Nothing To Do With Skin

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Nothing To Do With Skin is a #1 best-selling introduction to the science of population epidemiology, including a description of study designs, some of the common biases encountered, how to distinguish between correlation and causation, and an overview of key measures of association, all with almost no mention of mathematics or statistics.

The author:

0f6aa-sexywatRaywat Deonandan holds a PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Professor and Assistant Director of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, as well as a Senior Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences.  He is also a former Chief Science Advisor to an agency of the Canadian federal government, and has been identified by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations as one of the best teaching professors in the province.


I. Introduction
II. Paradigms of Research
III. Terminology
-A. Exposure and Outcome
-B. Incidence and Prevalence
IV. Types of Study Designs
-A. Descriptive studies
-B. Observational (Analytical) Studies
-i. Cohort Design
-ii. Case-Control Design
-iii. How to choose?
-iv. Ecological Studies
-C. Experimental Studies
-i. The RCT
-ii. Related designs
-D. Systematic Reviews
-i. Meta Analysis
-E. Other designs
V. Hierarchy of Evidence
VI. Measurements of Association
-A. Correlation Coefficients
-B. Relative Risk
-C. Odds Ratio
VII. Correlation and Causation
VIII. Bias
-A. Selection Bias
-B. Detection Bias
-C. Non-Response Bias
-D. Response Bias
-E. Recall Bias
IX. Confounding and Interaction
-A. Confounding
-B. Interaction
X. Conclusion
About The Author


“It was informative, fun and quick to read! I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the basics of Epidemiology!”
-Kahina Abdesselam, Ph.D student in Epidemiology, University of Ottawa, March, 2014

“A readable and very concise basic introduction to epidemiology, with helpful examples. Accessible and often entertaining.”
-Nicholas Barrowman, Ph.D, Biostatistician and Epidemiologist, Jan, 2014

“Dr Deonandan’s passion for science and for teaching shows in this book. This book provides a foundation for the exploration of population health sciences and is excellent for teaching new students about epidemiological methods.
-Adam Stevens, M.Sc, Public Health Epidemiologist, Past President, Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario
Dec, 2013

Publication History:
2014, Intanjible Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9936763-0-7 (E-book)
2014, Intanjible Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9936763-1-4 (Book)