Assignments NR 503 Population Health, Epidemiology And Statistical Principles

Go to the end of Chapter 2: Identifying Outcomes, in your Curley course text. Under “Exercises and Discussion Questions” select Exercise 2.5 OR 2.6 and respond in a minimum of two (2) paragraphs of 4-5 sentences each. You should address each bullet point in the exercise you select.

Your work should have in-text citations integrating at a minimum one scholarly article from this week’s readings and course textbook. APA format should be utilized to include a reference list. Correct grammar, spelling, and APA should be adhered to when writing, work should be scholarly without personalization or first person use.

Exercise 2.5 Diabetes affects a growing number of Americans. You have been invited to join a collaborative of community agencies interested in tackling diabetes from a community perspective.

  • What resources will you use to identify different outcomes related to diabetes?
  • What outcomes related to diabetes are of most interest to community members?
  • How will you compare the outcomes you select to monitor at the local level with state and national outcomes?

Exercise 2.6 APRNs should not only recognize but also make it part of their practice to develop strategies to reduce or eliminate health disparities. Review information from Healthy People 2020 and the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities websites.

  • What health disparities can you find that are relevant to your community?
  • How can you better advocate for minority groups who have poorer health outcomes?
  • What specific objectives in Healthy People 2020 can help this effort?

Review the following for integration into your writing/responses:

NR 503 Week 5: Infectious Disease Paper


Infectious disease occurs worldwide and must be addressed just as chronic disease is approached. This assignment will offer the opportunity to explore the various communicable diseases, the epidemiological background data as well as the implications of these infections.

Course Outcomes

Through this assessment, the student will meet the following Course Outcomes.

  • CO 3: Identify appropriate outcome measures and study designs applicable to epidemiological subfields such as infectious disease, chronic disease, environmental exposures, reproductive health, and genetics.
  • CO 6: Identify important sources of epidemiological data.

This assessment is worth 125 points.

Include the following in your assignment:

Course content from Weeks 1-5.

  • Analysis of the communicable disease (causes, symptoms, mode of transmission, complications, treatment) to include demographic breakdown (mortality, morbidity, incidence, and prevalence).
  • Identify and synthesize the determinants of health as related to the development of this disease.
  • Identify and describe all elements of the epidemiological triad: Host factors, agent factors (presence or absence), and environmental factors.
  • Succinctly define the role of the primary care nurse practitioner according to a national nurse practitioner organization (AANP, for example) and synthesize the role to the management of infectious diseases (surveillance, primary/secondary/tertiary interventions, reporting, data collecting, data analysis, and follow-up).
  • This includes the integration of models of practice which support the implementation of an evidence-based practice. Refer to your course textbook for models of practice examples.
  • A minimum of three scholarly references, research articles, is required. Web sites may be utilized but do not count towards the three scholarly references. Your course text may be utilized but will not count towards the three scholarly references.
  • Preparing The Paper

Submission Requirements

  • Application: Use Microsoft Word™ to create the written assessment.
  • Length: The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) is a maximum of three (3) pages.
  • A minimum of three (3) scholarly research/literature references must be used. CDC or other web sources may be utilized but are not counted towards the three minimum references required. Your course text may be used as an additional resource but is not included in the three minimum scholarly references.
  • APA format 6th edition.

Include scholarly in-text references and a reference list.

  • Length: Papers not adhering to the page length may be subject to the either (but not both) of the following at the discretion of the course faculty; 1. Your paper may be returned to you for editing to meet the length guidelines, or, 2. Your faculty may deduct up to five (5) points from the final grade.
  • Adhere to the Chamberlain College of Nursing academic policy on integrity as it pertains to the submission of student created original work for assignments.
  • Avoid writing in the first person (such as “me” “I”).
  • Best Practices in Preparing the Project
  • The following are best practices in preparing this project.
  • Review directions and rubric thoroughly.
  • Follow submission requirements.
  • Make sure all elements on the grading rubric are included.
  • Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.
  • Title page, running head, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section of the paper except for the introduction where no heading is used.
  • Ideas and information that come from scholarly literature must be cited and referenced correctly.
  • A minimum of three (3) scholarly literature references must be used. **See above section on “Preparing the Paper”. Abide by Chamberlain College of Nursing academic integrity policy.
  • This assignment will follow the late assignment policy.

Week 6: Evaluation Of an Epidemiological Disease or Problem

This assignment was locked Feb 20 at 11:59pm.


The purpose of this assignment is:

Integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout this course

Direct application of course content to problem solving of chronic population health problems applied to the learner’s geographic area.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

See weekly outcomes from Weeks 1-6.

Due Date: Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 6.

