This branch deals with the social, economic, and public health aspects of medicine. The more medical side of health care reform issues winds up here as does the medical effects of assorted public policies. This is also the area for epidemiology.
School lunch nutrition: Does it encourage good eating habits, childhood obesity, or both? (This could be an education topic too.)
What are the health risks associated with cell phone usage (Note: this is not that easy a topic to research)?
What are the measures used to halt the spread of malaria?
What is morgellons and do illegal aliens spread it in the United States?
Why and how does drug resistant tuberculosis spread?
How does drug resistant staphylococcus spread in the community?
Discuss the ethics of inserting multiple embryos during in-vitro fertilization.
Are too many men tested for prostate cancer and if so why? (Tough topic)
Discuss the ethics of selective reduction in a multiple pregnancy.
What is the possibility that illegal aliens have brought the swine flu to the United States?
Why does Mexico currently (May 1, 2009) have a higher death rate from the swine flu than the United States?
What efforts have been made to create a swine flu vaccine and will one be ready by October of 2009?
Why is there a shortage of primary care physicians in the United States, or is there a shortage?
Does flu vaccine (either seasonal or H1N1) reach the right people?
Discuss the reasons behind delaying mammograms until age 50 (This is recent news)?