Commonly used epidemiological studies

Reviewing a Published Epidemiologic Study

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Unit outcomes aIDressed in this assignment:

•Identify and describe the types of research design commonly used in epidemiological studies, including ecological, cross-sectional, case -control and cohort
•Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these commonly used epidemiological studies 
•Explain the importance and design of randomized controlled trials
•Describe potential errors in epidemiological studies and their effects, including random error, bias and confounding
•Describe various ethical issues relating to epidemiological study 

Course outcomes assessed/aIDressed in this assignment:

•HS311-1: Describe epidemiological methods and study design.
•GEL-8.2: Use principles of sound reasoning.


For this assignment, you will identify a published epidemiologic study from a peer-reviewed journal. Read the article and prepare an essay that aIDresses the following four sections:
1.Introduction (1-2 paragraphs): Identify the article you selected and provide a brief overview.
2.Study Design (2-3 paragraphs): Identify the study design and describe how it’s used in the research, as presented in the article.
3.Discussion (3-4 paragraphs): Identify at least one strength and one weakness of using this design. Support your analysis with examples from the study. In your discussion, consider how you might aIDress the weakness. Also, identify and explain one ethical issue that could apply to your study.
4.Conclusion (1 paragraph): Conclude your assignment by explaining why you selected this article.


•Your article must be from a peer-reviewed journal. You’re encouraged to use Kaplan library resources.
•This assignment will have a minimum of two full pages, not including title page and reference page. 
•Use APA style for formatting and citations. 
•Submit a copy of your article as part of your assignment.

Please be sure to download the file “Writing Center Resources” from Doc Sharing to assist you with meeting APA expectations for written assignments.

Submitting Your Work

Put your responses in a Microsoft® Word® document. Save it in a location and with the proper naming convention: username-HS311-section-Unit 4_Assignment.doc (username is your Kaplan username, section is your course section). When you are ready to submit it, go to the Dropbox and complete the steps below:
1.Click the link “Submit an Assignment.”
2.In the “Submit to Basket” menu, select Unit 4: Assignment.
3.In the “Comments” field, make sure to aID at least the title of your paper.
4.Click the “AID Attachments” button.
5.Follow the steps listed to attach your Word document.

To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor has evaluated it. Make sure that you save a copy of your submitted project. 

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