Encyclopedia of Epidemiology
- Sarah Boslaugh - Saint Louis University, USA
Public Health | Public Health Research Methods | Research Methods (General)
The Encyclopedia of Epidemiology presents state-of-the-art information from the field of epidemiology in a less technical and accessible style and format. With more than 600 entries, no single reference provides as comprehensive a resource in as focused and appropriate manner. The entries cover every major facet of epidemiology, from risk ratios to case-control studies to mediating and moderating variables, and much more. Relevant topics from related fields such as biostatistics and health economics are also included.
- Presents a Reader's Guide to organize entries around themes or specific topics and easily guide users to areas of interest
- Offers cross-referenced terms, brief listing of further readings, and stable website URLs following most entries
- Provides appendices that include a general bibliography to build on "Further Readings," an annotated list of organizations relevant to epidemiology, the standard statistical tables used in epidemiology (t-distribution, F-table, normal [z] distribution, chi-square, etc.), and flow charts to aid researchers in selecting an appropriate study design
This resource is a must-have for students, practitioners, researchers, and the informed public who want to know more about health and disease, and related topics.
“As the chief editor states, ‘epidemiology is one of the foundational sciences of public health and evidence based medicine.’ These two volumes serve their purpose well: ‘to describe basic epidemiologic concepts in sufficient depth for practitioners’ and also nonspecialists. The set fills a niche between mere dictionaries and highly technical encyclopedias; it is directed toward students and others outside the field of epidemiology who require a working knowledge of underlying concepts. The simple alphabetical arrangement is enhanced by a categorized guide that facilitates the study of epidemiology. Under ‘Epidemiologic Data,’ contributors explain major health data sources such as the Framingham Heart Study, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and National Health Interview Survey. Reflecting the interrelationship with diverse fields, topics range from health psychology to health economics, ethics, and biostatistics. Some articles desribe underlying biostatistical concepts-from measures of central tendency, to kappa, to the Pearson correlation coefficient. Others explain public health research design, including community studies, and address the value and limitations of case reports and case series. Of particular note is a decision chart to help in choosing appropriate research designs. Health students and faculty will desire an online version of this gem! Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professional practitioners.”