Assignment 2: Discussion—Role of Government

Public health is an essential function of the government on a par with, and for reasons similar to, national defense and law enforcement. Specific public health needs, such as sanitation systems and clean water, cannot be met by individuals acting alone. The government is required to organize community efforts as well as compel cooperation when necessary; otherwise, individuals would be free to benefit from, but not contribute to, the resulting public good.

Considering the above, respond to the following:

  • What are the key roles for government in serving the public’s health? Why?

Give examples and reasons in support of your responses.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words.

Respond to the question using the lessons and vocabulary found in the readings. Support your answers with examples and research. Your responses should clarify your understanding of the topic. They should be your own, original, and free from plagiarism. Follow the APA format for writing style, spelling and grammar, and citation of sources.