The paper should consist of the following elements:
1. Title page: This page should include a brief title that reflects the content of your paper. In addition, you need to include the course information (course name and number), and your name.
2. Introduction: Provide a brief introduction that sets the stage. In 1-2 paragraphs explain:
- What health issue for which population will be discussed in this paper;
- Explain the magnitude of the problem and why the selected topic is important;
- What the purpose of your paper is; and
- Explain how your paper is organized.
3. Methods: Describe the process undertaken to complete a review of the relevant literature. In your description, provide the following information: databases searched (e.g., SCOPUS, AgeLine), search terms, number of references found, number of references selected and the rationale for the selection of the articles included in the review.
4. Literature Review and Discussion: You are required to critically review the epidemiological information from the selected references and discuss the incidence and/or prevalence of the selected health issue among the selected population; its impact on population health; the contribution of social determinants of health; and the quality of the evidence reviewed. The epidemiological data reviewed should match with the focus of your paper as closely as possible. It is expected that the paper will be written based on information from a variety of sources including original research articles, official international, national, and local health/social organizations web sites and reports. At least 5 peer-reviewed original research articles published in scientific journals must be used.
5. Conclusions and Recommendations: In this section, you must state appropriate conclusions based on the information reviewed and discussed in your paper. Recommendations must be made as they relate to public health/social policy, health advocacy, practice, and research.
Reference List: Append a list of references cited in your paper. Paper Length, Organization, and Writing Style The paper must be 4 to 5 pages in length (1,200 to 1,500 words; double spaced), excluding reference list and title page. It should be written using American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition style. If students require assistance with APA writing style, they may consult with a librarian and/or check the APA online tutorials and webinars at: apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/ tutorials-webinars Information in the paper must be presented in a logical manner. Headings (e.g., introduction, methods), and sub-headings (e.g., epidemiology, contributing social factors) will help with the organization of your paper. All the data reported and any arguments made should be supported by referring to the reviewed literature and be cited properly. Abstract (optional): The abstract should provide a brief (maximum of 250 words), but informative summary of your entire research.