In This Discussion, You Will Select A Disease With Which You Are Interested. Discuss In 300-500 Words


Week One Discussion 1 (CLO 1, 2, 3, 7)

Week One Discussion 1 (CLO 1, 2, 3, 7)

Surveillance Measures in Epidemiology

Epidemiology has a variety of sub-disciplines. Each of these sub-disciplines has different measures they use to determine the severity or communicability of various diseases. The two classic measures are incidence and prevalence. However, there are other measures of disease measurement, which can include:



Cumulative Incidence

Incidence Density

Incidence Rate


Period Prevalence

Point Prevalence


Case Fatality Rate

Proportionate Mortality Rate

Age Specific Death Rate

Age-Adjusted Rate

Direct Age Adjustment

Indirect Age Adjustment

Years of Potential Life Lost

Outbreak Specific Calculations

R0 (R naught or Reproductive Ratio)

Attack Rate (usually used for foodborne pathogens)

Secondary Attack Rate (used for any communicable disease to describe the percentage of secondary cases)


In this discussion, you will select a disease with which you are interested. You will need to search the Morbidity and Mortality Week Report

, Emerging Infectious Disease Journal

Preventing Chronic Diseases Journal

Your response should range from 300 – 500 words and discuss the disease you selected and at least two measures from the Morbidity and Mortality section of this prompt. In your discussion, you should explain why that measure is used and what some of the limitations of that measure is regarding your disease.


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