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Epidemiology: A research manual for South Africa


  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199059713
  • Year: 2014
  • Pages: 390

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What is the nature of epidemiology? Why is epidemiology so important in the context of health, and particularly public health, in South Africa? How can it help us answer important questions in clinical medicine and public health? Epidemiology: A Research Manual for South Africa 3e provides lecturers with useful resources on which to base introductory Epidemiology and Research Methods courses and helps to answer these questions.

Written by South African experts, Epidemiology: A Research Manual for South Africa 3e is aimed at undergraduate or postgraduate students encountering epidemiology and, more generally, quantitative public health research methods for the first time. Epidemiology is taught within the following programmes: MBChB, BCur, Diploma: Primary Health Care, and National Diploma: Environmental Health. It enables readers to evaluate data critically and to report their findings lucidly and accurately.

  • Step-by-step guide to undertaking research, from conceiving and writing a protocol to analysis and interpretation
  • An emphasis on up-to-date epidemiological principles that readers can apply to their own research or use to interpret published research
  • Sections on burden of disease, social epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology including HIV/Aids
  • More than 30 case studies (examples) which illustrate how epidemiological principles have been applied to research questions in South Africa
  • Information boxes to highlight important topics in each chapter
  • Concise appendices which cover the difficult topics of standardisation and sample size calculation, as well as the correct way of structuring and writing a report
  • Useful web sites and readings to encourage further learning

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