Writing samples: Health

The following section includes annotated samples of responses to exam questions - as well as strategies for answering questions based on the command terms. The responses are not from the IB.  They are based on work done in-class by students, or they are created specifically for the site. Often the sample is designed to provide examples of common mistakes or in order to show something that should be done for higher marks. 

There is no definitive list of questions for this curriculum - so the list of potential questions below is not exhaustive.  However, I do believe that most of the questions will fall within the list that has been provided below. Remember that there are no SAQs on Paper 2.

For the ERQ responses, students will need to include two or more pieces of research.

Potential exam questions: Determinants of health

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss ethical considerations in the study of determinants of health.
  • Discuss approaches to research used to study determinants of health.

Content only

  • Discuss the biopsychosocial model of well being.
  • Discuss the role of dispositional factors in health behaviour.
  • Discuss the role of health beliefs in health behaviour.
  • Discuss the role of protective and risk factors in health.
  • Discuss research on the role of protective (or risk) factors in health.

Potential exam questions: Health problems

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss a biological approach to understanding one health problem.
  • Discuss a cognitive approach to understanding one health problem.
  • Discuss a sociocultural approach to understanding one health problem.
  • Discuss ethical considerations in the study of one health problem.
  • Discuss approaches to research used to understand one health problem.

Content only

  • Discuss one explanation of one health problem.
  • Discuss the prevalence of rates of health problems.

Potential exam questions: Health promotion

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss a cognitive approach to promoting health.
  • Discuss a sociocultural approach to promoting health.
  • Discuss ethical considerations to promoting health.
  • Discuss approaches to research used to understand the promotion of health.

Content only

  • Discuss one theory of health promotion.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of one health promotion program.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of health promotion programs.
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