Total Points Possible: 200


This paper should clearly and comprehensively identify the chronic health disease chosen. Select a topic from the following list:

  • Depression (Choose population: Adult, Older Adult, Adolescent)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis

The paper should be organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction with a clear presentation of the problem as well as significance and a scholarly overview of the paper.
  • Background of the disease including definition, description, signs and symptoms, and current incidence and/or prevalence statistics by city/state with comparison to national statistics pertaining to the disease. Create a table of incidence or prevalence rates by your geographic county/city or state with comparison to national statistics. Use the APA text for formatting guidelines.
  • A review of current surveillance methods and any mandated reporting or methods for reporting the disease for providers.
  • Conduct descriptive epidemiology analysis of the disease including who is more frequently affected and characteristics of the population that might help in creating a prevention plan. Include costs (both financial and social) associated with the disease or problem.
  • Review how the disease is diagnosed, current national standards for screening or prevention, and pick one screening test and review its sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, cost and any current national guidelines for conducting which patients to conduct this test on.
  • Integrating evidence, provide a plan of how you will address this chronic health disease in your practice once you are finished with school. Provide three specific interventions based on the evidence and include how you will measure outcomes of your actions. Note: Consider primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions as well as integration of health policy advocacy efforts.
  • Conclude in a clear manner with a brief overview of the key’s points from each section of the paper utilizing evidence-based integration of resources.

Adhere to all paper preparation guidelines (see below).

NR 503 Week 2 Discussion – Epidemiological Methods

Consider one of the following disease processes:

  • Zika
  • Salmonella
  • MRSA
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Depression (Choose population: Adult, Older Adult, Adolescent)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis

Next, choose a diagnostic or screening method from one of the following web sites that correlates to the topic from either of those assignments:

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Reply to the following prompt: Describe the diagnostic or screening tool selected, its purpose, and what age group it targets. Has it been specifically tested in this age group?

Next, discuss the predictive ability of the test. For instance, how do you know the test is reliable and valid? What are the reliability and validity values? What are the predictive values? Is it sensitive to measure what it has been developed to measure, for instance, HIV, or depression in older adults, or Lyme Disease? Would you integrate this tool into your advanced practice based on the information you have read about the test, why or why not?

You should include a minimum of two (2) scholarly articles from the last five (5) years (3 is recommended).

Respond to a minimum of two (2) individuals, peer and/or faculty, with a scholarly and reflective post of a minimum of two (2) paragraphs of 4-5 sentences. A minimum of one

(1) scholarly articles should be utilized to support the post in addition to your textbook.

Your work should have in-text citations integrating at a minimum one scholarly article and the course textbook. APA format should be utilized to include a reference list. Correct grammar, spelling, and APA should be adhered to when writing, work should be scholarly without personalization or first person use.

Week 2: Healthy People 2020 Impact Paper


The concepts of epidemiology provide the framework for the study of infectious and chronic diseases, which provides a rich source of data for the analysis of trends in disease and health. This assignment will offer the opportunity to explore the health effects associated with hookahs. You will identify populations at risk, and to design an educational intervention for your target population. In addition, you will look at what outcomes will be addressed to determine if your interventions work. You will integrate HP2020 and CDC information into your paper.

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  • CO 3: Identify appropriate outcome measures and study designs applicable to epidemiological subfields such as infectious disease, chronic disease, environmental exposures, reproductive health, and genetics.
  • CO 6: Identify important sources of epidemiological data.


Criteria for Content

Research the health effects of hookahs and select three to five health effects to address. Identify your target population (for instance, age or other demographic, aggregate population); this must be in your city or state. Design a population-based health education intervention for your target population that is aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality for the problem. Be sure to review the research literature and HP2020 for interventions. Decide what outcomes you will use to determine whether your educational intervention works. In a three (3) page summary, address the following.

  • Identify the problem in the introduction section.
  • Provide an overview of the problem in your city/state
  • Review of descriptive epidemiologic and demographic data on mortality/morbidity and  risk
  • Present the goal, overview and objectives of Healthy People 2020 for the paper topic.
  • Also, include an overview of the national snapshot by HP2020.
  • Create a population focused intervention that includes activities and implementation strategies. Use of scholarly literature and HP2020 is recommended for writing the
  • Intervention Program Plan.
  • Preparing the paper

Submission Requirements

Application: Use Microsoft Word 2013™ to create the written assessment.

Length: The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) is a maximum of three

(3) pages.

A minimum of three (3) scholarly literature references must be used. You may use your course textbook as one reference but this does not count to the three (3) scholarly literature references. References should include scholarly publications and not be limited to scholarly websites.

