Quantifying Epidemiology

In this first week of epidemiology, we are exploring Chapters 1 – 5 of
Gordis. This covers a lot of information from the history of
epidemiology through in-depth topics on how to appropriate evaluate
disease occurrence through quantitative means. This week, you need to
build a community health profile of the deficits in your community.
Community Health Assessments (CHA) and Community Health Improvement
Plans (CHIP) have become all the rage in health departments. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention have required every health
department to engage in CHIPs and CHAs as a part of their accreditation
process. You can use as many or as few of the above resources as you want, or
you can use Journals and other data sources to help you meet this
In this discussion, you are going to assess a community of your
choosing (County or State level) and select two areas in which they have
poor data outcomes. You will then compare either the County to the
State or the State to the Nation to build you evidence that there is an
issue. This post must contain some measurement of epidemiology in some
fashion. It cannot be subjective and it must be based on rates, ratios
or some other type of quantitative measure. Must be
between 350 – 500 words. Textbook: Gordis, L. (2009). Epidemiology (5th edition). Saunders. ISBN-13: 978-1455737338.

There are robust sets of aggregated data out there both in raw form
that you can download and manipulate on your own or in a pre-digested
mode that has already been summarized and provided for you. Some
resources that you may find helpful:

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