Epidemiologists are health professionals who study of the distribution of diseases in populations and of factors that influence the occurrence of disease. They attempt to determine who is prone to a particular disease; where risk of the disease is highest; when the disease is most likely to occur and its trends over time; what exposure its victims have in common; how much the risk is increased through exposure; and how many cases of the disease could be avoided by eliminating the exposure. Your job as an epidemiologist is to prepare an information sheet or brochure on a specific disease. It needs to include the following items:
Disease Project Rubric
Category Introduction Scoring Criteria An introduction that provides a brief description of the disease. The introduction should also include information about the scientists who discovered the disease and the time period in which the discovery was made. . Describe the physical symptoms associated with this disease – what are the initial signs and symptoms of the disease; do new symptoms develop; are there specific tests for the disease; what is the prognosis; are certain individuals more susceptible? Can the disease come back? Explain what causes the disease – bacteria, virus, fungi, or protist. Give the genus and species or viral name. Explain how the disease is transmitted - person to person, direct or indirect contact, etc. Explain methods used to relieve symptoms - be sure to consider all aspects of treatment including medication, rest, etc. Is this disease curable? How is this disease treated? Are there alternative medicines? How can you prevent this disease? Is there a vaccine for the disease? If yes, what type of vaccine is it? What is the recommended schedule of vaccination for this disease? Are booster shots required? Are there any side effects? Your information should come from at least three different sources - books, the Internet, newspaper, etc. Sources should be properly cited using the MLA style. Does this project format display any form of creativity? Points 10 Teacher Evaluation
Cause of Disease Transmission Treatment
10 10 10
Appearance & Timeliness
This project is due ******.
Helpful websites: Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/ World Health Organization http://www.who.int/topics/infectious_diseases/en/