Chapter 1. Philosophy of Science and Introduction to Epidemiology

  1. Nigel Bruce,
  2. Daniel Pope and
  3. Debbi Stanistreet

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470725337.ch1

Quantitative Methods for Health Research: A Practical Interactive Guide to Epidemiology and Statistics

Quantitative Methods for Health Research: A Practical Interactive Guide to Epidemiology and Statistics

How to Cite

Bruce, N., Pope, D. and Stanistreet, D. (2008) Philosophy of Science and Introduction to Epidemiology, in Quantitative Methods for Health Research: A Practical Interactive Guide to Epidemiology and Statistics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470725337.ch1

Author Information

  1. Division of Public Health, University of Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470022740

Online ISBN: 9780470725337

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Keywords:

  • philosophy of science and epidemiology;
  • epidemiology and statistics;
  • science, and scientific research approach;
  • interpretative research and qualitative methods;
  • research question formulation;
  • prevention concepts;
  • primary, secondary and tertiary prevention

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and learning objectives

  • Approaches to scientific research

  • Formulating a research question

  • Rates: incidence and prevalence

  • Concepts of prevention

  • Answers to self-assessment exercises