Epidemiology Kept Simple: An Introduction to Traditional and Modern Epidemiology Edition 3

by B. Burt Gerstman

Epidemiology Kept Simple introduces the epidemiological principles and methods that are increasingly important in the practice of medicine and public health. With minimum use of technical language it fully explains terminology, concepts, and techniques associated with traditional and modern epidemiology. Topics include disease causality, epidemiologic measures, descriptive epidemiology, study design, clinical and primary prevention trials, observational cohort studies, case-control studies, and the consideration of random and systematic error in studies of causal factors. Chapters on the infectious disease process, outbreak investigation, and screening for disease are also included. The latter chapters introduce more advanced biostatistical and epidemiologic techniques, such as survival analysis, Mantel-Haenszel techniques, and tests for interaction.

This third edition addresses all the requirements of the American Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Epidemiological Competencies, and provides enhanced clarity and readability on this difficult subject. Updated with new practical exercises, case studies and real world examples, this title helps you develop the necessary tools to interpret epidemiological data and prepare for board exams, and now also includes review questions at the end of each chapter.

Epidemiology Kept Simple continues to provide an introductory guide to the use of epidemiological methods for graduate and undergraduate students studying public health, health education and nursing, and for all practicing health professionals seeking professional development.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

With the increasing availability of genetic information about human populations, the field of epidemiology has become more relevant than ever to the health sciences. Epidemiology is taught widely, not only to medical and graduate students, but as a part of courses in many different health-related fields where students will be introduced to the discipline for the first time. This book will provide a clear, concise introductory-level text that will be accessible to beginning students, and that will also be useful as a primer to qualified professionals in health care fields that wish to understand the newest concepts in the field.

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