Epidemiology is a population science that underpins health improvement and health care, by exploring and establishing the pattern, frequency, trends, and causes of a disease. Concepts of Epidemiology comprehensively describes the application of core epidemiological concepts and principles to readers interested in population health research, policy making, health service planning, health promotion, and clinical care.
The book provides an overview of study designs and practical framework for the geographical analysis of diseases, including accounting for error and bias within studies. It discusses the ways in which epidemiological data are presented, explains the distinction between association and causation, as well as relative and absolute risks, and considers the theoretical and ethical basis of epidemiology both in the past and the future.
This new edition places even greater emphasis on interactive learning. Each chapter includes learning objectives, theoretical and numerical exercises, questions and answers, a summary of the key points, and exemplar panels to illustrate the concepts and methods under consideration.
Written in an accessible and engaging style, with a specialized glossary to explain and de'1fne technical terminology, Concepts of Epidemiology is ideal for postgraduate students in epidemiology, public health, and health policy. It is also perfect for clinicians, undergraduate students and researchers in medicine, nursing and other health disciplines who wish to improve their understanding of fundamental epidemiological concepts.
Review from previous edition Highly commended in the Public Health Category of the BMA Book Awards 2009
`Among many other strengths are an abundance of worked out problems and references to relevant literature that follow each chapter...On balance, Iwould strongly recommend this as a supplementary text that can double as a study guide for the serious graduate student in epidemiology.'
`Case studies are abundant and the questions and answers that end the chapters should be particularly useful for those using the book outside of a course setting. Figures have been used creatively to explain key concepts.'
American Journal of Epidemiology
`There are some undoubted gems in this book.'
The European Journal of Public Health
`The range of topics is broad, updated, and appropriate for an introductory text.'
American Journal of Epidemiology
1: What is epidemiology? The nature, scope, variables, principal measures, and designs of a biological, clinical, social and ecological science
2: The epidemiological concept of population
3: Variation in disease by time, place, and person: Background and a framework for analysis of genetic and environmental effects
4: Error, bias and confounding in epidemiology
5: Cause and effect - The epidemiological approach
6: Interrelated concepts in the epidemiology of disease: Natural history and incubation period, time trends in populations, spectrum, iceberg, and screening
7: The concept of risk and fundamental measures of disease frequency: Incidence and prevalence
8: Summarising, presenting and interpreting epidemiological data: building on incidence and prevalence
9: Epidemiological study designs and principles of data analysis: A conceptually integrated suite of methods and techniques
10: Epidemiology in the past, present and the future: Theory, ethics, context, and critical appraisal
Appendix 1: Possible curriculum for taught courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students and in continuing education
Appendix 2: Useful websites
Number Of Pages: 694
Published: 8th September 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.0
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised