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Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance
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Main description:

This brand new title in the market–leading
at a Glance series provides a highly–illustrated, visual introduction to the key concepts of population–level disease prevention. Accessible, double–page spreads help you understand and appreciate the determinants of health which impact on healthcare services and their effectiveness.

Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance features high–yield information on all the topics covered at medical school, including:





  • Measurement of population health



  • Epidemiological concepts of cause and association, surveillance, and risk



  • Use of epidemiology in clinical decision–making



  • Epidemiology of major health problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer



  • Health promotion



  • Basics of health economics



  • Basics of health policy, needs assessment, and evaluation


Also featuring self–assessment questions to help test learning, this new title will provide an invaluable resource for medical and healthcare students, junior doctors, and those preparing for a career in public health.


Back cover:

This brand new title in the market–leading
at a Glance series provides a highly–illustrated, visual introduction to the key concepts of population–level disease prevention. Accessible, double–page spreads help you understand and appreciate the determinants of health which impact on healthcare services and their effectiveness.

Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance features high–yield information on all the topics covered at medical school, including:





  • Measurement of population health



  • Epidemiological concepts of cause and association, surveillance, and risk



  • Use of epidemiology in clinical decision–making



  • Epidemiology of major health problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer



  • Health promotion



  • Basics of health economics



  • Basics of health policy, needs assessment, and evaluation


Also featuring self–assessment questions to help test learning, this new title will provide an invaluable resource for medical and healthcare students, junior doctors, and those preparing for a career in public health.


Contents:

Preface 6

Acknowledgements 7


About the authors 7


1 Introduction to public health 8


Epidemiology and Evidence–Based Practice


2 Incidence and prevalence 10


3 Risks and odds 12


4 Hierarchy of evidence and investigating causation 14


5 Bias, confounding and chance in epidemiological studies 16


6 Standardisation 18


7 Ecological and cross–sectional studies 20


8 Case–control and cohort studies 22


9 Trials (experimental studies) 24


10 Systematic reviews and meta–analysis 26


11 Diagnostic tests 28


Assessing Population Health


12 Health and illness 30


13 Demography 32


14 Epidemiological transition 34


15 Health information 36


16 Measuring population health status 38


17 Lifestyle determinants of health 40


18 Environmental determinants of health 42


19 Inequalities in health 44


20 Socio–economic inequalities in health 46


21 Health needs assessment 48


Improving and Protecting Health


22 Disease prevention 50


23 Principles of disease transmission 52


24 Communicable disease control 54


25 Surveillance 56


26 Immunisation 58


27 Screening principles 60


28 Screening programmes 62


29 Health promotion 64


30 Changing behaviour 66


Health Economics


31 Economic perspectives on health 68


32 Economic evaluation 70


33 Economic perspectives on measuring health–related outcomes 72


34 Economics of public health problems 74


Effective Health Care


35 Health care systems 76


36 Planning health services 78


37 Health care evaluation 80


Self–Assessment


Self–assessment questions 82


Self–assessment answers 84


Appendix: Practical issues in conducting epidemiological studies 85


Further reading 87


Index 88


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9781118286562
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Wiley–Blackwell)
Publication date: March, 2012
Pages: 94
Dimensions: 220.00 x 275.00 x 5.63

Subcategories: Epidemiology, Public Health

MEET THE AUTHOR

Margaret Somerville is Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Highland, Inverness

K. Kumaran is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Somerset


Rob Anderson, Institute of Health Service Research, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter