In this final assignment in this course, consider how you will use the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have acquired in this course. Write a reflective journal assignment and include the following critical elements: What was the most interesting concept or assignment you completed in this course? You may also identify what you feel is the most personally relevant. What did you like about it? Explain how you plan to use it in your personal or professional life. Consult the Epidemiology Careers resource if you are not sure how you might use this professionally. To complete this assignment, review the Module Eight Journal Guidelines and Rubric document. my most interesting concept or assignment was – Research Question, and Observational vs. Experimental Design Shellion Mitchell posted Jul 30, 2020 8:23 AM to Group 2 Subscribed This page automatically marks posts as read as you scroll. Adjust automatic marking as read setting Research question; what causes HPV and what are its symptoms in both males and females. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States of America. Some strains of HPV can cause cancer; however, there is a vaccine that can be used to prevent it. The infection in most scenarios occurs when the virus enters one’s body through a cut or abrasion or a very tiny tear in the epidermis. Primarily the virus is transferred through skin to skin contact. HPV can be transferred through having sex through trough the anas, oral, and vaginal sex with someone who already has the virus. Additionally, any other skin to skin contact in the genital area can also cause the transmission of this virus. From the research findings, we found out as a group that HPV could be cured by the mushroom extract. The common symptoms of this virus in females include the human genitalia warts. On most occasions, genital warts appear as either a tiny bump or many bumps that are together. In females, they mainly affect the vulva. These warts can range from size, appearance, and shape. Some of the types of HPV can cause cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, and anal cancer if not prevented or treated in time (Jin, P.1058). In males, the symptoms of HPV include the appearance of genital warts in the penis, scrotum, or around the anus (Fischer, p.24). From our findings, we noticed that diagnosing HPV in males has been a challenge since most signs start to show at a late stage. Since this virus affects the most sensitive parts of the body, the genitals it is therefore advisable to use an observational design to examine the research question. The experimental design may not be an appropriate way of carrying out this research since this may lead to close contact or touching of the genitals that may finally lead to further transmission of other viruses. Fischer, Gayle O. “The commonest causes of symptomatic vulvar disease: a dermatologist’s perspective.” Australasian journal of dermatology 37.1 (1996): 12-18. Jin, Jill. “HPV infection and cancer.” Jama 319.10 (2018): 1058-1058.