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HLTB03 Lecture 2

Health Studies
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Michelle Silver

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HLTB03 – Lecture 2
Facts about the human body:
oNormally, a person’s resting heart rate must be in between 60 to 90 beats
per minute
oThis means, on average, your heart beats over 115 000 times each day
oIt takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown
The Assignment:
oDue October 27th
oDescribe 2 common epidemiological health indicators. How does Canada
compare to other industrialized countries on these two indicators. Discuss
the value of these indicators and some of the possible limitations of these
indicators. How might these indicators be used to inform health care
practitioners and how might they be used to inform policy makers?
oResponses should be between 6 to 8 pages (excluding references, cover
page, Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, APA citation style).
Students may not work in groups to answer the assignment. Remember to
submit your paper electronically through the digital drop-box and to
submit a hard copy at the beginning of lecture
Health Policy and The Canadian Health Care System
Health Status
Life expectancy
Infant mortality
oEconomic status
Allows you to have access to private/supplemental services
Allows for easier access to continuing education
Lifestyle vs genetics; having more money allows one to lead a
richer quality of life as they can afford foods without pesticide,
afford non-fast food etc
oUrban vs rural
More risks to life in the latter of life
Women, on average, tend to live longer than men
oWorkplace risks
Worldwide Fertility Rate
oRed areas are where fewer than 2 children are being born per woman
oYellow is where there are 2 children born per woman
oThe number of children that the average woman will have (up until age
44) is most commonly used to calculate fertility rates
o3-4 births per woman are in green
oBlue represents more than 4 births per woman
Canada’s Fertility Rate Over Time
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