Epidemiology Foundations: The Science of Public Health

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 11, 2010 - Medical - 304 pages
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Written by Peter J. Fos—an expert in epidemiology with more than twenty years teaching experience—Epidemiology Foundations offers an ideal introduction to the theory and practice of public health epidemiology. This important text discusses both the historical perspective and future trends of epidemiology, reviews health and disease, and explains how they are measured. The book's overview of epidemiological studies shows how they are used in practice. Epidemiology Foundations takes a social and community perspective and includes information about global diseases and epidemics.

Emphasis on concepts such as population health, social determinants, and global health make this book especially interesting and accessible to those new to the subject. Each chapter is supplemented with problem-solving exercises and research assignments to aid readers in understanding its epidemiology principles. Reflecting and expanding on recommendations of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Epidemiology Foundations is the ideal text for any course introducing epidemiology in public health.

 

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Contents

Introduction
2
Figure 5
5
Cigarette smoking in the United States 1965 to 2005
6
Population Health
9
Projected population percentage by race 2010 to 2050 in
12
Health Costs
15
History of Epidemiology
21
Health and Disease
35
Uses of Epidemiological Studies
137
Relationship between risk factor and disease
140
Epidemics
159
Commonsource epidemic
164
Epidemiology and Society
179
U S poverty rates 1966 to 2005
182
Prevalence rate of overweight and obesity United States 1960
188
Screening for Disease
193

Illnessdisease matrix
37
Causation matrix
47
Describing Health and Disease
53
Limitation of Activity Percentage Caused by Chronic
57
Figure
63
Pointsource epidemic
72
Measuring Health and Disease
79
Figure
84
Figure
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Figure
101
Epidemiology Study Designs Observational
113
Framework of observational studies
115
Retrospective study
122
Framework for a randomized clinical trial
129
Validity Calculation Example Sensitivity
201
Community Public Health
211
188
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Healthy People 2010 twentyeight focus areas
221
Diabetes Focus Area
223
Epidemiology Today
229
West Nile Virus Activity United States 2008
237
Overweight and obesity prevalence trend United States 1960
250
Lifetime Asthma Population Estimates by Age United States
253
Notes
259
Index
275
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Peter J. Fos is provost and professor of health sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is an internationally known decision scientist and epidemiologist. He maintains adjunct faculty positions at the University of Southern Mississippi College of Health and at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Health-Related Professions, and is a visiting scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions.

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