Measuring Health and Disease

Measuring Health and Disease

A Multistate Outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7

Please answer these questions:

1.What are the advantages and disadvantages of the case definition?

2.Describe and compare the age and gender distribution of E. coli O157:H7 cases from this outbreak and those reported from U.S. FoodNet sites in 1997.

3.What kinds of questions would you ask in the hypothesis-generating interviews?

4. Given your knowledge about E. coli O157:H7, the descriptive epidemiology of the initial cases, and the results of hypothesis-generating interviews, outline the information available at this point on the source of the outbreak and mode of transmission

SLP Assignment Expectations

Length: SLP assignments should be at least 2 pages (500 words) in length.

References: At least two references must be included from academic sources (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (APA format recommended).

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question

Format: APA format is recommended for this assignment. See Syllabus page for more information on APA format.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted, assignments are expected to adhere to standards guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.

The following items will be assessed in particular:

•Achievement of learning objectives for SLP assignment

• Relevance (e.g. all content is connected to the question)

• Precision (e.g. specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate).

• Depth of discussion (e.g. present and integrate points that lead to deeper issues)

•Breadth (e.g. multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered)

• Evidence (e.g. points are well-supported with facts, statistics and references)

• Logic (e.g. presented discussion makes sense, conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information)

• Clarity (e.g. writing is concise, understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples)

• Objectivity (e.g. avoid use of first person and subjective bias)