- Glossary of selected terms
- Chapter 1 What is epidemiology? The nature, scope, variables, principal measures, and designs of a biological, clinical, social, and ecological science
- Chapter 2 The epidemiological concept of population
- Chapter 3 Variation in disease by time, place, and person: Background and a framework for analysis of genetic and environmental effects
- Chapter 4 Error, bias, and confounding in epidemiology
- Chapter 5 Cause and effect: The epidemiological approach
- Chapter 6 Interrelated concepts in the epidemiology of disease: Natural history and incubation period, time trends in populations, spectrum, iceberg, and screening
- Chapter 7 The concept of risk and fundamental measures of disease frequency: Incidence and prevalence
- Chapter 8 Summarizing, presenting, and interpreting epidemiological data: Building on incidence and prevalence
- Chapter 9 Epidemiological study designs and principles of data analysis: A conceptually integrated suite of methods and techniques
- Chapter 10 Epidemiology in the past, present, and the future: Theory, ethics, context, and critical appraisal
- Appendix 1 Possible curriculum for taught courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students and in continuing education
- Appendix 2 Further reading and useful websites
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