Infectious disease occurs worldwide and must be addressed just as chronic disease is approached. This assignment will present the learner an opportunity to explore a communicable disease, to apply the epidemiological triad, and to discern the demographic and at-risk background data for a specific infectious disease agent.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this assessment, the student will meet the following Course Outcomes.

  1. Identify appropriate outcome measures and study designs applicable to epidemiological sub-fields such as infectious disease, chronic disease, environmental exposures, reproductive health, and genetics. (CO3)
  2. Identify important sources of epidemiological data. (CO6)

Due Date: by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT of Week 5

Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10% of the total points possible for that assignment for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. Quizzes and discussions are not considered assignments and are not part of the late assignment policy.

Total Points Possible: 125


  1. Apply the concepts of population health and epidemiology to one of the following infectious diseases:  (Choose one from the following list for your paper.)
    • Community Acquired Pneumonia
    • Infectious Diarrhea
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tick-borne Encephalitis
    • Salmonella
  2. Synthesize Course content from Weeks 1-5 according to the following sections:
    • Introduction:  Analysis of the communicable disease (causes, symptoms, mode of transmission, complications, treatment) to include demographic break down that includes age, gender, race, or other at-risk indicators (data per demographics should include mortality, morbidity, incidence, and prevalence).
    • Determinants of Health:  Define, identify and synthesize the determinants of health as related to the development of the infection.  Utilize HP2020.
    • Epidemiological Triad:  Identify and describe all elements of the epidemiological triad: Host factors, agent factors (presence or absence), and environmental factors. Utilize the demographic break down to further describe the triad.
    • Role of the NP:  Succinctly define the role of the nurse practitioner according to a national nurse practitioner organization (National Board of Nursing or AANP, for example) and synthesize the role to the management of infectious diseases (surveillance, primary/secondary/tertiary interventions, reporting, data collecting, data analysis, and follow-up). This includes the integration of a model of practice which supports the implementation of an evidence-based practice.  Refer to your course textbook for models of practice examples.

Preparing the paper

Submission Requirements

  1. Application: Use Microsoft Word™ to create the written assessment.
  2. Length: The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be limited to a maximum of four (4) pages.  Papers not adhering to the page length may be returned to you for editing to meet the length guidelines.
  3. A minimum of three (3) scholarly research/literature references must be used. CDC or other web sources may be utilized but are not counted towards the three minimum references required.  Your course text may be used as an additional resource but is not included in the three minimum scholarly references.
  4. APA format current edition.
  5. Include scholarly in-text references and a reference list.
  6. Adhere to the Chamberlain College of Nursing academic policy on integrity as it pertains to the submission of student created original work for assignments.
  7. Do not write in the first person (such as “me” “I”


Infectious Disease Paper

Infectious diseases account for a considerable number of all human deaths globally. World Health Organization estimates that infectious disease causes approximately 17 million deaths annually across the world. The escalating threat of infectious disease is also contributed by antibiotic resistance hence, the need for vigilant actions from the health care providers in the detection and timely intervention. In this connection, this paper discusses the causes, symptoms, and the prevalence of Salmonella. The determinants of health, the epidemiological triad, and the role of the nurse practitioner in regards to Salmonella  infection are also discussed in this paper.

Analysis of The Communicable Disease


Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella is one of the major foodborne pathogens accounting for most of the foodborne illnesses as well as mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020), Salmonella causes approximately 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalization as well as 420 deaths in the US annually. According to Wen, Best, and Nourse (2017),  non-typhoidal Salmonellae (NTS) is the most common bacterial pathogens that cause childhood enteritis accounting for an isolation frequency of 17.2%. the mortality in the group with compromised immunity is about 21%. Studies indicate that Salmonella is more common in children than adults (Judd, Hoekstra, Mahon, Fields, & Wong, 2019)…..