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Environmental Epidemiology: Principles and Methods

Author(s): Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH, Brigham Young University, Utah
  • ISBN-13: 9780763741525
  • ISBN-10:0763741523
  • Paperback    483 pages      © 2008
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From the author of the bestselling Introduction to Epidemiology, this new book presents basic concepts and research methods used in environmental epidemiology and the application of environmental epidemiology to influencing human health and well-being. The first eight chapters cover basic concepts and research methods used in environmental epidemiology. The following chapters focus on the application of environmental epidemiology to specific environmental factors associated with health.

Developed for an introductory course in environmental epidemiology, Environmental Epidemiology is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in public health, as well as field public health workers.



  • Chapter topics represent fundamental concepts, research methods, and application areas in environmental epidemiology.
  • Learning objectives are presented at the beginning of each chapter.
  • The chapters are divided into concise sections with several examples.
  • Tables and figures summarize and clarify important concepts and information.
  • Key words are bolded in the text and defined.
  • Study questions with descriptive answers are provided at the end of each chapter.



About the Author
Part I Concepts and Research Methods in Environmental Epidemiology
   Chapter 1  Introduction to Environmental Epidemiology
   Chapter 2 Basic Elements of Research in Environmental Epidemiology
   Chapter 3 Causal Inference
   Chapter 4 Research Designs and Statistical Inference
   Chapter 5 Disease Clusters
   Chapter 6 Evaluating Dose-Response Relationships
   Chapter 7 Mapping and Geographic Information Systems
   Chapter 8 Time Trends
Part II Applications of Environmental Epidemiology to Health and Well-Being
   Chapter 9 Monitoring Environmental Health
   Chapter 10 Indoor and Ambient Air Quality and Health
   Chapter 11 Water and Health
   Chapter 12 Soil and Food Contaminants and Health
   Chapter 13 Radiation and Health
   Chapter 14 Climate Change
   Chapter 15 Epidemiologic Assessment of the Relation between Climate Change and Health
Appendix I Selected Statistical Techniques and Tests
Appendix II Exposure History Questionnaire
Appendix III Measures and Data Sources for Environmental Public Health Indicators
Appendix IV Potential Sources of Data and Information for Environmental Public Health Indicators


Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH-Brigham Young University, Utah

Ray M. Merrill, Ph.D., M.P.H. has been actively involved in epidemiology since his professional career began in 1995. As a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, he worked with leading researchers in the area of cancer epidemiology. In 1998 he joined the faculty in the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where he continued his research in epidemiology. Since 1999 he has also held an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah. In 2001, he spent a sabbatical working in the Unit of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention at the International Agency for Research on Cancer Administration, Lyon, France. He has won various awards for his research in cancer epidemiology.

Dr. Merrill currently teaches introductory and advanced level classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. He has over 100 professional publications in epidemiology and public health journals. He is currently a full professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Brigham Young University.

  • "On balance, this book is an excellent text for teaching environmental epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate level students. Professionals working in environmental epidemiology and other branches of the discipline should also find this book to be an outstanding resource."

    - Harvey Checkoway 
    Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences,
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    (American Journal of Epidemiology Book Review, January 2009)

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