Group Project Assignment and Group Project Discussion Thread

Project Overview

The group project will span all five weeks of the course. Weekly group assignments will culminate with the submission of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation of 15 to 20 slides (excluding title, abstract, and reference slides) on the topic selected. For this group project, you and your classmates will learn about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) first responders to public health emergencies called Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers. They are also called Boots-on-the-Ground Disease Detectives or Disease Detectives. Similar to paramedics responding to a medical emergency or law enforcement to a crime scene, Disease Detectives investigate mysterious outbreaks in the field and combine their investigations with laboratory studies to form the foundation of epidemiological strategies.


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Day 1–2

  • The course instructor will divide the class into groups consisting of 3–5 students (depending on the size of the class). Your individual group assignment will be posted by the end of the week in the Group Project Discussion thread. Your specific group name will be the same for this thread as well as the Doc Sharing area of your course.
  • The Group Project Discussion thread is the place where all communication between you, your classmates and instructor will occur for the group project. This is also the thread that will be used by the instructor throughout the course to assess the quality and quantity of individual students’ participation in the group work process.
  • As is possible in the work environment, group members may change and adjustments will be made as necessary. Your grade will not be affected by the addition or deletion of classmates to your group.

Days 1–5

  • Review CDC’s Boots-on-the-Ground Disease Detectives site Epidemic Intelligence Service
  • Review CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Epidemic Intelligence Service
  • Review CDC’s Current Outbreak List CDC Current OUtbreak List
  • After review of the links above, post discussions in your group’s specific Group Project Discussion thread and select two (2) topics from the CDC’s Current Outbreak List, linked above, that your team would like to investigate. For example, if you are in Group XYZ, post only in that thread. Your discussion comments should be substantive and collaborative, demonstrating your participation in the selection of two (2) possible topics. Select two topics, since your first choice may have already been selected.

Day 6

  • Each group will choose their group leader, and the group leader will post this information to the group’s specific Group Project Discussion thread for instructor approval. The group leader will include the following, one for each of the (2) topics their group would like to investigate:
    • Disease name: For example, Ebola (specifically, Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever)
    • Summary statement: For example, Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by Ebola virus, with signs and symptoms including (etc.)
    • Significance/Relevance: For example, Recently there have been devastating outbreaks in East Africa, specifically Sierra Leone and Liberia, causing serious public health crises (etc.)

Day 7

The instructor will post the approved topic for each group by the end of the week to the Group Project Discussion thread for all students to see. This will ensure that the same topic is not presented by two different groups.

Submission Details:

  • Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

 Week 1 Discussion

Discussion Topic  Due March 25 at 11:59 PM

The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of week.

Epidemic, Endemic, and Pandemic Occurrence of Disease(s)

One aspect of epidemiology is the study of the epidemic, endemic, and pandemic occurrence of disease(s). Some critics may argue diseases and conditions such as bird flu are endemic in many countries, and some may argue human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS is a series of epidemics.

Using the South University Online Library or the Internet, research about the various epidemic, endemic, and pandemic occurrence of disease(s).

Based on your research and understanding, answer the following questions:

  • At what point does a disease become an epidemic, endemic, or pandemic? What are the parameters that define each of these states of a disease’s effect?
  • Do you agree that bird flu, HIV, or AIDS could be described as a series of epidemics? Why or why not?
  • Should we study epidemiology and disease control as a complement to the provision of healthcare services? Why or why not?
  • Disease control has evolved since the discoveries and achievements of these epidemiological pioneers— Hippocrates, John Snow, Pasteur, and Koch. Explain the impact of at least one major historical contribution on the current status of epidemiological practices. How can history potentially shape and impact our future work in public health and clinical medicine? Explain.

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Week 2 Discussion

Discussion Topic

Task: Reply to this topic Due August 26 at 11:59 PMThe discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.
For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of week.


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Passive Surveillance
For the most part, providers, including physicians and laboratories, are required by state laws to report health conditions. For some communicable diseases, this type of passive surveillance of notifiable diseases helps identify outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, and possible bioterrorism.
Using the South University Online Library or the Internet, review priorities in chronic disease prevention and control. Based on your research and understanding, answer the following questions:
Has the focus on disease prevention and health promotion shifted from infectious diseases to chronic diseases? Why or why not?
Will a diversion in focus from infectious to chronic diseases leave the United States and other parts of the world at greater risk for pandemics or bioterrorism? Why or why not?
How do risk factors and prevention strategies differ from infectious and chronic diseases?
When thinking about chronic diseases, how do you perceive the purpose and utility of passive surveillance as an epidemiological tool? Explain with an example of a chronic disease surveillance system. Would you advocate the reporting of select chronic conditions? Why? Give reasons for your answer.

