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Public Health

Public Health merit badge requirements from ? to 1996:

  1. Visit your city, county, or state public health agency. Prepare an outline of its various services and:
    1. Explain them briefly to your counselor.
    2. Explain how these affect you.
    3. Find out the four leading causes of death (mortality) in the United States for any one of the past 5 years. Compare these with the four leading causes of hospital admissions (morbidity) in the United States. Find out how the public health agency you visited is involved in trying to reduce both the mortality and morbidity of these leading causes of illness and disability.
    4. Tell about three professions of the people providing these services.
  2. Explain how the following diseases are contracted: tetanus, influenza, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, trichinosis, emphysema, encephalitis, salmonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, mushroom poisoning, lead poisoning.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Explain the meaning of immunization.
    2. Name five diseases against which a baby should be immunized.
    3. Name two diseases against which you should be immunized.
  4. Explain:
    1. How foods can become contaminated.
    2. What conditions allow microorganisms to increase in number in food.
    3. How microorganisms in food can be killed.
    4. How dishes and utensils should be washed in camp and at home.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Show two ways of making water safe to drink under camping conditions.
    2. Describe the steps used in making public drinking water safe.
  6. Do the following:
    1. Explain how household insects and rodents can be controlled in your home, community, and camp.
    2. Describe a system by which sewage can be safely disposed of from housing in cities, from houses in rural areas, and under primitive camping conditions.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Describe the health dangers from air, water, and noise pollution.
    2. Describe health dangers from tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse.

Requirements: ? - 1996 1996 - current
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