Epidemiology: An Introduction

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Oxford University Press, May 25, 2012 - Medical - 280 pages
Across the last forty years, epidemiology has developed into a vibrant scientific discipline that brings together the social and biological sciences, incorporating everything from statistics to the philosophy of science in its aim to study and track the distribution and determinants of health events. A now-classic text, the second edition of this essential introduction to epidemiology presents the core concepts in a unified approach that aims to cut through the fog and elucidate the fundamental concepts. Rather than focusing on formulas or dogma, the book presents basic epidemiologic principles and concepts in a coherent and straightforward exposition. By emphasizing a unifying set of ideas, students will develop a strong foundation for understanding the principles of epidemiologic research.

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Introduction to Epidemiologic Thinking
Pioneers in Epidemiology and Public Health
What Is Causation?
Measuring Disease Occurrence and Causal Effects
Types of Epidemiologic Studies
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Dealing with Biases
Random Error and the Role of Statistics
Controlling Confounding by Stratifying Data
Measuring Interactions
Using Regression Models in Epidemiologic Analysis
Epidemiology in Clinical Settings

Analyzing Simple Epidemiologic Data

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Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH, is a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. He is also Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine at Boston University. His research interests in epidemiology have spanned a wide range of health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurologic disease, birth defects, injuries, environmental exposures, and drug epidemiology, but his main career focus has been the development and teaching of the concepts and methods of epidemiologic research.

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