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Epidemiology Foundations is an accessible introduction to epidemiology. This comprehensive resource covers the topic including information on its foundations, history, health and disease, descriptive epidemiology, measurement, study designs, uses, epidemics, social epidemiology, screening, community health, and global health. This book has been developed to closely respond to recommendations by the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education and is designed for use an introductory text for a course in epidemiology or in any class that features the topic epidemiology. CONTENTS List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. ONE WHY EPIDEMIOLOGY? Introduction. Public Health and Community Medicine. Definition of Epidemiology. Population Health. Population Trends. Health Costs. Global Health Threats. Summary. TWO HISTORY OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. Historical Perspectives. Uses of Epidemiology. Examples of Cohort Studies. Summary. THREE HEALTH AND DISEASE. Definitions. Distinction Between Health and Disease. Disease Progression. Cause and Effect. Summary. FOUR DESCRIBING HEALTH AND DISEASE. Descriptive Epidemiology. Hypotheses. Descriptive Variables. Examples of Use of Descriptive Information. Summary. FIVE MEASURING HEALTH AND DISEASE. Morbidity. Mortality. Other Measures. Graphing Health and Disease Measurements. Confounding. Summary. SIX EPIDEMIOLOGY STUDY DESIGNS: OBSERVATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES. Definition of Observational Studies. Framework and Types of Observational Studies. Descriptive Studies. Analytical Studies. Examples of Observational Studies. Definition of Experimental Studies. Framework and Types of Experimental Studies. Clinical Trials. Bias and Validity. Examples of Experimental Studies. Summary. SEVEN USES OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES. Introduction. Observational Studies. Experimental Studies. Summary. EIGHT EPIDEMICS. Definition. Transmission. Response to Epidemics. Surveillance. Reportable Diseases. Examples. Summary. NINE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SOCIETY. Introduction. Social Determinants. Socioeconomic Factors and Health. The Built Environment. Summary. TEN SCREENING FOR DISEASE. Prevention and Epidemiology. Screening. Accuracy of Screening Tests. Example of Validity Measurement. Summary ELEVEN COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH. Introduction. Community Health Workers. Community Level Planning Evaluation. Examples. Public Health Programs. Public Health Agencies. Summary. TWELVE EPIDEMIOLOGY TODAY. Emergency Preparedness. Global Health. Emerging Diseases. Chronic Diseases. Summary. References.
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January 25, 2011
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