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ISBN: 9780195573893

Published: 24 Nov 11

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Petra Buettner, Reinhold Muller

A Practical Introduction to Epidemiology

Epidemiology is a methodological, well grounded and versatile tool-kit to conduct evidence-based quantitative research in all health sciences. It integrates a wide spectrum of case studies and examples from the different disciplines thereby fostering the multi-disciplinary approach in the health sciences It follows a two level ‘methods based’ approach differentiating between “basic” knowledge that all students of epidemiology should be familiar with and “beyond the basics” information for the interested or more advanced reader.
Key Features

  • Case studies from a variety of different types of studies across many health disciplines
  • Critical thinking exercises are included to remind students about what they’ve learned, and extensive answers to the exercises provide further explanation.
  • Also includes learning objectives, key terms, end of chapter summaries and margin notes to ensure students have a firm grasp of the essential material.
1. What is Epidemiology?
2. Disease Concepts in Epidemiology
3. Identification of Disease - Diagnostic Tests and Screening
4. Measures of Disease Frequency
5. From Research Topic to Research Hypothesis
6. Quantitative Descriptive Study Designs
7. Experimental Designs
8. Observational Designs
9. Sources of Bias
10. Sampling Strategy and Sample Size Calculation
11. Quantitative Methods of Data Collection
12. Statistics with Confidence
13. Ethical Considerations
14. How to Read and Write Scientific Publications

Dr Petra Buettner – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University

Dr Reinhold Muller – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University

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