Teaching Epidemiology: A guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine / Edition 3

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Overview

Teaching epidemiology requires skill and knowledge, combined with a clear teaching strategy and good pedagogic skills. The general advice is simple: if you are not an expert on a topic, try to enrich your background knowledge before you start teaching. Teaching Epidemiology, third edition helps you to do this, and by providing the world-expert teacher's advice on how best to structure teaching gives a unique insight in to what has worked in their hands. The book will help you plan your own tailored teaching program.

The book is a guide to new teachers in the field at two levels; those teaching basic courses for undergraduates, and those teaching more advanced courses for students at postgraduate level. Each chapter provides key concepts and a list of key references. Subject specific methodology and disease specific issues (from cancer to genetic epidemiology) are dealt with in details. There is also a focused chapter on the principles and practice of computer-assisted learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martha L Carvour, MD, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This teaching guide provides a well-organized summary of the instructional content, design, and methods for various topics in epidemiology. It compiles the contributions of over 40 authors and expands upon the previous edition (2001) with both updated content and additional topics.
Purpose: The editors aim to provide background information, pedagogic guidelines, and reference materials for teachers of epidemiology. The representation of a diverse group of topics, which together comprise the teaching of epidemiology, in a single resource is a worthy undertaking.
Audience: The authors and editors offer a valuable tool for teachers of epidemiology at all levels of experience. The graduate student tasked with a teaching assistantship, the faculty member designing a new course, and the teacher evaluating an approach to an existing course will find practical and relevant insight from experienced contributors using this guide.
Features: The book addresses a diverse array of topics, from coursework in general principles and methods to specific subdisciplines in the field (infectious disease, cancer, injury, etc.). The excellent coverage of genetic epidemiology as well as the information on field studies, computer-assisted learning, and competency-based curriculum add to the appeal of this resource for teachers in the modern academic environment. This third edition marks a timely and worthwhile revision, with new chapters on topics such as social inequity and climate change. With some notable exceptions, however, the use of figures and tables as pedagogic aids is somewhat limited, although such aids are often necessary, or at least expected, in today's teaching environments.
Assessment: This is a valuable reference for teachers at all levels of experience. It serves as an effective guide for instructional design and offers specific information for the diverse subdisciplines and teaching topics in this field. Now in its third, expanded edition, it represents the expertise of over 40 authors and covers the fundamental and emerging topics important to the modern epidemiology classroom.
From The Critics
Reviewer:This is a valuable reference for teachers at all levels of experience. It serves as an effective guide for instructional design and offers specific information for the diverse subdisciplines and teaching topics in this field. Now in its third, expanded edition, it represents the expertise of over 40 authors and covers the fundamental and emerging topics important to the modern epidemiology classroom.
Description:
Purpose:This teaching guide provides a well-organized summary of the instructional content, design, and methods for various topics in epidemiology. It compiles the contributions of over 40 authors and expands upon the previous edition (2001) with both updated content and additional topics.
Audience:The editors aim to provide background information, pedagogic guidelines, and reference materials for teachers of epidemiology. The representation of a diverse group of topics, which together comprise the teaching of epidemiology, in a single resource is a worthy undertaking.
Features:The authors and editors offer a valuable tool for teachers of epidemiology at all levels of experience. The graduate student tasked with a teaching assistantship, the faculty member designing a new course, and the teacher evaluating an approach to an existing course will find practical and relevant insight from experienced contributors using this guide.
Assessment:The book addresses a diverse array of topics, from coursework in general principles and methods to specific subdisciplines in the field (infectious disease, cancer, injury, etc.). The excellent coverage of genetic epidemiology as well as the information on field studies, computer-assisted learning, and competency-based curriculum add to the appeal of this resource for teachers in the modern academic environment. This third edition marks a timely and worthwhile revision, with new chapters on topics such as social inequity and climate change. With some notable exceptions, however, the use of figures and tables as pedagogic aids is somewhat limited, although such aids are often necessary, or at least expected, in today's teaching environments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199239474
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 493,546
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorn Olsen is Professor and Chair in the Department of Pulbic Health at UCLA and Professor of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the University of Aarhus, Denmark where he was awarded his MD in Medicine and his PhD in Epidemiology. He has published extensively in the field of Epidemiology and has served as a member of the Governing Board of the International Association for Research on Cancer and as President elect of the International Epidemiological Association. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, MD, PhD has served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention. He is the Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor of Medical Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and a Regular Member of the Athens Academy.
He has received various distinctions, including the Distinguished Physician, Hellenic Medical Society of New York (1999), Hygeia Award, New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society (2001), Julius Richmond Award for demonstrating the association of passive smoking with lung cancer (2004), Medal of Honour, International Agency for Research on Cancer - WHO (2007), Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK (2008). Rodolfo Saracci worked for thirty years (1976-2006) as Chief of Analytical Epidemiology and later as consultant at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon. He is currently Adjunct Professor, University of Aarhus (Denmark), and has been director since 1988 of the summer didactic programme "European Educational Programme in Epidemiology" (Florence,Italy). He has authored some two hundred publications in Medline, most on cancer as related to environment and nutrition, and on empirical research on ethical issues in medicine & epidemiology. His qualifications/awards include Former President (1996-99) International Epidemiological Association; Founder and Emeritus Member, Italian Association of Epidemiology (AIE, Associazione Italiana Epidemiologia); currently Associate Editor, International Epidemiological Association; and Former Member of editorial boards 'American Journal of Epidemiology' and 'Epidemiology'.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Part 1 Context

