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In Unit VII, you will be required to submit a research paper based upon a topic related to epidemiology. Your research paper will need to be at least six pages in length, and you will need at least five scholarly references to support the argument surrounding your topic. This unit’s assignment will establish the topic and outline for your research paper, and you will create components for your research paper in Units III and V as well. This series of related assignments is designed to enable provision of feedback and to help ensure that you are on track with your progress, which will end with a submission of your final research paper in Unit VII.
For this unit assignment, you will need to choose a topic based on an issue surrounding epidemiology. The issue should be prevalent in your area, and you should be able to create research questions on your chosen issue.
Once you have chosen your topic, you will need to prepare a formal outline of your preliminary research that includes the following components:
a title page;
a thesis, which states your premise and also addresses why your chosen topic is important to your community’s health;
your outline; and
a references page with at least two scholarly references.
In your outline, include possible research questions that you could investigate. Make sure that your topic, research questions, and references are all related to epidemiology. They should address the following areas, as appropriate: epidemiology’s scope and importance, goal and objectives, and historical and modern applications.
Your outline must be at least four pages in length, including the title page and references page. Use APA Style citations and references where appropriate.
Creating a formal outline is often the most difficult part of the research process; therefore, consider the tips below as you determine your research paper topic.
Write down multiple research topics that are prevalent in your area, and then choose the one that you find most appealing.
Use personal or professional experience to establish a research topic.
Ask your professor for guidance.
Peruse your textbook for interesting topics.
Review the course objectives, and see if any of them spark an interest.
For guidance on how to format a formal outline, review the Formal Outline Example and the Outlines Tutorial . A transcript of the tutorial is available on the title page.
For guidance on general APA requirements, review the following tutorials: