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Across the last forty years, epidemiology has developed into a vibrant scientific discipline that brings together the social and biological sciences, incorporating everything from statistics to the philosophy of science in its aim to study and track the distribution and determinants of health events. A now-classic text, the second edition of this essential introduction to epidemiology presents the core concepts in a unified approach that aims to cut through the fog and elucidate the fundamental concepts. Rather than focusing on formulas or dogma, the book presents basic epidemiologic principles and concepts in a coherent and straightforward exposition. By emphasizing a unifying set of ideas, students will develop a strong foundation for understanding the principles of epidemiologic research.


  • Comprehensive and lucid revision of a classroom-proven text
  • Develops a useful platform for considering paths for further study
  • Designed for introductory courses and newly minted professionals
  • Summarizes the basic principles of infectious disease spread
  • Chapter-length addition explores the contributions by the pioneers of epidemiology

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Epidemiologic Thinking
  2. Pioneers in Epidemiology and Public Health
  3. What Is Causation?
  4. Measuring Disease Occurrence and Causal Effects
  5. Types of Epidemiologic Studies
  6. Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  7. Dealing with Biases
  8. Random Error and the Role of Statistics
  9. Analyzing Simple Epidemiologic Data
  10. Controlling Confounding by Stratifying Data
  11. Measuring Interactions
  12. Using Regression Models in Epidemiologic Analysis
  13. Epidemiology in Clinical Settings

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