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Epidemiology and Health Surveillance Assignment


The purpose of this discussion is to apply concepts in epidemiology and health surveillance to a selected population.


Explore the determinants of health and the National Practice Problems that most affect the population you selected in Week 1. Review the following index to locate an epidemiological report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This report contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and regional health departments, as well as recommendations that have been issued by the CDC. Epidemiology and Health Surveillance Assignment

Use the index to review the most significant issue pertaining to your selected population and one of the eight National Practice Problems to address the following:

  1. Explore the epidemiologic principles and measures used to address your selected practice problem at the national and specific geographic (city or county level) location for the population you have selected.
  2. Examine the use of descriptive and/or analytic epidemiology to address the practice problem.
  3. Propose how you might use surveillance to influence the determinants of health and improve the health outcomes of your population.
  4. Anticipate any ethical concerns that you might have related to the use of surveillance data in your population.

Please click on the following link to review the DNP Discussion Guidelines on the Student Resource Center program page:

Epidemiology and Health Surveillance

Program Competencies

This discussion enables the student to meet the following program competencies:

  1. Analyzes health care policies to advocate for equitable health care and social justice to all populations and those at risk due to social determinants of health. (POs 2, 9)
  1. Translates a synthesis of research and population data to support preventative care and improve the nation’s health. (PO 1)
  1. Leads others in professional identity, advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking, resilience, and accountability in selecting, implementing, and evaluating clinical care. (PO 1)
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