Assignment 1: Health and the media

Assignment Instructions

Assignment One: Health and the media

Due: 11:55pm ET Sunday Week 2


The media plays an important role in providing information for the public.  In terms of health, social media, documentaries, and other news sources can provide health education to those without access to health education and information, or supplement the education and information that people have access to.  The purpose of this assignment is for us to examine a health focused documentary, identify the agenda of the filmmakers, evaluate the quality of the sources used in the film, and describe the positive and/or negative role that media can play in health education.

Please see the attached sample assignment for additional guidance. 


Construct a 3-4 page paper that explores each of these three areas:

  1. Identifies a documentary focused on a major health issue
  2. Summarizes the agenda of the documentary, providing sociological relevance
  3. Evaluates the quality and credibility of the sources used in the documentary
  4. Describes the role that popular media, and increased access to documentaries can play in educating the public about major health issues.  Identify both strengths and challenges.

Need documentary ideas?  Here are a few:

Supersize Me, 2004

Sicko, 2007

The Meth Epidemic, 2006

The Deadly Deception, 1993

Sick Around the World, 2008

Generation Rx, 2008

The Business of Being Born, 2008

Food, Inc, 2008

The paper should be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, arial or times new roman 11 pt font, and saved as .doc.  The paper should be in APA format (cover page, running header, major heading, subheadings, in-text citations, and reference list),

Late Policy:

See the Syllabus for the late policy.


Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results.


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