Week 3 Discussion- Epidemiological Methods And Measurements

Utilizing the list below, choose two research methods. Next, find two articles, one on each of the chosen methods, from the Chamberlain College library, or you may use one that is provided within the course and one you find from the library. The articles should be related to population health and infectious disease, chronic health, occupational health, global health, genomics, or environmental health:

  • ·         Randomized Control Trial
  • ·         Cohort Study
  • ·         Case-Control Study
  • ·         Cross-Sectional

Read each article and answer the following questions for each article:

  • Does the study design specify a question, goal, of the study?
  • Explain the methodology (Randomized Control Trial, Cohort Study, Case-Control Study).
  • Describe the participant information, including recruitment. Is selection bias present?
  • How is data collected?
  • Are the variables identified? If yes, discuss. If not, how does this impact your interpretation of the study?
  • How was the data analyzed, what statistics are provided? What are potential errors related to the study design?
  • What are the weaknesses of the type of study design/method?
  • Discuss the outcomes and the implications for implementation.

Post your analysis of the research studies to the DB. Your analysis should have in-text citations and utilize a scholarly voice with APA formatting. You may choose to write a Word doc and upload your doc to the discussion board for this week.

Respond to a total of two posts; either two (2) peer posts or a peer and faculty post, with a minimum of one paragraph of 4-5 sentences for each of their articles. Your reply post should integrate in-text citation(s) and be formatted with APA and a scholarly voice.

Week 7: Discussion-Global And Environmental Health

Please go to a lay press newspaper, for example, The Washington Post, The New York Times, or other national publication. Locate an article that has global health implications, such as malaria, untreated strep throat or other infectious diseases in developing countries. Other topic areas may address environmental global health issues, for example, safe water, sanitation, or oral health. After you locate and read over the article respond to the following prompt:

During NR503 the Web of Causation, Epidemiological Triangle, Population Health and inter-professional collaboration have been discussed, as well as other population health topics. Respond to your chosen article in this week’s discussion board by synthesizing, integrating, course concepts. Compare and contrast the article you chose to course concepts and this week’s objectives.

For example, consider the World Health Organization and its SDG’s or you may choose to write about social justice theory and its relationship to your article. You may consider the WHO and SDGs or perhaps you may choose to write about social justice and its relationship to this article. The specific focus is up to you, just be sure to integrate, compare/contrast, and think/write critically. Your post should be a minimum of two paragraphs with 4-5 sentences per paragraph.

Your initial post should include a minimum of two (2) scholarly articles which would not include your course text, which is also permitted to be used. Reply posts should include a scholarly reference and be a minimum of one paragraph, 4-5 sentences. A scholarly tone should be maintained. Include the reference to the article using APA and link if available.

NR 503 Week 7: Reflection on Achievement of Outcomes


Take some time now to mindfully reflect over the assignments, readings, discussion board, and web site exploration activities of the course, Population Health, Epidemiology, and Statistical. Next, take a look at the narrative and rubric for the assignment: Reflection on Achievement. You will be constructing a mind map, or concept map, that relates (connects) the activities of the course to the outcome objectives provided for you on the assignment narrative. Also, review the videos provided which also explain how to create a mind map or concept map, the two terms are often used to mean the same thing.


  1. Have you ever created a Web of Causation, for an undergraduate community health course perhaps? Well, you are now going to create a visual model, called a Concept Map or Mind Map, which expresses a synthesis (connection) of course learning (readings, written assignments, discussion board, etc.) to the following:

MSN Program Outcome #2:

Create a caring environment for achieving quality health outcomes (Care-Focused).

MSN Essential IV:

Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Competencies #4: Practice Inquiry Competencies (there are 6 competencies stated by NONPF in this particular area):

  1. Provides leadership in the translation of new knowledge into practice.
  2. Generates knowledge from clinical practice to improve practice and patient outcomes.
  3. Applies clinical investigative skills to improve health outcomes.
  4. Leads practice inquiry, individually or in partnership with others.
  5. Disseminates evidence from inquiry to diverse audiences using multiple modalities.
  6. Analyzes clinical guidelines for individualized application into practice

2. Using an online free program (see samples below), Microsoft Word, or another method, create a Concept Map, or some call it a Mind Map. Your Concept Map will visually depict how you see the assignments of the course meet the outcomes above.

Please search on YouTube for videos on How to Create a Concept Map or look for examples online.

Free Mapping Software:

  • Canva
  • MindView

You can use the features of Word in the ribbon on the top of a Word doc page also. For instance, if you click on “insert” you will see shapes and SmartArt. Or, you can use a PowerPoint slide to create a concept/mind map.

NR 503 Week 8: Discussion – Health Policy and Ethics

Go to your state government web page.

Find one health policy enacted within the last two (2) years.

Write a minimum of a one-page critical analysis summary of the policy. (250 words double spaced, APA). Your summary should integrate ANA ethical statements (“The Code”), and course readings, to include a minimum of one course scholarly article (provided within the course). Be sure to speak to the role of advocacy and population health.

Respond to a minimum of two (2) peers/faculty posts with one (1) paragraph of 4-5 sentences integrating one scholarly source utilized in an in-text citation/APA.