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Essential Epidemiology
An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals

4th Edition

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Martyn Kirk, Adrian Sleigh
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  • Date Published: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Print/online bundle
  • isbn: 9781108766807

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  • Now in its fourth edition, Essential Epidemiology is an engaging and accessible introduction to the foundations of epidemiology. It addresses the study of infectious and chronic diseases, public health and clinical epidemiology, and the role of epidemiology in a range of health monitoring and research activities. Contemporary, historical and hypothetical examples enable students to engage with content, while mathematics is kept understandable with complex mathematics housed in optional material so the book remains accessible. With over ninety questions and answers to work through in the print book, and hundreds more in the interactive eBook, this book is an essential resource for students, practitioners and anyone else who needs to interpret health data in their studies or work. Epidemiology's most important goal is to bring rigour to the collection, analysis and interpretation of health data to improve health on a global scale; Essential Epidemiology provides readers the tools to achieve that goal.

    • Authored by experienced epidemiologists and academics, this book introduces concepts logically and builds knowledge from chapter to chapter
    • Written with clarity for an undergraduate audience, the book explains complicated concepts without losing the nuance or depth required for postgraduates
    • Covers the foundations of public health epidemiology while also integrating clinical epidemiology
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    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Print/online bundle
    • isbn: 9781108766807
    • dimensions: 255 x 190 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 171 colour illus. 61 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Epidemiology is …
    2. How long is a piece of string? Measuring disease frequency
    3. Who, what, where and when? Descriptive epidemiology
    4. Healthy research: study designs for public health
    5. Why? Linking exposure and disease
    6. Heads or tails: the role of chance
    7. All that glitters is not gold: the problem of error
    8. Muddied waters: the challenge of confounding
    9. Reading between the lines: reading and writing epidemiological papers
    10. Who sank the boat? Association and causation
    11. Assembling the building blocks: reviews and their uses
    12. Surveillance: collecting health-related data for epidemiological intelligence and public health action with Martyn Kirk
    13. Outbreaks, epidemics and clusters with Martyn Kirk and Adrian Sleigh
    14. Prevention: better than cure?
    15. Early detection: what benefits at what cost?
    16. Epidemiology and the public's health.

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    Essential Epidemiology

    Penelope Webb, Chris Bain, Andrew Page

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    Penelope Webb, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
    Penelope Webb is a Principal Research Fellow and Group Leader at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, and Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. She taught basic and intermediate epidemiology to public health students across Australia for five years and has worked as a visiting scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, France, and Harvard University, Massachusetts. She has published more than 290 original research papers in the field of epidemiology.

    Chris Bain
    Chris Bain is formerly a Reader in Epidemiology at the University of Queensland and has taught epidemiology to public health and medical students for over three decades Bain has co-authored a book on systematic reviews, as well as many research papers. He has had wide exposure to international epidemiological practice and teaching in the UK and US.

    Andrew Page, Western Sydney University
    Andrew Page is Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University, Australia. He has been teaching basic and intermediate epidemiology and population health courses to health sciences students for thirteen years, and has published over 180 research articles and reports across a diverse range of population health topics. He has been a Research Associate at the University of Bristol and has also worked at the University of Queensland and University of Sydney in Australia.


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