Successfully tested in the authors' courses at Boston University and Harvard University, Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health, Third Edition 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.
Full chapters on bias, confounding, and random error, including the role 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.
The Third Edition is a thorough update that offers:
- New examples, the latest references, and public health statistics.
- Nearly 50 new review questions.
- Updated discussion of certain epidemiologic methods.
- New figures depicting epidemiologic concepts.
Table of Contents
New To This Edition
Chapter 1 The Approach and Evolution of Epidemiology
Chapter 2 Measures of Disease Frequency
Chapter 3 Comparing Disease Frequencies
Chapter 4 Sources of Public Health Data
Chapter 5 Descriptive Epidemiology
Chapter 6 Overview of Epidemiologic Study Designs
Chapter 7 Experimental Studies
Chapter 8 Cohort Studies
Chapter 9 Case-Control Studies
Chapter 10 Bias
Chapter 11 Confounding
Chapter 12 Random Error
Chapter 13 Effect Measure Modification
Chapter 14 Critical Review of Epidemiologic Studies
Chapter 15 The Epidemiologic Approach to Causation
Chapter 16 Screening in Public Health Practice
Chapter 17 Ethics in Research Involving Human Participants
Chapter 18 Answers to Chapter Questions
About the Authors
Ann Aschengrau, ScD, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
George R. Seage, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts