirements

  1. Explain what public health is. Explain how Escherichia colt (E. coli), tetanus, AIDS, encephalitis, salmonellosis, and Lyme disease are contracted. Then, pick any four of the following diseases and explain how each one is contracted: gonorrhea, West Nile virus, botulism, influenza, syphilis, hepatitis, emphysema, meningitis, herpes, lead poisoning. For all 10 diseases, explain the type or form of the disease (viral, bacterial, environmental, toxin), any possible vectors for transmission, ways to help prevent the spread of infection, and available treatments.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Explain the meaning of immunization.
    b. Name five diseases against which a young child should be immunized and two diseases against which everyone should be reimmunized periodically.
    c. Using the diseases you chose for requirement 1, discuss the diseases for which there is currently no treatment or immunization.
  3. Discuss the importance of safe drinking water in terms of the spread of disease. Then, demonstrate two ways for making water safe to drink that can be used while at camp. In your demonstration, explain how dishes and utensils should be washed, dried, and kept sanitary at home and in camp.
  4. Explain what a vector is and how insects and rodents can be controlled in your home, in your community, and at camp. Tell why this is important. In your discussion, explain which vectors can be easily controlled by individuals and which ones require long-term, collective action.
  5. With your parent's and counselor's approval, do ONE of the following:
    a. Visit a municipal wastewater treatment facility OR a solid-waste management operation in your community. Describe how the facility safely treats and disposes of sewage or solid waste. Describe how sewage and solid waste should be disposed of under wilderness camping conditions.
    b. Arrange to meet with the food service manager of a food service facility (such as a restaurant or school cafeteria) and visit this establishment. Observe food preparation, handling, and storage, and learn how the facility keeps foods from becoming contaminated. Find out what conditions allow microorganisms to multiply in food and how conditions can be controlled to help prevent the growth and dissemination of microorganisms. Learn how microorganisms in food can be killed. Discuss what you learned with your counselor.
  6. Do the following:
    a. Describe the health dangers from air, water, and noise pollution.
    b. Describe health dangers from tobacco use and alcohol and drug abuse.
  7. With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit your city, county, or state public health agency. Discuss how the agency addresses the concerns raised in requirements 1 through 6 and how the services provided by this agency affect your family. Then do the following:
    a. Compare the four leading causes of mortality (death) in your community for any of the past five years with the four leading causes of morbidity (incidence of disease) in your community. Explain how the public health agency you visited is trying to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of these leading causes of illness and death.
    b. Explain the role of the health agency you visited related to the outbreak of diseases.
    c. Discuss the kinds of public assistance the agency is able to provide in case of disasters such as floods, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other acts of destruction. Your discussion can include the cleanup necessary after a disaster occurs.
  8. Pick a profession in the public health sector that interests you. Find out the education, training, and experience required to work in this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Public Health is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Public Health requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. This badge is one of the merit badges required to earn one of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.
  2. The BSA Health Care Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Public Health as one of your monthly themes.


Requirement resources


Related awards

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

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