Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health

Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health
4th Ed.
2020 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
George R. Seage, ScD; Ann Aschengrau, ScD
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-12835-2
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-12836-9
Epidemiology, Public Health


Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health, Fourth Edition combines theory and practice in presenting traditional and new epidemiologic concepts. Broad in scope, the text opens with five chapters covering the basic epidemiologic concepts and data sources. A major emphasis is placed on study design, with separate chapters devoted to each of the three main analytic designs: experimental, cohort, and case-control studies.

Full chapters on bias, confounding, and random error, including the role of statistics in epidemiology, ensure that students are well-equipped with the necessary information to interpret the results of epidemiologic studies. Up-to-date examples from the epidemiologic literature on diseases of public health importance are provided throughout the book.

Features and Benefits

  • • New examples and the latest public health statistics throughout.
  • • Coverage of the Ebola outbreak including an in-depth investigation of what happened.
  • • New examples that illustrate epidemiological principles including a greater emphasis on social factors that influence health, such as racism.
  • • Straightforward descriptions of the latest epidemiologic methods including mediation analysis, agent-based modelling, and the use of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) to assess confounding.
  • • An expanded glossary and key terms highlighted throughout the text

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 95/100
4/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.53 Health Sciences - Epidemiology
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book covers the most applicable epidemiological concepts concisely and clearly. Key features include the guide to the critical appraisal of epidemiological studies, the introduction of confounding and effect modification in analytical studies, and information on major data sources in public health... The remarkable updates justify this fourth edition."

-- Homa Sadeghi, MPH (University of Iowa College of Public Health) Doody's Review


The intended audience is public health graduate students (especially master's level) and practitioners who will either consume epidemiology literature or apply their knowledge in practice. This is a practical resource for those who wish to understand the main epidemiology definitions, study designs, and general statistical concepts. The authors have been teaching introductory epidemiology courses at Boston University and Harvard University for about three decades, and this book is the product of their teaching experience.

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