Gastro-Intestinal Diseases in Man- CampsSource: Katherine M. Keyes and Sandro Galea, Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundations (2014)
General description

The purpose of the semester project is to apply the seven steps for conducting an epidemiological study, that you are learning in this course, to develop your own research plan. These steps include a plan for: 1) Identifying a population of interest; 2) Measuring exposure and health/safety indicators; 3) Taking a sample; 4) Estimating measures of association between exposures and health/safety indicators; 5) Rigorously evaluating the associations for internal validity; 6) Assessing the evidence for causes working together; and 7) Assessing the external validity of epidemiological study results.

In this exercise, each student will write up a research plan for an epidemiologic study. You will conduct in-depth literature research and will complete a study design on a topic regarding an occupational/environmental health/safety issue of your choice. You will submit it as an MS Word file to D2L-Dropbox-Semester Project. You also need to read several classmates’ study designs and provide constructive feedback and reviews. Grading will be based on the items in the SEMESTER PROJECT GRADING RUBRIC.

Required contents

1. Title of semester project

The topic should include an occupational/environmental health/safety exposure factor/hazard and a health/safety outcome in a specific environment/population.

Examples:
• Age effects in adult lifetime asthma prevalence in California
• Deployment, combat, and risk of multiple physical symptoms in the US military
• Birth weight, fetal growth, and risk of pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma in California