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Overview

This text focuses on areas of public health practice in which the systematic application of epidemiologic methods can have a large and positive impact. It describes how best to apply traditional epidemiologic methods for determining disease etiology to "real-life" problems in public health and health services research. Brownson and Petitti's much-needed book bridges the gap between theoretical epidemiology and public health practice, and covers a number of topics not addressed by other epidemiology texts with a focus on methods. This second edition contains a new chapter on the development and use of systematic reviews and one on epidemiology and the law. Each chapter includes one or more case studies intended to illustrate major points from the chapter and to provide a basis for teaching exercises. All of the chapters are authored by leading experts in the fields of epidemiology and public health, and all are fully revised and updated.

The book is intended for practitioners in epidemiology as well as for students in epidemiology and related disciplines that rely on epidemiologic methods and reasoning. It is a practical and informative book for use in academic institutions, federal agencies which have significant educational missions, state and local public health agencies, and health care organizations. By providing a resource of immense accessibility to several key audiences, this edition of Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice further extends the fields ability to make a real difference on behalf of better health for all.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A distinguished all-American multi-author offering...Excellent chapters on Public Health Surveillance, Outbreak and Cluster Investigation, and Epidemiologic Issues in Community Interventions."—Public Health
Bernard J. Turnock
There are many excellent epidemiology texts that present the basic concepts, principles, and theory of the field. Such texts provide a foundation for understanding how these tools can be applied to various real world problems and situations. This book takes a different approach and addresses many of the practical applications of epidemiology. The applied approach taken by this text is particularly well-suited to meet the needs of health professionals in public health or clinical practice and students in the various health professions. An exposure to the basics of epidemiology is still necessary for these audiences, but makes this text a useful adjunct to an introductory course or a solid text for a course in applied epidemiology. A dozen chapters cover the waterfront from traditional public health applications like outbreak investigation and surveillance to more current topics like outcome research and economic analysis. Each chapter has case studies and related discussion questions to expand the learning potential of the material. Other features of the book are unremarkable. The references are plentiful, pertinent, and generally quite current. The use of illustrations varies considerably from chapter to chapter, not unexpected in an edited text. This is a useful, interesting, and needed contribution to the field. The book deals with important and timely applications of epidemiology written by highly credible contributors and a distinguished pair of editors. This book well serves many audiences and is highly recommended for health science libraries at all levels.
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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: There are many excellent epidemiology texts that present the basic concepts, principles, and theory of the field. Such texts provide a foundation for understanding how these tools can be applied to various real world problems and situations.
Purpose: This book takes a different approach and addresses many of the practical applications of epidemiology.
Audience: The applied approach taken by this text is particularly well-suited to meet the needs of health professionals in public health or clinical practice and students in the various health professions. An exposure to the basics of epidemiology is still necessary for these audiences, but makes this text a useful adjunct to an introductory course or a solid text for a course in applied epidemiology.
Features: A dozen chapters cover the waterfront from traditional public health applications like outbreak investigation and surveillance to more current topics like outcome research and economic analysis. Each chapter has case studies and related discussion questions to expand the learning potential of the material. Other features of the book are unremarkable. The references are plentiful, pertinent, and generally quite current. The use of illustrations varies considerably from chapter to chapter, not unexpected in an edited text.
Assessment: This is a useful, interesting, and needed contribution to the field. The book deals with important and timely applications of epidemiology written by highly credible contributors and a distinguished pair of editors. This book well serves many audiences and is highly recommended for health science libraries at all levels.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195187410
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,343,799
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Community Health, St. Louis University School of Public Health.
Diana B. Petitti, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Southern California Region, Passadena.

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Table of Contents

1. Epidemiology: A Foundation of Public Health, Ross C. Brownson, PhD and Christine M. Hoehner, PhD
2. Public Health Surveillance, Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc and Donna F. Stroup, PhD, MSc
3. Outbreak and Cluster Investigations, Ross C. Brownson, PhD
4. Systematic Reviews in Public Health, Melissa L. McPheeters, PhD, MPH, Peter Briss, MD, MPH, Steven J. Teutsch, MD, MPH, and Benedict Truman, MPH
5. Epidemiology and Risk Assessment, Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, Ronald H. White, MST, and Thomas A. Burke, PhD
6. Epidemiologic Issues in Community Intervention, Adrian Bauman, MB.BS, PhD, FAFPHM and Thomas D. Koepsell, MD, MPH
7. Outcomes Research, Diana B. Petitti, MD, MPH
8. Measuring the Quality of Health Care, Andy Amster, MSPH, Greg Zeisler, MPH, and Diana P. Petitti, MD
9. Epidemiology and Health Policy, Ross C. Brownson, PhD
10. Epidemiology and the Law, Richard A. Goodman, MD, JD, MPH, Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH, and Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD
11. Communicating Epidemiologic Information, Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH, and David Nelson, MD, MPH

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