Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 468 pages
This innovative new text provides a current, comprehensive introduction to principles applied in the practice of epidemiology in public health. It incorporates modern ideas in epidemiological thinking that have been largely omitted in other textbooks, providing an overview that is up-to-date and thorough. This book 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.[...] It combines theory and practice in presenting traditional and new epidemiologic concepts. 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.[...]. 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. [Ed.]
 

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Contents

The Approach and Evolution of Epidemiology
1
Measures of Disease Frequency
33
Comparing Disease Frequencies
58
Sources of Public Health Data
74
Descriptive Epidemiology
95
Overview of Epidemiologic Study Designs
135
Experimental Studies
163
Cohort Studies
193
Confounding
281
Random Error
299
Effect Measure Modification
334
Guide to the Critical Review of Epidemiologic Studies
348
The Epidemiologic Approach to Causation
375
Screening in Public Health Practice
402
Answers to Exercises
431
Index
448

CaseControl Studies
221
Bias
251

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About the author (2003)

George R. Seage III is currently Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

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