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Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Public Health Practice - Public Health/Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Paperback)
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Public Health Practice - Public Health/Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Paperback)

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Public Health Practice - Public Health/Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Paperback)

Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 09/11/2010
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Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Public HealthPractice is a readable, lively introduction to the topic.Devoted specifically to the methods required to study infectiousdisease, this book is an ideal introduction that provides studentswith the requisite skills to conduct, evaluate, and understand thefield of infectious disease epidemiology.

The book is organized in two sections, Foundations, and Diseasesand Agents. Foundations covers history of the practice, studydesigns and surveillance, microbiology concepts; immunologicconcepts, computer-based tools; vaccines, and nosocomial(hospital-based) infections.

Part two, Diseases and Agents, is organized around keycategories of infectious diseases, including: airborne, diarrheal, transmitted via blood and bodily fluid; vector-borne; andhelminthic.

Each chapter interweaves historical case studies as they relateto each specific topic. These vignettes will help to illuminate thepresent (i.e., 21st century) practice ofinfectious disease epidemiology. Each chapter will begin with anoverview of the key concepts that will follow. Each chapter willend with approximately a dozen study questions to assist studentswith their appreciation of the material. Each chapter will alsoinclude a selected bibliography to provide sources for furtherreading. Chapters, as appropriate, will include mathematicalproblems for hand-calculation as well as resources for infectiousdisease epidemiology computer-applications. The text willinclude a range of appropriate teaching aids, e.g., teachers' manual, students' study guide (withsolutions to selected mathematical problems in the text), andguided exercises.

Part One: Foundations

1: Infectious Disease in Historical Perspective

Early Concepts in Infectious Diseases and EpidemicDiseasesGerm Theory and Disease Investigation in the19th Century (John Snow/Cholera, Hinle-CochPostulates)Beginning of Basic Public Health Measures (Sanitation, Vaccines, Antibiotics)Post-WW II Epidemiologic Transition (shift from mortality dueto infection to chronic/behavioral)Emerging Diseases in Developing Countries

2: Study Designs and Surveillance

Review of Study Designs (case studies, ecological studies, casecontrol studies, cohort studies, experimental studies)Disease Surveillance Methods (sources of data)

3: Microbiology of Infectious Disease

Microbiological tools for infectious disease epidemiologyBasic laboratory techniques (microscopic, DNA/RNA)

4: Immunologic Concepts: Host-Pathogen Interactions

Different types of host-immune responseAntigensAntibodiesImmunosuppression (role in infectious disease)

5: Computer-Based Tools

Mathematical modeling of infectious disease outbreaksGeographic information systems

6: Vaccine Intervention

Development of vaccines for primary prevention of disease(diphtheria, typhoid, polio, measles, mumps)Future/Emerging vaccines (malaria, rotovirus)

7: Nosocomial Infections

Community-based infections (eg, physician's office)Institutionally-based infections (eg, hospital)Antibiotic resistance

Part Two: Diseases and Agents

8: Airborne Infectious Disease


Epidemiologic and demographic Historical significance ofinfluenza pandemicsTypical aetiologiesInfluenza epidemiology and the significance of antigenicshift/drift Influenza: Patterns of mortality and morbidity

Acute Respiratory Infections

Typical aetiologiesHost Risk factors


Historical perspectives prior to introduction of vaccinesRationale of vaccine use for measlesEmerging concerns about vaccine-associated sequelae

9: Diarrheal and Gastrointestinal Disease

Viral Etiology

Rotavirus, etcEmerging Rotaviral vaccines

Bacterial Etiology

E. coliVibrio choleraeOther bacterial pathogens

Parasitic Etiology

Entamoeba histolyticaNecator americanusGiardia lambliae

10: Disease Transmitted via Blood and Bodily Fluids


AIDS in historical perspectiveImmune reponse to the Human Immunodeficiency VirusOpportunistic Infections associated with AIDS

Viral Hepatitis


11: Vector-Borne Disease

Mosquito-Borne (e.g., malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nileetc.)Tick-Borne (e.g., RMSF, Lyme Disease, etc.)Other Arthropod Vectors

12: Helminthic Disease

HookwormDiseaseSchistosomiasisOther Geohelminthes

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9780470545737
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 250 x 150 mm

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