Essential Epidemiology

Essential Epidemiology : An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals

By (author) Penny Margaret Webb , By (author) Chris Bain


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The new edition of this popular textbook remains a clear and practical introduction to epidemiology for students in all areas of health. By emphasising the role of epidemiology across a broad range of health monitoring and research, it gives students an understanding of the fundamental principles common to all areas of epidemiology. It also integrates the study of infectious and chronic diseases as well as public health and clinical epidemiology. Avoiding complex mathematics, it steps through the methods and potential problems underlying health data and reports, while maintaining a balance of rigour and clarity. The nuts-and-bolts of epidemiology are embedded in the wider international health perspective through recent and classical examples across different areas of health to engage students from a range of backgrounds. Concepts are illustrated with charts and graphs, and end-of-chapter questions test understanding (with answers provided). Online resources include further exercises, slides for teaching and useful weblinks.

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  • Paperback | 465 pages
  • 186 x 242 x 24mm | 961.61g
  • 31 Jan 2011
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 78 colour illus. 62 tables
  • 0521177316
  • 9780521177313
  • 4,331

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Penny Webb is a Senior Research Fellow and Head, Gynaecological Cancers Group, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia. Chris Bain is Reader in Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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'In this book, the authors have succinctly outlined the key concepts in modern epidemiology ... the way forward is to 'think smarter' - this book provides the ideal starting point for those wanting to do just that.' International Journal of Epidemiology

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