Introduction to Epidemiology

Introduction to Epidemiology
8th Ed.
2021 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-17070-2
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-20307-3
Epidemiology, Basic Sciences, Nursing


Introduction to Epidemiology, Eighth Edition is a comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to this exciting field. Designed for students with minimal training in the biomedical sciences and statistics, this full-color text emphasizes the application of the basic principles of epidemiology according to person, place, and time factors in order to solve current, often unexpected, and serious public health problems.

Students will learn how to identify and describe public health problems, formulate research hypotheses, select appropriate research study designs, manage and analyze epidemiologic data, interpret and apply results in preventing and controlling disease and health-related events. With real-world examples in the form of case studies and news files in each chapter, Introduction to Epidemiology is an accessible, timely, and highly effective approach to learning epidemiology.

Features and Benefits:

  • • Same organization as the prior edition allowing for easier transition
  • • New or expanded coverage of their models of causation, methods of age adjustment, age-period cohort models, incubation and latency periods, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves
  • • Clearer connection between statistical inference and causal inference
  • • New and updated practical examples and News Files help solidify concepts and show real-world application
  • • Updated tables and figures throughout

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Specialty Score: 2.5 Health Sciences - Epidemiology
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent introduction to epidemiology. It provides a more complete overview than the book currently used in my introductory level epidemiology course, Epidemiology, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2008). With the fifth edition, the author has added many sections that enrich the book and provide a more in-depth coverage of the field."

-- Erin Reynolds, BA, BS, MPH (University of Iowa College of Public Health) Doody's Review - previous edition


As an introductory book, it is suitable for the general student audience and does not require advanced knowledge in statistics and biology. The author has a long history of working in the field of epidemiology, especially cancer epidemiology, and has both clinical and teaching experience.

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