Selecting a Population Health Problem

Selecting a Population Health Problem

  • Selecting a Population Health Problem
  • As you know, promoting positive social change is a part of the Walden mission. To be an effective agent for social change, nurses must be able to logically and critically analyze population health issues using epidemiologic concepts, and then communicate insights in a succinct and professional manner. This exercise will afford you such an experience.
  • This week, you will complete Assignment 1 in preparation for Major Assessment 7, in which you will apply epidemiologic principles and develop an intervention for a health problem.
  • For this Assignment, you will examine a health problem of interest to you, and you will develop a brief paper (1–2 pages) outlining the significance of the health problem and describing it in terms of person, place, and time. This outline will help your Instructor determine if the topic you selected is appropriate for the Major Assessment paper.
  • Prepare for Assignment 1 as follows:
  • Determine a population health problem that is viable for completing this paper.
  • Determine the characteristics of the health problem in terms of person, place, and time.
  • Using the Walden Library and credible websites, conduct additional research on your selected population health problem. Consider the significance of this health problem.
  • Examine how Healthy People 2020, listed in the Learning Resources, supports the importance of addressing your selected health problem.
  • Develop a preliminary research question or hypothesis appropriate for your topic.
  • To complete:
  • Write a 1- to 2-page paper that addresses the following:
  • Describe the population health problem in terms of person, place, and time.
  • From the primary research literature and Healthy People 2020, briefly explain the significance of this health problem.
  • Include your preliminary research question or hypothesis.
  • Resources
  • Framingham Heart Study. (2018). Epidemiological background and design: The Framingham study. Retrieved from
  • The Framingham Heart Study is one of the first and largest cohort studies that measured the distribution of suspected risk factors in a large population and then tracked the development of heart disease in that cohort.
  • Papathanasiou, A. A., & Zintzaras, E. (2010). Assessing the quality of reporting of observational studies in cancer. Annals of Epidemiology, 20(1), 67-73.
  • In this article, the authors assess the quality of reporting of observational cancer studies, noting opportunities for improvement.
  • Rahal, Z., El Nemr, S., Sinjab, A., Chami, H., Tfayli, A., & Kadara, H. (2017). Smoking and lung cancer: A geo-regional perspective. Frontiers in Oncology, 7, 194.
  • Von Elm, E., Altman, D. G., Egger, M., Pocock, S. J., Gøtzsche, P. C., & Vandenbroucke, J. P. (2007). Strengthening the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology (STROBE) statement: Guidelines for reporting observational studies. Annals of Internal Medicine, 147(8), 573–577.
  • A consortium of scientists and medical researchers created a checklist of 22 recommended items that should be included in reports about three common observational study designs: case-control, cohort, and cross-sectional studies. This collaborative effort is an important step toward the goal of improving the quality, credibility, and generalizability of analytical research.
  • Healthy People 2020. (2011). Topics & objectives index.

Healthy People 2020 focuses on improving population health locally and nationally. Review the topics and objectives of Healthy People 2020 as you prepare for Assignment 2.

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