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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.