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World Health Organization Publication : 9241544465: Basic Epidemiology

By R. Beaglehole

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Book Id: WPLBN0000209922
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Title: World Health Organization Publication : 9241544465: Basic Epidemiology  
Author: R. Beaglehole
Language: English
Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
Collections: Medical Library Collection, World Health Collection
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Publisher: World Health Organization


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The essential role of epiden~iologyi n the Global Strategy for Health For All was recognized in a World Health Assembly resolution in May 1988, urging Member States to make greater use of epidemiological data, concepts and methods in the preparation, updating, monitoring and evaluation of their work in this field. Training in modern epidemiology of relevance to the evaluacon of approaches used in different countries was also encouraged. This text provides an introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. It is intended for a wide audience, including professionals in the health and environment field involved in in-service training courses, undergraduate medical students, students in the other health professions, and other students needing an understanding of this field. The terminology used in this book is largely based on A dictiolzary of epidenziology (Last, 1995).

Table of Contents
Contents Preface v Introduction vii Chapter 1. What is epidemiology? 1 The historical context 1 Definition and scope of epidemiology 3 Achievements in epidemiology 5 Study questions 10 Chapter 2. Measuring health and disease 11 Definitions of health and disease 11 Measures of disease frequency 13 Use of available information 19 Comparing disease occurrence 26 Study questions 28 Chapter 3. Types of study 29 Observations and experiments 29 Observational epidemiology 30 Experimental epidemiology Potential errors in epidemiological studies Ethical issues Study questions Chapter 4. Basic statistics Distributions and summary measures Estimation Statistical inference Relationship between two variables Study questions Chapter 5. Causation in epidemiology The concept of cause Establishing the cause of a disease Study questions Chapter 6. Epidemiology and prevention The scope of prevention Levels of prevention Screening Study questions


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