Epidemiology Kept Simple: An Introduction to Traditional and Modern Epidemiologyby B. Burt Gerstman
Epidemiology Kept Simple introduces the epidemiological principles and methods that are increasingly important in the practice of medicine and public health. With minimum use of technical language it fully explains terminology, concepts, and techniques associated with traditional and modern epidemiology. Topics include disease causality, epidemiologic/i>
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Epidemiology Kept Simple introduces the epidemiological principles and methods that are increasingly important in the practice of medicine and public health. With minimum use of technical language it fully explains terminology, concepts, and techniques associated with traditional and modern epidemiology. Topics include disease causality, epidemiologic measures, descriptive epidemiology, study design, clinical and primary prevention trials, observational cohort studies, case-control studies, and the consideration of random and systematic error in studies of causal factors. Chapters on the infectious disease process, outbreak investigation, and screening for disease are also included. The latter chapters introduce more advanced biostatistical and epidemiologic techniques, such as survival analysis, Mantel-Haenszel techniques, and tests for interaction.
This third edition addresses all the requirements of the American Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Epidemiological Competencies, and provides enhanced clarity and
readability on this difficult subject. Updated with new practical exercises, case studies and real world examples, this title helps you develop the necessary tools to interpret epidemiological data and prepare for board exams, and now also includes review questions at the end of each chapter.
Epidemiology Kept Simple continues to provide an introductory guide to the use of epidemiological methods for graduate and undergraduate students studying public health, health education and nursing, and for all practicing health professionals seeking professional development.
Description: This introductory book describes the overall components of epidemiology. This update to the 2003 edition includes the new competencies for epidemiology from the American Schools of Public Health (ASPH), which are key to the success of new and upcoming epidemiologists.
Purpose: In addition to properly introducing the new epidemiology competencies from ASPH, the book also seeks to update the previous edition with more examples, review questions at the end of chapters, and stronger sections dealing with different study designs.
Audience: Students appear to be the intended audience, and the book does a good job targeting them with its use of examples, which are wonderful aids for mastering the subject. The author has a strong academic background in epidemiology as well as a strong history of publishing works on epidemiology and statistics.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics, from the basic history of epidemiology to different types of studies and ways to evaluate those studies. The most innovative and influential methods the book uses are the case studies and real life examples, which provide readers with a direct application of concepts. Chapters directly addressing ASPH competencies would have benefitted from a reiteration of the ASPH competency in the introductory sentences. For example, chapter 3, which addresses epidemiological measures, could have included a sentence stating that the chapter will explore measures used in epidemiology and how to calculate these measures.
Assessment: This book introduces epidemiology in a concise, organized fashion and provides direct applications of the studies. This edition does a good job of updating the previous editions, which have not covered the ASPH epidemiology competencies.
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Meet the Author
B. Burt (“Bud”) Gerstman has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Comparative Pathology from the University of California, Davis, a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University. He teaches courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health statistics at San Jose State University in Northern California. Before coming to SJSU in 1990, he was a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health - U.S. Public Health Service Epidemiology Training Program and a member of the faculty at the Graduate School at National Institutes of Health. He has won numerous awards and is widely published. His most recent project was the development and publication of an epidemiology textbook and he is currently at work on a text on data analysis.
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