In this 2-part activity, you will have the opportunity to explore the practical applications of the concepts we are covering to your interests outside of the class in the field of health sciences.
For this portion (Part 1), you will begin to brainstorm ideas of a relationship you would like to study in the field of health sciences.
To narrow the focus of your relationship of interest, Part 1 of the activity will ask you to choose 2 variables that you are interested in studying the relationship between and describe what you are interested in exploring.
The 1st variable should be a health outcome variable (i.e., a variable related in some way to the health status of an individual). You can choose from anything you might be interested in related to health, such as:
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.
Infectious diseases such as influenza, measles, foodborne illnesses, STIs, etc.
Injury related health outcomes, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
Mental health outcomes, such as anxiety, depression, etc.
…or any other health-related outcome you may be interested in. Make sure to choose just ONE outcome (avoid choosing a variable like “all chronic diseases” and instead focus on one specific one like “heart disease”)
Your 1st variable must be:
Clearly defined (in one word or short phrase (e.g., Type 2 diabetes, stress, influenza, etc.) — (0.5 points)
Related to some aspect of health — (0.5 points)
The 2nd variable is up to anything that you are interested in exploring the relationship of to your 1st health-related variable of interest. This can be:
Demographic characteristics such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, location of residence, education level, etc.
Behavioral characteristics such as diet, exercise, hand washing, vaccinations, sleep etc.
Another health related factor, such as stress [as it relates to heart disease], obesity [as it relates to diabetes], etc.
Just as above, make sure to choose just ONE factor of interest (avoid choosing a variable like “all demographic characteristics” and instead focus on one specific one like “age”)
Your 2nd variable must be:
Clearly defined (in one word or short phrase (flu vaccine, sleep, fast food intake, etc.) — (0.5 points)
Be something you are interested in examining the relationship with your 1st chosen variable — (0.5 points)
…or any other variable that you are interested in exploring.
RESEARCH TOPIC/RELATIONSHIP DESCRIPTION
Provide a very brief description of the relationship you are interested in looking at with your 2 variables above.
Does age affect an individual’s concern for their health?
In this case, “Concern for health” would be your health-related 1st variable and “Age” would be your 2nd variable.
Does state of the country that you live in affect your risk of developing diabetes?
In this case, “Diabetes” would be your health-related 1st variable and “State of country that you like in” would be your 2nd variable.
Does diet affect stress levels?
In this case, “Stress levels” would be your health-related 1st variable and “Diet” would be your 2nd variable.
Your description must be concise and clearly describe the relationship you are interested in between your two variables of interest. — (1 point)
There is a ton of flexibility in what you choose! I am interested to see what kinds of variable relationships/associations you wish to explore. Keep in mind, the goal of this 2-part activity is exploring something health-related that you might be interested in outside of the scope of the class, so be creative in what you want to explore and make sure it matches your interests.
Part 2 of the course activity will be developing questions that you might want to ask to gather data on your intended relationship
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