Week 3 group project

Group Project

Using the South University Online Library or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website Centers for Disease Control ans Prevention research and locate data charts and tables relating to the statistical findings and Epidemiological Study of the group selected topic. Each CDC featured outbreak includes Highlights, At- A- Glance, and Epi Curves to assist with the collection of this research. As a group and based on this research, determine the data to use from these sites and agree upon each  assigned task(s).

By the due date assigned, complete 1–3 slides and post to your group’s specific Week 3 Group Project submission folder. Submit references on a separate slide, citing all sources using APA format.

As a member of the group, your assigned tasks may include:individual’s

  • A brief summary of your research and findings including laboratory information and data.
  • A description of the data in terms of person, place, and time.
  • A description of the potential problems relating to the completeness and quality of data.
  • A description of how the potential problems can influence the way you use data to explain the public health impact of the outbreak.

Submission Details:

  • Submit your assigned portion of the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation by the due date assigned, to the group’s specific Week 3 Group Project submission folder and title it SU_HSC4010_W3_A2_LastName_W3 PP slides_Group name.pptx.
  • Support your portion of the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with data tables and charts cited in APA format

Week 4 Group Project

Assignment  Due September 13 at 11:59 PMGroup Project
Days 1–6
Review, edit, and combine all of the individual Microsoft PowerPoint slides submitted from Weeks 2 and 3 into one 15- to 20-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, based on the feedback received in your specific group’s Group Project Discussion thread. Discuss how the slides can be combined to create a factually accurate, concise, and interesting presentation. Structure the slides in a format that provides unity and visual appeal. Include relevant information (not found on each slide) in the Notes section. Determine who will narrate the slides. Proofread the final presentation, and correct any spelling and grammatical errors that might persist. Each student will be graded on his or her individual contributions.
The final presentation should be submitted by the due date assigned.
Ask the following questions as the group finalizes the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation:

Does the final presentation present adequate depth and clarity of the topic selected?

Does the final presentation limit the amount of text and images on each slide to prevent too much information on any one slide?

Does the final presentation include a factually accurate “script” in the Notes section of each slide, following APA guidelines for writing style, accurate spelling, grammar, and professional vocabulary?

Does the final presentation include narration on each slide to simulate a live presentation?

Does the final presentation include appropriate and relevant visual aids, such as graphs, charts, or images, cited in correct APA format?

Does the final presentation include at least seven academically acceptable references, as described in the discussion grading rubric, cited in correct APA format?

Does the complete final presentation follow APA guidelines for writing style, accurate spelling, grammar, and professional vocabulary?

Submission Details:

Submit your document to the Submission Folder by the due date assigned.

  • Week 5 Discussion
  • Discussion Topic  Due September 16 at 11:59 PMThe discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.
    For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
    Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of week.
    Clinical Trial
    Between 2004 and 2007, the National Institutes of Health conducted a STEP vaccine clinical trial—Phase IIB “test-ofconcept” study.
    The STEP study is the name of a clinical trial to test an experimental human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccine. The STEP study enrolled 3,000 participants at sites in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the United States. The study was designed to test an HIV vaccine, which aimed to stimulate production of immune system T-cells that can kill HIV-infected cells.
    Based on its first evaluation of vaccine efficacy, the findings showed there were 24 cases of HIV infection among the 741 volunteers who received at least one dose of the investigational vaccine compared with 21 cases of HIV infection among the 762 volunteers who were vaccinated with the placebo. In volunteers who received at least two vaccinations, there were 19 cases of HIV infection among the 672 volunteers who received the investigational vaccine and 11 instances of HIV infection among the 691 volunteers who received placebo. The study investigators of the vaccine trials have decided to cease immunizations and are contacting study volunteers to inform them of the developments.
    Reference:
    National Institutes of Health (2007). National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Immunizations are discontinued in two HIV vaccine trials. Retrieved from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Pages/step_statement.aspx.
    Using the South University Online Library or the Internet, research further on the STEP study, the STEP vaccine clinical trials, and their parameters.
    Based on your research, understanding, and above information, answer the following questions:
    • Prior to beginning this study, how would you have described the risks and benefits of the study to participants?
    • What are the ethical issues surrounding this study at the beginning and when the decision was made to terminate the study?
    • Submission Details:
    • Post your response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. Respond to at least two posts by the end of the week.