Home > Books > Monitoring the Health of Populations: Statistical Principles and Methods for Public Health Surveillance
Monitoring the Health of Populations: Statistical Principles and Methods for Public Health Surveillance
View PDF

Monitoring the Health of Populations: Statistical Principles and Methods for Public Health Surveillance

Publication Year: 2003
Edition: 1st
Authors/Editor: Brookmeyer, Ron; Stroup, Donna F.
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISBN: 978-0-195-14649-3
  • Description
  • Details

This text explores the critical issues in the statistical analysis and interpretation of public health surveillance data.

Public health faces critical challenges ranging from outbreaks of new and old pathogens to the threat of bioterrorism and the impact of lifestyle and environmental changes on health. Modern tools of health surveillance and sound statistical practices are essential for meeting these challenges and providing accurate warnings about real public health threats without wasting resources on false alarms. Advances in statistical techniques, computing power and the Internet have led to many new approaches to monitoring population health, analyzing the data, and rapidly sharing it.

The text covers statistical methods for detecting disease outbreaks and clusters, the use of survey methods, interpreting time trends and geographic patterns, exploratory statistical analysis of surveillance data, and web-based health reporting systems for the rapid detection of public health problems, among other topics. The methodological approaches are illustrated in discussions of several current public health issues, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, anthrax, health effects of particulate air pollution, and trends in prostate cancer. The methods are broadly applicable to surveillance systems and registries for numerous health conditions, e.g. infectious diseases, chronic diseases, adverse drug reactions.

The book provides numerous illustrations, worked examples, and practical information for actually implementing the methods. It will serve as a reference for public health practitioners and as a textbook for courses on disease surveillance taken by students of statistics biostatistics, epidemiology or public health.

  • Platform:
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Product Type: Book
  • Author/Editor: Brookmeyer, Ron; Stroup, Donna F.
  • ISBN: 978-0-195-14649-3
  • Specialty:
  • Language: English
  • Edition: 1st
  • Pages: 390
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Year: 2003

Free Instant Access
This Month

Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) A definitive resource for electronic information in the evidence based medicine movement that combines the most trusted resources into a single, fully-searchable database.
Global Health The only specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health and capturing key literature that is not covered by other databases.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® Original articles highlighting the latest in clinically relevant basic science of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments.
Annals of Internal Medicine Published by the American College of Physicians, contains original articles, case reports, topical reviews, editorials, book reviews and medical notices for internal medicine.


Doody's Featured Books
Osborn's Brain: Imaging, Pathology, and Anatomy
Covers the must-know aspects of brain imaging together with spectacular pathology examples, relevant anatomy, and up-to-date techniques in neuroradiology.

Neurology Evidence: The Practice-Changing Studies
Synthesizes the vast body of literature available in neurology into one accessible, clinically relevant volume-features papers that have had the most impact on changing clinical practice.