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Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health, Fourth Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access

Author(s): Ann Aschengrau, ScD, Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
George R. Seage, ScD, Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • ISBN-13: 9781284128352
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     750 pages      © 2020
  • Will Publish: 9/4/2018
Price: $89.95 US List
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Successfully tested in the authors' courses at Boston University and Harvard University, Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health, Fourth 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 Fourth Edition retains its familiar 17-chapter structure but adds some important updates:

  • Completely updated with new examples and the latest public health statistics throughout
  • A new section on investigating infectious disease outbreaks
  • A new section exploring the Ebola outbreak including an in-depth investigation of what happened
  • Examples used to illustrate epidemiological principles have been updated and add greater emphasis on social factors that influence health, such as racism
  • Straightforward descriptions of the latest epidemiologic methods including mediation analysis, agent-based modelling, and the use of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) to assess confounding.
  • New figures and graphs to llustrate epidemiologic principles 
  • Updated information and links to on-line resources in the chapter on Sources of Public Health Data 
  • An expanded glossary and key terms highlighted throughout the text
  • Five to ten new questions in each set of chapter questions, many of which involve critical thinking and/or calculations to help students achieve a greater depth of understanding 
  • Enhanced and updated instructor support materials 
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 (Chapters 1–17)

Ann Aschengrau, ScD-Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

George R. Seage, ScD-Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts