Case Study: Descriptive Epidemiology

 If you read the “Health” page (either paper or web-based) of any major news source (e.g., The New York Times, CNN),  reports of the occurrence of health outcomes are common headlines. For  example, you may see the following or similar headlines:

“Breast Cancer Increasing in Asian-American Women” 
“Teenage Smoking at an All-Time Low”

Have you ever wondered where this information comes from and what it really means?

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Governmental agencies and other organizations routinely  collect descriptive epidemiological statistics on many health outcomes.  For example, statistics on the occurrence of cancer in the United  States have been continuously collected since the early 1970s through  the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the  National Cancer Institute.

For this Case Study Assignment, you will analyze and  interpret descriptive epidemiologic statistics. To prepare for this  Assignment, review the material presented in the textbook.

A case study worksheet will be provided by your  instructor for this Assignment in the form of a Microsoft Word document.  Download the worksheet and type your answers directly into the document  to complete the Assignment. Be sure that your completed worksheet  contains your responses to all questions.

Prior to submitting your Descriptive Epidemiology Case Study, review the Module 2 Case Study Assignment Rubric.