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Epidemiology for Public Health Practice, Fifth Edition

Author(s): Robert H. Friis, PhD, Emeritus Professor and Chair, Department of Health Science - California State University, Long Beach
Thomas Sellers, PhD, MPH, Associate Center Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9781449665494
  • Product With Access Code    808 pages      © 2014
Price: $132.95 US List
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Instructor Resources: Transition Guide, Instructor's Manual, PowerPoints, Test Bank, Image Bank

Student Resources: Companion Website

Now in its Fifth Edition, this best-selling text offers comprehensive coverage of all the major topics in introductory epidemiology. With extensive treatment of the heart of epidemiology—from study designs to descriptive epidemiology to quantitative measures—this reader-friendly text is accessible and interesting to a wide range of beginning students in all health-related disciplines. A unique focus is given to real-world applications of epidemiology and the development of skills that students can apply in subsequent course work and in the field.  

The Fifth Edition is a thorough revision with updated data throughout including: the top 10 leading causes of death, motor vehicle traffic death rates, mortality ratios, infant mortality rates, cancer deaths rates, tuberculosis incidence, life expectancy, incidence of AIDS, breast cancer death rates, tobacco consumption, dementia, suicide rates, unintentional injuries and much more.

New to This Edition  
About the Authors  
  Chapter  1  History and Scope of Epidemiology
  Chapter  2  Practical Applications of Epidemiology
  Chapter  3  Measures of Morbidity and Morality Used in Epidemiology
  Chapter  4  Descriptive Epidemiology: Person, Place, Time
  Chapter  5  Sources of Data for Use in Epidemiology
  Chapter  6  Study Designs: Ecologic, Cross-Sectional, Case-Control
  Chapter  7  Study Designs: Cohort Studies
  Chapter  8  Experimental Study Designs
  Chapter  9  Measures of Effect
  Chapter  10  Data Interpretation Issues
  Chapter  11  Screening for Disease in the Community
  Chapter  12  Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  Chapter  13  Epidemiologic Aspects of Work and the Environment
  Chapter  14  Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
  Chapter  15  Social, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Epidemiology
  Chapter  16  Epidemiology as a Profession
Appendix A  Guide to the Critical Appraisal of an Epidemiologic/Public Health Research Article
Appendix B  Answers to Selected Study Questions

Robert H. Friis, PhD-Emeritus Professor and Chair, Department of Health Science - California State University, Long Beach

Robert H. Friis, PhD, earned his doctorate from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.


He has had more than three decades of teaching and research experience in epidemiology. Formerly, he was Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Health Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.


Subsequently, he was Director of the Field Epidemiology Unit at the Orange County (California) Public Health Department. Later he became a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Currently, he is Professor and Chair of the Health Science Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he has taught introductory epidemiology and biostatistics.


He has been involved in numerous epidemiologic research projects and has published more than 50 professional and scientific articles. He is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association. He is also Clinical Professor of Community and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. 


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Thomas Sellers, PhD, MPH-Associate Center Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Florida

Thomas A. Sellers, PhD, MPH, earned his doctorate in epidemiology from Tulane University and has postdoctoral training in genetic epidemiology. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Community Nutrition from University of California at Davis.  For nine years he was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he taught the Introduction to Epidemiology course for non-majors. He is currently Associate Center Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida. Dr. Sellers has published more than 150 articles, letters, and book chapters with a primary focus on the etiology of common cancers.  He has maintained continuous funding for his research from the National Cancer Institute for almost 15 years.  The range and diversity of his experience is evident in many of the study examples presented in the text.

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