Epidemiology Project:




There is a current outbreak of an emerging disease that your organization is responsible for educating the general public in order to avoid mass hysteria and further infections. Your organization will produce a pamphlet in a newsletter or newspaper style to facilitate getting this information out to the public. Even though you will use lots of layman terminology you will have to use current related scientific vocabulary. The pamphlet must be completed and presented on the day of the final along with a worksheet for the public to fill out in order to show comprehension of the information in your pamphlet.



I: Method(s) of transmission

II: Life cycle of pathogen, classification and structure of pathogen

III: Mechanism of infection on a cellular level and biochemical level (how the pathogen gets into cells)

IV: Body’s reaction on a systemic level and molecular level. How do these changes in the body during infection lead to the symptoms seen and unseen?

V: If the body can survive how is this accomplished?

VI: Is there any proactive measures that can be taken? Vaccines etc…..What screening mechanisms are used? Are these successful? Why or why not?

VII: What other diseases can serve as a model of study, why?

VIII: Demographics of the disease:

a.      What part of the population is at the greatest risk? Why?

b.      What is the global distribution or pattern of spread and infection? Why this pattern?

IX: What is the future of this disease? How can we prevent it? Can we?




Scoring: This is a guideline.


a) Effectively conveys accurate information. (The majority of each separate section will be for accuracy)  

b) Graphic is integral component.

c) Vocabulary is appropriate and scientific terms are used in context and explained.

d) Creative, neat, professional.


a) Information is accurate however not in enough detail or does not cover all aspects of the section.

b) Graphic is useful but not discussed thoroughly

c) Vocab is appropriate but not used correctly or explained


a) not enough information, detail or accuracy

b) graphic is present but not terribly useful

c) vocab is not a scientific terms, structure is weak

d) sloppily put together, boring


a) the information does not address the requirements

b) no graphic is included or pointless

d) junior high level vocab and structure


Method(s) of transmission





Pathogen Life Cycle, Classification





Mechanism of infection on a cellular level and biochemical level





Body’s reaction





How can the body survive?





Proactive measures





Related diseases










The Future





Was the information presented in an interesting and comprehensible manner?





Graphics are integral and useful.





Formatted correctly





The worksheet was effective in getting the public the necessary in formation effectively.






Diseases: Most of these are new emerging diseases but I included some that reemerging as well. I tried to include diseases that you could be facing in reality in a year or two. If there is a specific disease you are interested in that is not on this list you may ask me to consider your choice. Be prepared to defend your choice.


H1N1   West Nile Virus           Ebola (Hemorrhagic fever) for international travelers

Malaria    Syphilis                    Gonorrhea                   Chlamydia

Tuberculosis                            Hepatitis                     Meningitis