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  Evaluation of Epidemiological Problem

Guidelines & Grading Rubric

Purpose

The purpose of this
assignment is to

  • Provide
    learners with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned
    throughout this course
  • Directly
    apply principles and knowledge learned in the course to problem solving of
    population health problems in their own geographic areas.

Course
Outcomes

This assignment enables
the student to meet the following course outcomes:

1. 
Define key terms in epidemiology,
community health, and population-based research.

2. 
Compare study designs used for
obtaining population health information from surveillance, observation,
community, and control trial based research.

3. 
Identify appropriate outcome measures
and study designs applicable to epidemiological subfields such as infectious
disease, chronic disease, environmental exposures, reproductive health, and
genetics.

4. 
Apply commonly used measures of health
risk.

5. 
Examine current ethical/legal issues in
epidemiology.

6. 
Identify important sources of
epidemiological data.

7. 
Evaluate a public health problem in
terms of magnitude, person, time, and place.

Due Date

Submit to Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. MT
Sunday of Week 6

Total
Points Possible: 200

Requirements

This paper
should clearly and comprehensively identify the disease or population health
problem chosen. The problem must be an issue in your geographic area and a
concern for the population you will serve upon graduation with your degree. The
paper should be organized into the following sections:

1. 
Introduction
with a clear presentation of the problem as well as significance and a
scholarly overview of the paper.

2. 
Background
of the disease including definition, description, signs and symptoms, and
current incidence and/or prevalence statistics current state, local, and
national statistics pertaining to the disease. (Include a table of incidence or
prevalence rates by your geographic county, state, and national statistics.)

3. 
A
review of current surveillance methods and any mandated reporting or methods
for reporting the disease for providers.

4. 
Conduct
descriptive epidemiology analysis of the disease including who is more
frequently affected and characteristics of the population that might help in
creating a prevention plan. Include costs (both financial and social)
associated with the disease or problem.

5. 
Review
how the disease is diagnosed, current national standards for screening or
prevention, and pick one screening test and review its sensitivity,
specificity, positive predictive value, cost and any current national
guidelines for conducting which patients to conduct this test on.

6. 
Provide
a brief plan of how you will address this epidemiological disease in your practice
once you are finished with school. 
Provide three actions you will take along with how you will measure
outcomes of your actions.

7. 
Conclude
in a clear manner with a brief overview of key points of the entire disease,

Preparing
the Paper

· 
Page
length: 7-10 pages, excluding title/cover page

· 
APA
format 6th edition

· 
Include
references when necessary. 

· 
Include
at least one table to present information somewhere in the paper.

Directions
and Grading Criteria

Category

Points

Possible

Points Earned

Comments

Scholarly Introduction (clear presentation of
problem)

20

Background and significance of the disease
(includes incidence or prevalence statistics)

30

Current surveillance methods

30

Descriptive epidemiological analysis (includes
characteristics of the at-risk population and/or those affected by the
disease and costs of the disease)

30

Screening and diagnosis (includes review of
current guidelines for screening and diagnosis of the disease. In-depth
review of statistics one screening or diagnostic test provided)

30

Plan of action (includes at least three evidenced
based actions, supported by literature, that the student will take in their
own practice and how outcomes will be measured)

30

Conclusion

20

Mechanics of writing, APA

10

Total

 200

Total Points earned = 

 

A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the criteria
requirements.

 

Grading
Rubric

Assignment Criteria

A

(100 – 92%)

Outstanding
or highest level of performance

B

(91-84%)

Very good or
high level of performance

C

(83-76%)

Competent or
satisfactory level of performance

F

(75-0%)

Poor or
failing or unsatisfactory level of performance

Identification of the
problem/concern

20-18 Points

17 Points

16-15 Points

14-0 Points

Comprehensively identifies the
problem/concern

Adequately identifies the
problem/concern

Identification of problem/concern is
unclear or limited

Identification of problem/concern is
absent

Background and significance of
the disease (includes incidence or prevalence statistics)

30-28 Points

27-25 Points

24-23 Points

22-0 Points

Background is
complete, presents risks, disease impact and includes a review of incidence
and prevalence of the disease within the student’s local area, state, and
nationally. Evidence supports background.

