Table of Contents

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 Epidemiology.
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 Population.
Chapter 9. Designing and Implementing a Molecular Epidemiologic Study.
Chapter 10. Conducting Molecular Epidemiology Studies.
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 for Molecular Epidemiology Studies of Infectious Disease. Introduction and historical perspective.
How molecular tools enhance epidemiologic studies.
Applications of molecular tools to infectious disease epidemiology.
A primer of epidemiologic study designs.
A primer of molecular biology.
Molecular tools.
Omics analyses in molecular epidemiologic studies.
Determining the reliability and validity and interpretation of a measure in the study populations.
Designing and implementing a molecular epidemiologic study.
Study conduct.
Think about data analysis when planning a study.
Human and animal subject protection, biorepositories, biosafety considerations, and professional ethics.
Future directions. 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. *Presents the key points of consideration when integrating molecular biology and epidemiology *Discusses how using molecular tools in epidemiologic research affects program design and conduct *Considers the ethical concerns that arise in molecular epidemiologic studies *Provides a context for understanding and interpreting scientific literature as a foundation for subsequent practical experience in the laboratory and in the field.