At the start, give a short Introduction to your topic (epidemiology) and context of essay. Then consider all aspects required to fulfil the module criteria.
It will be expected that your essay will include the following information: 1.Key epidemiological documents (3 key original source articles – see reading list for examples) 2.Critical discussion of key epidemiological concepts 3.Appraisal of why this is important in a Public Health/nutrition professional context 4.Critical reflection of the role of evidence based practice for nutrition professionals 5.Table in Appendix summarising key information from your chosen studies
The main body of the essay should provide a critical discussion of 2-3 key original source epidemiological studies which have added to the body of evidence in your chosen area. You should give a justification for selecting these. You can then critically discuss these studies for e.g. (a) study design, (b) methodology (c) outcome measures (d) interpretation of results. You should also make reference to other epidemiological studies (e.g. meta-analyses) within this section but your focus should be upon your chosen 2-3. You will be expected to summarise key information from these papers in an Appendix table.
Your essay should include a critical reflection on the importance of evidence based practice. You should relate this to nutritional epidemiology more generally and then more specifically to role of the nutritional professional. Within the application to practice section, you should discuss how your chosen studies may be applied to practice.