Background is
complete, presents risk, disease impact and at least one set of incidence and
prevalence statistics are presented and supported by evidence.

Background
missing one or more key points and at least one set of incidence and
prevalence statistics are presented. Lack of evidence or limited presentation
of the background.

Background
missing more than one key point and at least one set of incidence and
prevalence statistics are presented, or there is no supported evidence.
Unclear conclusions or presentation.

Current surveillance methods

30-28 Points

27-25 Points

24-23 Points

22-0 Points

Current
local, state, and national disease surveillance methods are reviewed,
currently gathered types of statistics, and information on whether the
disease is mandated for reporting, supported by evidence

More than one
local, state, and national disease surveillance methods are reviewed,
currently gathered types of statistics, and information on whether the disease
is mandated for reporting, supported by evidence

One of either
local, state, and national disease surveillance methods are reviewed,
currently gathered types of statistics, and information on whether the
disease is mandated for reporting, supported by evidence

One of either
local, state, and national disease surveillance methods are reviewed,
currently gathered types of statistics, or only information on whether the
disease is mandated for reporting, or evidence is lacking to support this
area. Unclear conclusions or presentation.

Descriptive epidemiological
analysis (includes characteristics of the at-risk population and/or those
affected by the disease and costs of the disease)

30-28 Points

27-25 Points

24-23 Points

22-0 Points

Comprehensive
review and analysis of descriptive epidemiological points of the identified
disease and population most at risk, supported by scholarly evidence.

Adequate
review with some analysis of descriptive epidemiological points of the
identified disease and population most at risk supported by scholarly
evidence.

Limited
review and analysis of key descriptive epidemiological points of the
identified disease and at-risk
population.

Minimal or
unclear analysis of key descriptive epidemiological points of the identified
disease and at-risk population.

Screening and diagnosis
(includes review of current guidelines for screening and diagnosis of the
disease. In-depth review of statistics one screening or diagnostic test
provided)

30-28 Points

27-25 Points

24-23 Points

22-0 Points

Comprehensive
review of current guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and statistics related
to validity, predictive value, and reliability of screening tests is
presented.

Adequate
review of guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and statistics related to
validity, predictive value, and reliability of screening tests is presented.

Limited
review of guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and statistics related to
validity, predictive value, and reliability of screening tests.

Minimal or
unclear review of guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and statistics related
to validity, predictive value, and reliability of screening tests.

Plan of action (includes at
least three evidenced based actions, supported by literature, that the
student will take in their own practice and how outcomes will be measured)

30-28 Points

27-25 Points

24-23 Points

22-0 Points

A
comprehensive plan of action specific to the student’s interests, the
problem, and the geographic area is presented with 3 evidenced based actions
that will be taken to address the impact, outcomes, or prevalence of the
disease.

An adequate,
but not fully comprehensive, plan of action specific to the student’s
interests, the problem, and the geographic area is presented with 3 evidenced
based actions that will be taken to address the impact, outcomes, or
prevalence of the disease.

A limited
plan of action specific to the student’s interests, the problem, and the
geographic area is, outcomes, or prevalence of the disease. Three actions are
presented with limited or little evidence.

Actions are
minimal or unclear, or lack specificity to geographic area, are not supported
directly by evidence or are not direct actions the student can take in
practice.

Conclusion

20-18 Points

17 Points

16-15 Points

14-0 Points

The
conclusion thoroughly, clearly, succinctly, and logically presents major
points of the paper with clear direction for action.

The
conclusion adequately and logically presents major points of the paper with
clear direction for action, but lacks one major point or is not succinct.

The
conclusion is a limited review of key points of the paper, is not succinct,
or lacks one or more major points of the paper or clear direction for action.

Conclusion is
unclear or significantly limited in overview of the paper.

Grammar, Spelling, APA

10-9 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6-0 Points

Grammar, APA
and spelling correct with minimal errors

Two to three
errors in APA, grammar, spelling, and syntax and/or citations are missing

Four to six
errors in APA, grammar, spelling and syntax and/or citations are missing

Seven or more
errors in APA, grammar, spelling and syntax and/or citations are missing

Total Points Possible =  200 points 

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