Methods in Field Epidemiology

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2012 - Medical - 349 pages
This unique guidebook covers all aspects of practical field epidemiologic investigation. It explains the requirements, defines terms, and illustrates many examples of how to undertake the tasks of the public health epidemiologist during a field investigation. Unlike other texts of its kind, it breaks down each function of field epidemiology to its constituent parts and thoroughly answers questions related to them. Topics include: public health surveillance; qualifying a potential outbreak; assembling and equipping a team; hypothesis generation and descriptive epidemiology; epidemiological studies; hypothesis-testing interviews; data analysis; writing a report; public health laboratory’s role in field; environmental health components; investigating non-infectious health events; forensic epidemiology investigations; GIS; and special considerations. The text is accompanied by a complete package of instructor resources including Sample Syllabus, Instructor's Manual, TestBank, and PowerPoint slides.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction to Outbreak Investigations
5
Public Health Surveillance
23
Is a Potential Outbreak Real?
55
Assembling and Equipping an Outbreak Investigation Team
77
Hypothesis Generation and Descriptive Epidemiology
97
Epidemiological Studies in Outbreak Investigations
131
HypothesisTesting Interviews
157
Writing an Outbreak Investigation Report
209
The Public Health Laboratorys Role in Field Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigation
223
Environmental Health Components of an Outbreak Investigation
243
Investigating Noninfectious Health Events in Public Health Practice
259
Forensic Epidemiology Investigations
287
Geographic Information Systemsfor Field Epidemiology
301
Special Considerations
323
Index
337

Data Analysis
181

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Director North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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