Molecular Tools and Infectious Disease Epidemiology book cover

Molecular Tools and Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The application of modern molecular genetic and biologic techniques to infectious disease epidemiology dramatically improves measurement of disease and putative risk factors, increasing our ability to detect and track outbreaks, identify risk factors and detect new infectious agents. However, integration of these techniques into epidemiologic studies also poses new challenges in the design, conduct, and analysis. We examine these opportunities and methodologic challenges giving specific examples. The book will be written for the reader with limited understanding of genetics, biology and epidemiology.


Graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying infectious disease epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, the epidemiologist wishing to integrate molecular techniques into his or her studies

Hardbound, 240 Pages

Published: January 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374133-2


  • Chapter 1. Introduction and Historical Perspective
    Chapter 2. How Molecular Tools Enhance Epidemiologic Studies
    Chapter 3. Applications of Molecular Tools to Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    Chapter 4. A Primer of Epidemiologic Study Designs
    Chapter 5. A Primer of Molecular Biology
    Chapter 6. Molecular Tools
    Chapter 7. Omics Analyses in Molecular Epidemiologic Studies
    Chapter 8. Determining the Reliability and Validity and Interpretation of a Measure in the Study Populations
    Chapter 9. Designing and Implementing a Molecular Epidemiologic Study
    Chapter 10. Study Conduct

    Chapter 11. Think About Data Analysis When Planning a Study
    Chapter 12. Human and Animal Subject Protection, Biorepositories, Biosafety Considerations, and Professional Ethics
    Chapter 13 Future Directions


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