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EPID 4070 Group Project

EPID 4070 Group Project

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EPID 4070Fundamentals of EpidemiologyGroup ProjectDescription
To gain more in-depth knowledge of a public health problem and to familiarize students withvarious sources of data, students will be working groups of five or six to study a specific healthtopic of their choosing. Using descriptive epidemiology, students will:
gain experience in describing and analyzing the distribution of a health disorder in apopulation or the relation of a specific exposure to a health outcome
become familiar with various sources of data for the epidemiologic description of ahealth disorder 
enhance their ability to make sound epidemiologic judgments related to public healthproblemExamples of health problems or disease that might be studied are found in Exhibit 5-4. Additionally, Exhibit 5-1 has resources and that may be helpful in finding information. Sourcesof data can include:
morbidity and mortality reports (vital statistics): World health Organization andinternational reports; U.S. federal, state, and local annual and periodic reports
current literature on the selected health problem
reports of special surveys
Report and Presentation
Students will present their findings in a written report in addition to an oral presentation. Thereport will be 10-pages typed with 1-inch margins.
All reports will be due Tuesday, April 28,2009
. A model for the organization of the paper can be found on page 202 of the textbook, butthe report should include:
a definition of the problem
the agent/condition (if applicable)
the description of the sources of data available on the topic
summary of the data available on the topic (using graphs, tables, etc as needed)
host characteristics
environmental attributes
additional characteristics
current hypotheses explaining the problem
future research endeavors
critical appraisal of the problem and data available (your thoughts on the topic as awhole)The presentations should be 10-15 minutes long and should address the points mentioned inthe report. Presenters should be prepared to answer possible questions at the end of thepresentation. All members of the groups must contribute to both the report and presentation.Since this undoubtedly the first of many professional presentations you will make, it is expectedthat you will present yourselves as professionals in both your conduct and appearance.

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