## Disease Detectives B/C

Dr3Ham
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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

all I know so far is that you have to find out what disease and how it spreads. is that it?
There is much more to it such as calculating odds ratios or relative risk. You also need to know many terms used in epidemiology and the history of how diseases were started and cured. I can't tell you everything as Disease Detectives is a very logic based event but these are some of the other basic things to know. Math is a key concept in it that helps calculate the effectivity of diseases and cured and what not. Have fun studying!
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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

is this event very hard, I've never done it before but am very interested.
It isn't very difficult. It just has many aspects to it. I suggest you start studying the basics such as modes of transmission and calculations of measures of risk, but from this being my third year I have began to notice that it is a very logical based event that also needs studying and a good cheat sheet. If you are a good problem solver and aren't afraid of using math and writing evidence backing your statement and such then this is for you.
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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Do we need to know the different sub-types of statistical tests (such as one-tail and two-tail Z-Tests)? I have Chi-square and One Sample Z-Test down, but the list seems endless.

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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Do we need to know the different sub-types of statistical tests (such as one-tail and two-tail Z-Tests)? I have Chi-square and One Sample Z-Test down, but the list seems endless.
The Statistic Overview on soinc.org (https://www.soinc.org/sites/default/fil ... CS_C_0.pdf) provides a great overview on the common stats tests you need to know, and based off that I don't think you'd need to go that in-depth. Correct me if I'm wrong

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### CDC is redesigning its Sci Oly-Disease Detectives website

I understand that CDC is thinking of redesigning the Science Olympiad/Disease Detectives part of its website at http://www.cdc.gov/excite. It is not intended to compete with SciOly.org and is not likely to be very interactive but the prime target group is Science Olympiad Disease Detectives competitors and other students with an interest in epidemiology/public health. The new site will include new materials as well as links to existing resources. I wonder what sorts of things would be helpful to Disease Detectives competitors.

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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

is this event very hard, I've never done it before but am very interested.
It isn't very difficult. It just has many aspects to it. I suggest you start studying the basics such as modes of transmission and calculations of measures of risk, but from this being my third year I have began to notice that it is a very logical based event that also needs studying and a good cheat sheet. If you are a good problem solver and aren't afraid of using math and writing evidence backing your statement and such then this is for you.
Dr3Ham - You made my day. Nothing particularly difficult but it takes a while to get this. We expanded it to middle school with idea the competitors should have the basics down by the time they got to high school. Most of the major concepts are in Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice 3rd edition-available free online from CDC.

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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Does disease detectives focus more on genetic diseases or more on other diseases?
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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Can anyone give a brief overview of what a division B disease detectives test would look like (if you have taken it before)?
Also, for div B, are the terms listed on the scioly website enough? And which chapters from Principles of Epi are the most important?
Thanks!

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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Does disease detectives focus more on genetic diseases or more on other diseases?
Disease Detectives mainly focuses on infectious diseases and the study of how they spread. But remember, contrary what a lot of people think, it does not really focus on individual individual diseases.
Can anyone give a brief overview of what a division B disease detectives test would look like (if you have taken it before)?
Also, for div B, are the terms listed on the scioly website enough? And which chapters from Principles of Epi are the most important?
Thanks!
Basically every test I've seen anywhere has basic terms on it either in a matching or fill-in-the-blank form. A lot of the time there's sections in which you just write the components of a triad of the steps investigating an outbreak. There's almost always going to be RR/OR calculations as well. The scioly page terms are enough for the most part, but there's a lot of terms that aren't on there and aren't extremely common but may show up regardless (natality, mortality, morbidity, isolation, quarantine, line listing, cross-contamination, etc.). And I can't speak for the Principles of Epi too well since I haven't much of it, but I'd say that Lesson 1 and Measures of Association (in Lesson 3) would be the most important to read, although the whole thing looks pretty valuable.
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### Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Hmm, could you list some key population growth diseases (besides Ebola/Lyme)?