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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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(p.98) Chapter 7 Environment
Teaching Epidemiology

Anders Ahlbom

Oxford University Press

Environmental epidemiology shares basic principles with other forms of epidemiology. Yet, there are certain aspects to keep in mind when teaching. One is that students often have a background in toxicology or some other experimental science. It is then useful to spend time on the strengths and weaknesses of non-experimental data. In particular, discussions on the impact of systematic errors and the assessment of causality may be essential. Environmental epidemiology often encounters situations in which multiple exposures occur. This is a great opportunity to introduce the concept of interaction and discuss whether the ingredients add up effects or if they amplify each other’s effects. Finally, decision-makers need environmental epidemiology but it is not sufficient to provide a causal assessment. Decision-makers also need an assessment of the potential public health impact. It is therefore reasonable to include a discussion of the meaning of this and how it is assessed.

Keywords:   environment, non-experimental data, causality, public health impact, multiple exposures

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