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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why Epidemiology?
- Public Health and Community Medicine.
- Definition of Epidemiology.
- Population Health.
- Population Trends.
- Health Costs.
- Global Health Threats.
Chapter 2: History of Epidemiology.
- Historical Perspectives.
- Uses of Epidemiology.
- Examples of Cohort Studies.
Chapter 3: Health and Disease.
- Distinction Between Health and Disease.
- Disease Progression.
- Cause and Effect.
Chapter 4: Describing Health and Disease.
- Descriptive Epidemiology.
- Descriptive Variables.
- Examples of Use of Descriptive Information.
Chapter 5: Measuring Health and Disease.
- Other Measures.
- Graphing Health and Disease Measurements.
Chapter 6: Epidemiology Study Designs: Observational and Experimental Studies.
- Definition of Observational Studies.
- Framework and Types of Observational Studies.
- Descriptive Studies.
- Analytical Studies.
- Examples of Observational Studies.
- Definition of Experimental Studies.
- Framework and Types of Experimental Studies.
- Clinical Trials.
- Bias and Validity.
- Examples of Experimental Studies.
Chapter 7: Uses of Epidemiological Studies.
- Observational Studies.
- Experimental Studies.
Chapter 8: Epidemics.
- Response to Epidemics.
- Reportable Diseases.
Chapter 9: Epidemiology and Society.
- Social Determinants.
- Socioeconomic Factors and Health.
- The Built Environment.
Chapter 10: Screening for Disease.
- Prevention and Epidemiology.
- Accuracy of Screening Tests.
Chapter 11: Community Public Health.
- Community Health Workers.
- Community Level Planning and Evaluation.
- Public Health Programs.
- Public Health Agencies.
Chapter 12: Epidemiology Today.
- Emergency Preparedness.
- Global Health.
- Emerging Diseases.
- Chronic Diseases.
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.