Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

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The second edition of this best selling text is comprehensive introduction to principles applied in the practice of epidemiology in public health. Featuring the most current data and includes new problems, this revision incorporates modern ideas in epidemiological thinking that have been largely omitted in other textbooks. This edition will familiarize readers with terminology and key concepts in the design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological research, giving students the tools they need to critically evaluate scientific literature.Broad in scope, the text opens with five chapters covering the basic epidemiologic concepts and data sources. A major emphasis is placed on study design, with separate chapters devoted to each of the three main analytic designs: experimental, cohort, and case-control studies.Full chapters on bias, confounding, and random error, including the roll of statistics in epidemiology, ensure that students are well-equipped with the necessary information to interpret the results of epidemiologic studies. An entire chapter is also devoted to the concept of effect measure modification, an often-neglected topic in introductory textbooks. Up-to-date examples from the epidemiologic literature on diseases of public health importance are provided throughout the book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Approach and Evolution of Epidemiologyp. 1
Measures of Disease Frequencyp. 33
Comparing Disease Frequenciesp. 59
Sources of Public Health Datap. 77
Descriptive Epidemiologyp. 99
Overview of Epidemiologic Study Designsp. 139
Experimental Studiesp. 169
Cohort Studiesp. 201
Case-Control Studiesp. 229
Biasp. 261
Confoundingp. 287
Random Errorp. 307
Effect Measure Modificationp. 343
Critical Review of Epidemiologic Studiesp. 357
The Epidemiologic Approach to Causationp. 383
Screening in Public Health Practicep. 411
Ethics in Research Involving Human Participantsp. 441
Answers to Chapter Questionsp. 459
Indexp. 479
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