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Principles of Epidemiology

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Hector Giovanni Antunez, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Publisher: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Part I
    • Author's Biography
    • Introduction
  • Part II
    • 1. What is Epidemiology?
      2. History of Epidemiology
      • Timeline of history of epidemiology
    • 3. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
    • 4. Person, Place and Time
    • 5. Study Designs Commonly used in Epidemiology
    • 6. Basic Epidemiological Methods and Calculations
    • 7. More advanced calculations: Odds Ratios and Relative Risk
  • Glossary

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About the Book

Most books about epidemiology are written for graduate students but this book is especially designed for undergraduates, who are taking an introductory course in epidemiology, and especially for those students who want to know more about epidemiology. But not because it is directed mainly to undergraduates and not to graduate students the course has less rigour and quality, it is because the concepts are introduced, and presented in an easier and simplified form, so, the study of epidemiology becomes less intimidating. While teaching epidemiology for several years, I have found that some students don’t choose epidemiology as a career because the content seems too complicated, presenting the content in a practical manner, and simpler (although some epidemiological concepts are very complex); should motivate students to learn about this subject matter.

About the Contributors


Hector Giovanni Antunez earned a MD in general practice at the National University of Honduras, Medical School, a MPH and a DrPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, and it is a also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He has been teaching epidemiology (and other public health courses) for 18 years at St. Cloud State University, where he works at the Community Health program, Dept. of Kinesiology, College of Wellness and Health Professions. His background on teaching public health courses, including epidemiology came from the mix of degrees that he had obtained, and from the lots of experiences teaching public health courses online and face to face. He recognized that a textbook in epidemiology for undergraduate students is a great need. This textbook is a response to this need. He teaches courses on the area of epidemiology, public health, nutrition, health promotion, environmental health, international health, consumer health, and others. He also provides academic advising to community health students and is engaged in several campus wide activities besides teaching. 

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