Paper: Lindahl et al (2014) Seropositivity and risk factors for Brucella in dairy cows in urban and peri-urban small-scale farming in Tajikistan.
Read the tasks below carefully and ensure that you complete all parts of each task. Approximate distribution of marks is provided for your guidance.
(i) In your own words, briefly summarise the key findings of the paper and describe the epidemiological methods used. (~10% of the marks)
(ii) Write a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the study, with particular reference to epidemiological concepts covered in Module 4 (for example study design, population sampling, measures of association, data analysis and interpretation). (~60% of the marks)
(iii) Suggest and discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using alternative study designs to achieve the objectives of this study. (~30% of the marks)