Risk Factors of Disease

These activities introduce the idea that there are certain factors, called risk factors, which can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a disease. Pupils learn how scientists use research to determine what the risk factors are for various diseases.

Curriculum Links

  • KS3 Science
  • KS4 Science
  • SQA 5-14 Standard Environmental Studies
  • SQA Access, Intermediate and Higher: Biology
  • and Biology Investigation

Key words

  • risks of disease
  • risk factors
  • lifestyle risks of disease
  • healthy lifestyles
  • family history
  • data analysis
  • making and reading graphs
  • determining correlation
  • designing a valid experiment
  • comparing experimental methodologies
  • how scientists work


  • Can you identify patients’ risk of disease?
  • Find the risk factors of disease
  • How do scientists determine what is a risk factor?