Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice

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Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice

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9780195111903: Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice

Focusing on areas of public health practice in which the systematic application of epidemiologic methods can have a large and positive impact, this text applies traditional epidemiologic methods for determining disease etiology to the "real-life" applications of public health and health services research. Brownson and Petitti--true to their belief that epidemiology is the diagnostic discipline of public health--provide a much-needed book that bridges the gap between theoretical epidemiology and public health practice. Their uniquely comprehensive coverage includes a number of topics not traditionally addressed by other epidemiology texts. Twelve chapters offer a thorough, in-depth analysis of the important issues, methods, problems, and limitations within applied epidemiology. Following an introduction, three overview chapters detail study design and interpretation, outbreak and cluster investigations, and public health surveillance. The remaining chapters highlight key issues and provide practical recommendations on eight contemporary topics, such as community intervention trials, outcomes research, risk assessment, screening, and cost-benefit analysis. The editors--both very well-known researchers in the field--have compiled reviews with direct relevance to or a strong basis in epidemiology. All chapters have been authored by recognized authorities in the field of epidemiology and public health. Case studies of actual programs at the end of each chapter illustrate major points and provide a foundation for more detailed discussions.
Applied Epidemiology is intended for practitioners in epidemiology, and students in epidemiology and related disciplines that rely heavily on epidemiologic methods and reasoning. It will be a practical and informative tool in academic institutions, federal agencies with significant educational missions, state and local public health agencies, and health care organizations.

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Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Community Health, St. Louis University School of Public Health.
Diana B. Petitti, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Southern California Region, Passadena.

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" This book should help fill a void in the training of many epidemiologists who receive rigorous training in epidemiologic methods but little or no training in public health, and it will be most useful to epidemiologists working in public health departments." Chronic Diseases in Canada (vol.19, no.4, 1998)

"Applied epidemiology is relatively new as '-ologies' go. Becayse epidemiologists struggle to carve out a territory and define precisely what it is they do, this book serves as a useful map and introduction to some of the methodological tools that most journeyman epidemiologists will need in their professional bag of tricks....The material is well written and clearly presented." American Journal of Epidemiology

"A useful, interesting, and needed contribution to the field....This book well serves many audiences and is highly recommended fot health science libraries at all levels."--Choice

"A wonderful new text..."--Robert E. McKeown in Epidemiology Monitor

"A useful, interesting, and needed contribution to the field. The book deals with important and timely applications of epidemiology written by highly credible contributors and a distinguished pair of editors. This book well serves many audiences and is highly recommended for health science libraries at all levels... The references are plentiful, pertinent, and generally quite current."--Doody's Health Sciences Book Review

"This book should help fill a void in the training of many epidemiologists who receive rigorous training in epidemiologic methods but little or no training in public health, and it will be most useful to epidemiologists working in public health departments."--Chronic Diseases in Canada

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