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Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology

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Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology

This assignment is based on the learning objectives and concepts as described in the Unit Learning Guide. There are a total of 100 marks and this assignment will contribute 30% towards the total assessment for this subject. The marking matrix that will be used for this assignment is also attached.

This assignment is limited to 3 pages. See specific instructions below relating to the page formatting of Assignment 1. Assignments that do not comply with these specifications will not be marked.

Your assignment should be typed, with adequate space left between questions. Assignments should be submitted via vUWS. Be as concise as possible in your answers, and use the number of marks allocated to each question as a guide for how much to write.


Critically appraise one of the following papers, and assess the extent to which there is a causal association between the main study factor(s) and the outcome.

Leon DA, Lithell HO, Vagero et al. Reduced fetal growth rate and increased risk of death from ischaemic heart disease: cohort study of 15 000 Swedish men and women born 1915­29. BMJ. 1998; 317: 241-245.

Hassan MM, Bondy ML, Wolff MD, et al. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer: Case-control study. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2007; 102:2696-2707.

Wu Z, Luo W, Sullivan SG, et al. Evaluation of a needle social marketing strategy to control HIV among injecting drug users in China. AIDS. 2007; 21(suppl 8):S115-S122.

Limit of 3 pages. Please note: Only 3 pages of text will be marked [100 marks]


**Please note: You can structure your answer as you wish. Sub-headings to structure your argument are acceptable. Submissions comprising a series of dot-points are not acceptable.



As indicated above, there are page limits for this Assignment. Please note, this does not include a reference list, which can be appended separately to your final document.


Please ensure that your assignment complies with the following formatting specifications. Assignments that do not comply with these specifications will not be marked.


Format:                      A single Word document file

Page Limits:               As indicated for each question (see questions above)

Margins:                     All margins at least 2.0cm.

Font                            At least 12 point and Times New Roman only

Line spacing:              Must be set to single or greater.

Character spacing:    Spacing must be set to normal. Scale must be set to 100%.

Web Links:                Links to additional information on any website must not be included in your assignment

Graphics:                   Graphics (pictures, diagrams etc) may be included in the response if contained within the page limits provided.

Tables:                        Tabulated information may be included if contained within the page limits provided.

References:                Harvard or Vancouver style. Attach references as a separate page at the end of your Assignment.


The following marking matrix will be used to mark this assignment. Each question will be marked according to:

(1) ‘Structure and organisation’ (10%)

(2) ‘Content: evidence and argument’ (60%)

(3) ‘Style and format’ (20%).

(4) ‘Sources and references’ (10%).

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