Epidemiology – A basis for public health and disease prevention
Epidemiology involves the study of the distribution and determinants of health in a given population, and the subsequent application of this study to improve outcomes.
About the book
This book introduces major topics in the field, and where applicable, illustrated by tables and figures from Norwegian and Swedish studies.
The first twelve chapters concern epidemiologic methods, including discussion of study designs and bias, together with an overview of vital statistics and a discussion on causality. The final eight chapters discuss changes in health more generally (or the epidemiologic transition), prevention, an introduction to genetic epidemiology, infectious disease, reporting observational studies and assessing new information.
The book is aimed at students in medical school, as well as public health and other health sciences students at the Bachelor and Master’s level.
About the author
Dag S. Thelle is Professor Emeritus at Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo.
Dag S. Thelle has served as professor of preventive medicine at the University of Tromsø, and has chaired professorships in epidemiology at the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, the University of Oslo, and at the University of Gothenburg. He was principal investigator of the Tromsø Study, 1974–88, the Oslo Health Study conducted 2000–2001, and the INTERGENE Study conducted in Gothenburg and West Sweden from 2001–2004. Since 2006 he has been at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. Thelle has published more than 200 scientific papers, mainly focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular and chronic diseases.