Introduction to Epidemiology

Introduction to Epidemiology
9th Ed.
Copyright © 2025 by Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, an Ascend Learning Company
Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-28038-8
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-29294-7
Epidemiology, Basic Sciences, Nursing


Introduction to Epidemiology is a comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to this exciting field. Designed for students with minimal training in the biomedical sciences and statistics, this full-color text emphasizes the application of the basic principles of epidemiology according to person, place, and time factors to solve current, often unexpected, and serious public health problems.

Students will learn how to identify and describe public health problems, formulate research hypotheses, select appropriate research designs, manage, and analyze epidemiologic data, interpret, and apply results in preventing and controlling disease and health-related events. With real-world examples in the form of case studies and news files in each chapter, Introduction to Epidemiology is an accessible and effective approach to learning epidemiology.

Carefully revised throughout, the Ninth Edition offers:

  • • New chapters on Epidemiology Study Plan (5); Identifying and Improving Study Validity (8); and Social Epidemiology (13)
  • • Greater emphasis on health equity and the social determinants of health throughout
  • • Descriptive epidemiology of COVID-19 and how this disease has influenced public health prevention and control efforts
  • • New appendices on Careers in Epidemiology and Pearson Correlation Coefficient and Regression Models
  • • Significant restructuring of chapters

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Specialty Score: 2.67 Health Sciences - Epidemiology
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent introduction to epidemiology. It provides a more complete overview than the book currently used in my introductory level epidemiology course, Epidemiology, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2008). With the fifth edition, the author has added many sections that enrich the book and provide a more in-depth coverage of the field."

-- Erin Reynolds, BA, BS, MPH (University of Iowa College of Public Health) Doody's Review - previous edition


As an introductory book, it is suitable for the general student audience and does not require advanced knowledge in statistics and biology. The author has a long history of working in the field of epidemiology, especially cancer epidemiology, and has both clinical and teaching experience.

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