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Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Author(s): Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH, Brigham Young University, Utah
  • ISBN-13: 9781449667535
  • Product With Access Code    424 pages      © 2013
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This book will familiarize your students with basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. Designed for use in a single course, it will clarify the distinction and complementary roles of epidemiology and biostatistics in a range of settings, and train students on the complementary roles epidemiology and biostatistics play in carrying out selected activities in the health professions.  After completing this book, the student should be able to:

  • Describe epidemiological methods and study designs
  • Select appropriate methodologies for epidemiological investigation
  • Use the epidemiological process to address health care problems
  • Evaluate environmental epidemiology and population surveillance
  • Describe epidemiological measures of health
  • Distinguish the roles and relationships between epidemiology and statistics
  • Combine appropriate epidemiological concepts and statistical measures
  • Calculate probabilities and conditional probabilities of health-related events
About the Author  
  Chapter  1  Introduction
  Chapter  2  Data and Descriptive Measures
  Chapter  3  Standardizing Rates
  Chapter  4  Describing Data with Graphs
  Chapter  5  Life Tables
  Chapter  6  Probability
  Chapter  7  Random Variables and Probability Distributions
  Chapter  8  Estimation and Hypothesis Testing
  Chapter  9  Sample Size
  Chapter  10  Study Designs
  Chapter  11  Statistical Measures of Association among Variables
  Chapter  12  Experimental Studies
  Chapter  13  Survival Analysis
  Chapter  14  Cause and Effect
Appendix  A  SAS Procedure Code
Appendix  B  Tables
Appendix  C  Model Building
Appendix  D  Answers to Exercises

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781449667535

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