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Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0763725372
ISBN-10: 0763725374
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763725374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763725372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent introduction to epidemiology. The authors present epidemiologic concepts in an easy-to-understand manner with interesting supportive examples from the fields of reproductive health and HIV epidemiology. In addition to the standard chapters on study design, bias, and confounding, the book also includes very good chapters on measurement error, causation, and screening, as well as tried-and-proven guidelines for a critical review of epidemiologic studies. This text should be very helpful to beginning masters and doctoral students in epidemiology and public health.
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This was a required text for a graduate intro to epidemiology course that I took, and I've held on to it since then. Overall the content is well organized and clearly written. That being said, there were also a few important sections that I found very confusing, and there do appear to be at least a few errors in text and arithmetic. The authors are generally fairly concise in their descriptions of types of studies, sources of error, etc., which makes for good overall readability, however I often wished they would give a few more details and examples. In spite of these criticisms, I've looked through a lot of epidemiology books, and they all seem to have limitations. It's probably impossible to identify one introductory text that will be the best choice for everyone. No matter which one you pick up, you will likely benefit from having another one on hand for comparison when a passage or problem is unclear, confusing or underemphasized. In my opinion this book is an excellent choice for those with a general interest in epidemiology for public health practice and who are looking for good readability. I've found that it also serves as a good basic reference on epidemiological studies.
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This is a great text for anyone studying epidemiology.

Each chapter on the various aspects of Epi (ie, Confounding, Effect Modification, Random Error, Bias, Causation, etc) is readable, relatively short chapters (no more then 20 pages) and very clearly explains the necessary information. Each chapter then has a concise (less then one page) summary, perfect for test studying or board review. In addition, each chapter has test questions with answers posted at the back of the book. This book even explains the underlying mathmetical principles better then most statistic texts I've used.

While you could probably get through Epidemialogy just reading the lecture notes, this book will guarantee you understand it (with out spending too much time) and get a 4.0.
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What a great read. No, really... I'm actually enjoying reading it! The authors do a great job of presenting existing research and breaking down complicated theoretical concepts in a fresh and interesting way that's a quick, substantive read. I bought mine on clearance - what a great investment! definitely what I was looking for as a beginner to the field of public health/epidemiology.
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The book is very helpful. The layout does not make for easy reading. The book would be much better with good visuals and less chunky paragraph style writing - the virtues of bullet points especially during pre-exam reading.
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