Foundations of Infectious Disease: A Public Health Perspective

Foundations of Infectious Disease: A Public Health Perspective

New bonus chapter covering COVID-19 will be added to the eBook for Fall 2020 classes. Designed to introduce senior undergraduates and graduate students in public health and nursing to the study of infectious disease, Foundations of Infectious Disease: A Public Health Perspective places the study of infectious diseases squarely into its social, historical, and scientific context to demonstrate how it applies to the public and community health setting. Beginning with an introductory chapter that surveys how infectious diseases have impacted human societies over the centuries, this broad descriptive text moves on to examine epidemiological concepts related to infectious disease, from outbreak and epidemic investigations, to study design infectious disease transmission and prevention. It then delves into the infectious disease topics of concern to today’s public and community health professionals: sexually transmitted infections, foodborne infections, healthcare-acquired infections, and neglected tropical diseases.


A final chapter looks at future trends in the field of infectious diseases. Key Features: – Each chapter provides discussions of the biology, transmission, clinical aspects, epidemiology, and prevention of specific diseases – Numerous text boxes, tables, full-color illustrations and real-world case studies of infectious disease investigations help clarify concepts and engage students. – Highlights of national and global research related to specific pathogens and the infectious diseases they cause are included in each chapter along with links to extensive references. – Learning objectives, key terms, and review questions provide guidance and reinforcement of concepts presented.





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