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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199239481
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/11/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (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

1 Introducing the history of epidemiology 1
2 Epidemiology and public health 21
3 Important concepts in epidemiology 33
4 Study design 41
5 Statistics in epidemiology 53
6 A first course in epidemiologic principles and methods 63
7 Biomarkers 77
8 Questionnaires in epidemiology 89
9 Routine registries 99
10 Environment 107
11 Occupation 117
12 Life style and life course 129
13 Pharmacoepidemiology 143
14 Nutritional epidemiology 155
15 General epidemiology of infectious diseases 171
16 Cancer epidemiology 193
17 Psychiatric epidemiology 215
18 Neurologic diseases 229
19 Clinical epidemiology 237
20 Perinatal epidemiology 253
21 Dental epidemiology 265
22 Epidemiology of injuries 277
23 Genetic epidemiology 295
24 Study of clustering and outbreaks 311
25 Field studies in developing countries 321
26 Epidemiology inside and outside the classroom 333
27 Computer-assisted learning - principles and practice 351
28 Exercise 359
29 Competency-based curriculum in epidemiology 373
Index 395
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