1 Introducing the history of epidemiology Rodolfo Saracci Saracci, Rodolfo 3

2 Important concepts in epidemiology Olli S. Miettinen Miettinen, Olli S. 25

3 Study design Olga Basso Basso, Olga 51

4 Statistics in epidemiology Per Kragh Andersen Andersen, Per Kragh 67

5 Teaching a first course in epidemiologic principles and methods Kenneth J. Rothman Rothman, Kenneth J. 77

Part 2 Exposure-oriented epidemiology

6 Questionnaires in epidemiology Jorn Olsen Olsen, Jorn 93

7 Environment Anders Ahlbom Ahlbom, Anders 105

8 Occupational epidemiology Neil Pearce Pearce, Neil 115

9 Lifecourse epidemiology Diana Kuh Kuh, Diana 127

10 Pharmacoepidemiology Susan Jick Jick, Susan 143

11 Nutritional epidemiology Walter C. Willett Willett, Walter C. 159

12 Genetic epidemiology Susan Service Service, Susan 177

13 Teaching molecular epidemiology Betsy Foxman Foxman, Betsy 203

14 Social inequalities in health Nancy Krieger Krieger, Nancy 215

15 Climate change and human health: issues for teacher and classroom Ulisses Confalonieri Confalonieri, Ulisses 241

Part 3 Outcome-oriented epidemiology

16 Infectious disease epidemiology Marc Lipsitch Lipsitch, Marc 271

17 Cancer epidemiology Dimitrios Trichopoulos Trichopoulos, Dimitrios 291

18 Teaching a course in psychiatric epidemiology Ezra Susser Susser, Ezra 311

19 Neurologic diseases J. F. Rothrock Rothrock, J. F. 325

20 Reproductive epidemiology Ellen Aagaard Nehr Nehr, Ellen Aagaard 345

21 Teaching chronic respiratory disease epidemiology Josep M. Anto Anto, Josep M. 359

22 Epidemiology of injuries Mark Stevenson Stevenson, Mark 377

23 Dental epidemiology Georgios Tsakos Tsakos, Georgios 397

24 Clinical epidemiology Henrik Toft Sorensen Sorensen, Henrik Toft 411

25 Study of clustering and outbreaks Paul Elliott Elliott, Paul 429

26 Field studies in developing countries Anita Sandstrom Sandstrom, Anita 441

27 Registries and medical databases John A. Baron Baron, John A. 455

28 Teaching epidemiology inside and outside the classroom J. H. Abramson Abramson, J. H. 467

Part 4 Pedagogies

29 Computer-assisted learning---principles and practice Ralph R. Frerichs Frerichs, Ralph R. 495

30 Competency-based curriculum in epidemiology Jonathan Samet Samet, Jonathan 509

31 Guide for teaching assistants in a methods course at a department of epidemiology Tarun Bhatnagar Bhatnagar, Tarun 519

Index 531

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