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Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection: A Handbook for Field Professionals

ISBN : 9780199663415

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¥8,668
Author: 
Irene A. Kreis; Araceli Busby; Giovanni Leonardi; Jill Meara; Virginia Murray
Pages
296 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
176 x 244 mm
Pub date
Nov 2012
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Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection guides front line public health practitioners through the decisions they are likely to face when dealing with environmental health problems. It does this by showing how to integrate relevant aspects of environmental science, communication sciences, toxicology, and most importantly environmental epidemiology skills to conduct initial investigations which encompass all relevant issues. The book uses a problem orientated style, using case studies, to provide practical examples of how to plan and carry out investigations or research projects. It emphasises the scoping and planning stages of a study in order to avoid common pitfalls, and includes discussions of the limitations of epidemiological studies, how to communicate with the public and funders, ethics and handling large datasets. Through the case studies the book also covers the practice of environmental public health in developed countries. Each chapter is written by knowledgeable practitioners in the topic, making Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection essential reading for all professionals in environmental public health in the UK and abroad.

Index: 

SECTION 1 IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
1. Introduction to Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection, illustrated with a case study on lead through the ages
2. Epidemiology of environmental hazards, illustrated with a case study on landfill concerns and water (acute and chronic issues)
3. Literature reviews, systematic but how and why? Illustrated with case studies on dioxin
4. Communication in epidemiological studies, illustrated with a case study on a gas-factory terrain clean-up
5. Identifying and dealing with high-risk groups systematically and transparently, illustrated with a case study on Q fever
6. Health registers as a tool for disaster epidemiology, illustrated with a case study on a fireworks explosion
SECTION 2 ASSESSING THE PROBLEMS AND DEVELOPING A SCOPING STUDY
7. Environmental measurements, illustrated with a case study on ambient air pollution
8. Exposure assessment for epidemiology, illustrated with a case study on air quality in schools
9. Toxicology and its practical use in chemical incident response, illustrated with a case study on mercury
10. Risk assessment, illustrated with a case study on carcass removal in a Foot & Mouth epidemic
11. Real-time syndromic surveillance, illustrated with a case study on an oil depot explosion
12. Routine data, illustrated with a case study on carbon monoxide
13. Geographic Information Services (GIS), illustrated with a case study on Legionaires' disease outbreak
SECTION 3 ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY DESIGN AND PROBLEM ANALYSIS
14. Study designs for public health investigations: basic concepts and practice, illustrated with a case study on asthma
15. Field epidemiology: logistics, illustrated with case studies on a Legionella outbreak and a child blood lead survey
16. Data quality, illustrated with a case study on congenital eye defects
17. Applied statistical techniques, illustrated with case studies on a cancer cluster and PCB in human milk
18. Ethics in environmental epidemiology, illustrated with a case study on lead levels in children
SECTION 4 SPECIAL TOPICS
19. Cluster investigations, illustrated with a case study on childhood leukaemia in a cut-flower community
20. Occupational epidemiology, illustrated with a case study on bladder cancer
21. Radiation, illustrated with case studies on extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields
22. Heatwave plan evaluation
23. Analysis of mental health impacts of flooding
24. Chemical Incidents, illustrated with a case study on an oil depot explosion
25. Odours incidents and epidemiology, illustrated with a case study on trans-border transmissions
26. Decision model for an investigation, illustrated with a case study on odours and dust
INDEX

About the author: 

Irene A. Kreis, Consultant Environmental Epidemiologist, Health Protection Agency, UK and University of Wollongong, Australia; Araceli Busby, Speciality Registrar in Public Health, London Kent Surrey and Sussex Deanery, and Health Protection Agency, UK; Giovanni Leonardi, Health Protection Agency, UK and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Jill Meara, Health Protection Agency (HPA), UK; Virginia Murray, Health Protection Agency, UK and Imperial College and King's College, London, UK

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