It is incumbent on the researcher to clearly define the target population. Sometimes, the entire population is small enough to be included in the study. In other instances, the population is too large for the researcher to attempt to survey all of its members. Therefore, a small, but carefully chosen sample is used to represent the population. The sample is the actual group targeted either directly or indirectly and reflects the characteristics of the population from which it is drawn.
Using the Internet, research, analyze, and select at least two articles on sampling methodology used in public health research studies.
Note: The articles should not be more than two years old.
Based on the articles identified, create a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document that includes the following:
- A synopsis on the perspective of the sampling methodology used in your selected articles related to public health research studies.
- Your opinion on whether the sampling method used in each of your chosen articles is appropriate for its target population. Justify your response.
- An explanation of the potential advantages and disadvantages of the sampling plan used in your selected articles.
- Support your responses with examples.