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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Cancer epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology

(p.315) Chapter 17 Cancer epidemiology
Teaching Epidemiology

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Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Oxford University Press

Cancer epidemiology is an important topic for health professionals in clinical medicine and public health. Teaching of cancer epidemiology, however, presents considerable difficulties; some are related to the variable background of the students, while others are inherent to the topic itself. The goal of a fifteen-to-twenty-hour course in cancer epidemiology is to integrate simple principles of biology with epidemiologic characteristics and concepts, so that the discipline moves beyond biostatistics into the realm of biomedical sciences. In other words, the goal of cancer epidemiology is not only to describe the principal risk factors of various forms of cancer but to evaluate the compatibility of the risk profile of a particular cancer with alternative biologic hypotheses. In this chapter, an option for the structure of the course is presented which could be adjusted to accommodate the expertise and style of the instructor as well as the background and pace of the class.

Keywords:   cancer epidemiology, teaching, cancer, epidemiology, course, risk factors

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