COH 315: Epidemiology

Chronic Disease Report: Develop a 5 page(not including cover and reference page), research paper on the epidemiology of a significant chronic disease or condition. Include distribution, prevalence, risk factors, criteria for causation and preventive measures. Use research and data to support the paper. Use APA form and style.

COH 315: Epidemiology

Paper Rubric

Students are expected to submit a 5 paged research papers of choice. The paper will focus on either a chronic non-communicable disease or a communicable disease that is of great significance in the United States. The paper will focus on the burden of disease/distribution, prevalence and risk factors. Each paper should reflect the application of knowledge and skill, and source credibility. The content encompasses the expression of authenticity with validity and reliability. Scholarly sources are expected to be used and appropriately cited.

PLO: #1. Explain the core principles of public health and their relationship to the health status of groups, communities, and populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Outstanding Achievement

Commendable Achievement

Marginal Achievement Unsatisfactory Achievement

Failing

Significance 20% Student has chosen a disease of great significance in the United States and has presented evidence of high prevalence, high incidence, many years of potential life lost or an epidemic

15% Student has chosen a disease of great significance however has not supported that claim with evidence

10% Students has chosen a disease that is somewhat significant in the United States

5% Student has chosen a disease of minor significance to the United States

0% Student has not focused the presentation on a disease

Burden of Disease/ Distribution and Prevalence

20% Clear explanation of the prevalence, incidence and distribution of the disease by gender, age, ethnicity, income and other important variables

15% Explanation of prevalence and incidence without distribution of disease

10% Identifies only one measure of disease burden

5% Lack of clear explanation of the data being presented

0% Missing

Identifies Risk Factors

25% Includes behavioral, occupational and environmental risk factors. Correctly identifies risk factors. Relies on multiple credible sources.

18.75% Correctly identifies multiple risk factors from one reliable source.

12.5% Identifies limited risk factors

6.25% Incorrectly identifies risk factors

0% Missing

Use of primary and secondary data

10% Correctly identifies and uses primary and secondary data for assessment of the disease.

7.5% Correctly identifies data however uses secondary data only for the assessment

5% Limited identification and use of primary and/or secondary data

2.5% Incorrectly identifies primary and secondary data

0% Missing

Writing Style 20% All sentences are well-constructed with varied structure. All sentences sound natural and are easy- on-the-ear when read aloud. Each sentence is clear and has an obvious emphasis. Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes no errors in capitalization or punctuation, so the paper is exceptionally easy to read. Writer uses vivid words and phrases that linger or draw pictures in the reader’s mind, and the choice and placement of the words seems accurate, natural and not forced.

15% Most sentences are well-constructed with varied structure. Almost all sentences sound natural and are easy-on-the-ear when read aloud, but 1 or 2 are stiff and awkward or difficult to understand. Writer makes few errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes 1 or 2 errors in capitalization or punctuation, but the paper is still easy to read. Writer uses vivid words and phrases that linger or draw pictures in the reader’s mind, but occasionally the words are used inaccurately or seem overdone.

10% Most sentences are well-constructed but have a similar structure. Most sentences sound natural and are easy- on-the-ear when read aloud, but several are stiff and awkward or are difficult to understand. Writer makes some errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes a few errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader’s attention and interrupt the flow. Writer uses words that communicate clearly, but the writing lacks variety, punch or flair.

5% Sentences lack structure and appear incomplete or rambling. The sentences are difficult to read aloud because they sound awkward, are distractingly repetitive, or are difficult to understand. Writer makes many errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Writer makes several errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader’s attention and greatly interrupt the flow. Writer uses a limited vocabulary that does not communicate strongly or capture the reader’s interest. Jargon or cliches may be present and detract from the meaning.

0%

Referencing 5% Citations and references are in proper APA format. Ample sources are cited. All claims are supported with a professional reference.

4% Citations and references are in proper APA format. Ample sources are cited. Some claims leave the reader looking for a reference.

3% Citations and references are in proper APA format. Ample sources are cited. Many claims leave the reader looking for a reference.

2% Citations and references are limited, missing or incorrect.

0% Citations and references are missing or incorrect.

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