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  • Print publication year: 2016
  • Online publication date: May 2018



I am delighted to write the new foreword for the third edition of Essential Epidemiology.

This well known, highly respected and engaging book, aimed at the Masters level in Epidemiology, is a timely evolution from the earlier editions, bringing in new material and educational approaches (fully described in the authors’ preface).

As someone who has been heavily involved in my own institution's undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level research and service training over many decades, and been external examiner for many other institutions, I see the value of this book to many international constituencies. The key audience will, of course, be those involved in Masters studies of Epidemiology, Public Health and related disciplines. However I would also recommend this book to those involved in undergraduate teaching of epidemiology, students and teachers, those in post-Master's training or practice, as well as those in the biomedical and social sciences who wish to understand and utilise the perspectives and principles of epidemiology.

The value of the book is that the authors have based it on many years of teaching students on the ground and the latest revision and refreshment ensures that it maintains relevance. Thus this book retains the major content of the earlier versions, with sound grounding in the core principles and practice of epidemiology, as well as incorporating new areas. It is vital that future epidemiological research is relevant to the challenges we face globally. The book continues to provide this wider perspective, as well as the more technical approaches that are used when merged with other fields such as genetics. This new edition also provides on-line further materials (including expanding on some trickier methodological topics) and full teaching materials (more on questions and answers, lecture slides), which allow students to engage in more active learning and teachers to draw on presentations which they can use and adapt.

As is clear I recommend this book strongly to those in relevant training and those involved in their education as an up to date, highly accessible and excellent resource.