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    Foundations of Epidemiology

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    Marit L. Bovbjerg, Oregon State University

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    Publisher: Oregon State University

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Ziyad Ben Taleb, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 3/25/24

    The content covered appears comprehensive, well-written, and appropriate for an introductory epidemiology course. It efficiently discusses fundamental epidemiological concepts such as the definition of epidemiology, measures of disease frequency... read more

    Reviewed by Jessica Cataldo, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale on 1/31/22

    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

    Reviewed by Laura Link, Program Director, Radford University on 7/5/20

    Author does a good job of covering subject and provides excellent glossary. read more

    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

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    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.

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    Marit L. Bovbjerg, Oregon State University

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