Foundations of Epidemiology
Marit L. Bovbjerg, Oregon State University
Copyright Year: 2019
Publisher: Oregon State University
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The text is comparable to other introductory textbooks in this field, albeit more brief than other textbooks. Students who utilize this textbook will be exposed to the foundational concepts of epidemiology. Very good option for students with... read more
The text is comparable to other introductory textbooks in this field, albeit more brief than other textbooks. Students who utilize this textbook will be exposed to the foundational concepts of epidemiology. Very good option for students with little to no background in the subject. Glossary is a useful tool that is also integrated throughout the text via clickable text. There is also a very useful appendix on how to read an epidemiologic study that helps students become better consumers of health information.
The text contains several case examples with links to original data source, improving the presentation of unbiased data. Text, images, tables, and figures all appear to be accurate.
Fundamental topics are straightforward and universal. Case examples may need updating depending on the external link longevity.
The author did a good job of explaining epidemiological and statistical terminology in as simple of terms as possible. The integration of definitions via clickable key words is a helpful learning tool for students. Simple examples given to illustrate concepts. Depending on the level of understanding of medical terminology of the students utilizing the textbook, there may be some terminology that students struggle to understand that is not defined (i.e. contraindicated, secondary to, etc.). Overall, the author provides a simple, easy-to-understand introduction to epidemiology.
Each chapter is organized in the same formatting and sequence, starting with learning objectives and a brief chapter introduction and ending with a summary of the chapter's content. Author did an excellent job of highlighting key information in callouts and/or with figures, tables, or examples throughout the chapter.
Text is broken into 11 chapters, each of which contains subheadings that could easily be assigned as reading. The chapters are presented in a way that a course instructor could also change the order of the chapters/readings without hindering the understanding of the presented concepts.
Chapters are all structure in a similar way. Topics included in the textbook are ordered in a logical manner to present the key fundamental concepts of epidemiology.
No issues noted. Links worked and were active. Images are clearly presented with no distortion.
No grammatical errors noted.
No cultural insensitive noted. I think race has an important place in epidemiology that isn't really touched on in this text. Even examples of racial/ethnic disparities would be a good addition to highlight racial inequities in health.
Overall, this is a very strong introductory text to epidemiology. The author writes in a very straightforward manner that makes complex concepts easy to understand. Each chapter has relevant examples and images that enhance learning. I would adopt this textbook for my intro to epidemiology course!
Author does a good job of covering subject and provides excellent glossary. read more
Author does a good job of covering subject and provides excellent glossary.
Book is accurate and free from bias
Text contains information about recent diseases.
The text explains concepts/definitions in language that is appropriate for an introductory text.
All chapters have subheadings
Topics are presented in a logical fashion and explanations are appropriate for beginning epidemiology students.
No issues found
Text is neither offensive nor discriminatory
The author did a very good job of describing, explaining, and defining the field of epidemiology for introductory students. Relative examples are provided and formulas are included for all calculations.
Table of Contents
- 1. What is Epidemiology?
- 2. Measures of Disease Frequency
- 3. Surveillance
- 4. Introduction to 2 x 2 Tables, Epidemiologic Study Design, and Measures of Association
- 5. Random Error
- 6. Bias
- 7. Confounding
- 8. Effect Modification
- 9. Study Designs Revisited
- 10. Causality and Causal Thinking in Epidemiology
- 11. Screening and Diagnostic Testing
About the Book
This book is intended to provide a basic introduction to epidemiologic methods and epidemiologic thinking. After reading this book, you should be able to read an epidemiologic study, understand what the authors did and why, and identify what they found. You will also have the tools to assess the quality of that study—how good is the evidence? What are potential sources of bias, and how might those have affected the results? This book will not teach you enough to be able to design and conduct your own epidemiologic studies—that level of understanding requires several years of specialized training. However, being able to read and understand the scientific literature about human health will allow you to apply that understanding to your own work in a nuanced, sophisticated way.
About the Contributors
Marit L. Bovbjerg, Oregon State University