ihp330_final_project_guidelines_and_rubric

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IHP 330 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric Overview Epidemiology is the science that allows public health practitioners to study the patterns, causes, and effects of health conditions in defined populations. Public health practitioners rely on epidemiology to understand the risk and protective factors associated with health conditions and to identify health disparities and specific populations at risk for disease. Its studies inform the development of public health policy and targeted interventions to prevent disease and reduce health disparities. For your final project, you will have the opportunity to apply epidemiology practices to address a public health issue of your choosing. You will select a recent public health issue from the following list to explore using an epidemiological focus: Obesity Cervical cancer/human papillomavirus (HPV) Meningitis Tuberculosis Salmonella Assuming the role of an epidemiologist working on a team, you will write part of the team’s project proposal to address a pub lic health issue, using your epidemiological perspective. Your report to the team of healthcare professionals will consist of a brief background, a study question and hypothesis, the epidemiology study design you have chosen, potential limitations, a discussion of potential interventions, a conclusion, and scientific references. The final project for this course is the creation of a project proposal consult . The project is divided into three milestones , which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three, Five, and Six. The final project will be submitted in Module Seven. In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes: Develop testable epidemiological hypotheses to examine patterns and trends associated with public health issues Analyze the social and behavioral determinants for their relation to healthcare disparities within specific populations Select appropriate epidemiological research designs for identifying the patterns, causes, and effects of health conditions within specific populations Develop strategies informed by epidemiological practices for addressing health issues for people in their communities
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Prompt As the epidemiologist working on this project proposal, you will be required to define the public health issue, including aspects of the issue that are of concern for a particular population. You will need to provide details on the patterns of the issue, its risk and protective factors, and the disparities associated with that condition in a specific community or population in order to help your team elicit buy-in for its project proposal. To guide your study, you will identify a research question and testable hypothesis related to a disparity or concern and then decide which epidemiologic study design best addresses this.
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