Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Concepts, Methods, Mathematical Models, and Public Health

  • Alexander Krämer
  • Mirjam Kretzschmar
  • Klaus Krickeberg

Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paulo Pinheiro, Colin D. Mathers, Alexander Krämer
      Pages 3-21
    3. Alexander Krämer, Md. Mobarak Hossain Khan
      Pages 23-38
    4. Thomas Löscher, Luise Prüfer-Krämer
      Pages 39-67
  3. General Concepts and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Alexander Krämer, Manas Akmatov, Mirjam Kretzschmar
      Pages 85-99
    3. Klaus Krickeberg, David Klemperer
      Pages 101-115
    4. Ralf Reintjes, Klaus Krickeberg
      Pages 143-157
    5. Ralf Reintjes, Aryna Zanuzdana
      Pages 159-176
    6. Patrick Hostert, Oliver Gruebner
      Pages 177-191
    7. Rafael Mikolajczyk
      Pages 193-208
    8. Mirjam Kretzschmar, Jacco Wallinga
      Pages 209-221
    9. Timo Ulrichs
      Pages 223-234
    10. Richard Pebody, Mirjam Kretzschmar
      Pages 235-248
    11. Robert Welte, Reiner Leidl, Wolfgang Greiner, Maarten Postma
      Pages 249-275
  4. Epidemiology of Particular Infectious Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Charles P. Larson, Lars Henning, Stephen Luby, ASG Faruque
      Pages 291-308
    3. Charlotte van den Berg, Karen Lindenburg, Roel Coutinho
      Pages 309-331
    4. Freke Zuure, Susan Hahné, Thijs van de Laar, Maria Prins, Jim van Steenbergen
      Pages 333-356
    5. Robert E. Johnson, Stuart M. Berman
      Pages 357-380
    6. Helen Trottier, Eduardo L. Franco
      Pages 409-429
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 431-443

About this book


Hardly a day goes by without news headlines concerning infectious disease threats. Currently the spectre of a pandemic of influenza A|H1N1 is raising its head, and heated debates are taking place about the pro’s and con’s of vaccinating young girls against human papilloma virus. For an evidence-based and responsible communication of infectious disease topics to avoid misunderstandings and overreaction of the public, we need solid scientific knowledge and an understanding of all aspects of infectious diseases and their control.

The aim of our book is to present the reader with the general picture and the main ideas of the subject. The book introduces the reader to methodological aspects of epidemiology that are specific for infectious diseases and provides insight into the epidemiology of some classes of infectious diseases characterized by their main modes of transmission. This choice of topics bridges the gap between scientific research on the clinical, biological, mathematical, social and economic aspects of infectious diseases and their applications in public health.

The book will help the reader to understand the impact of infectious diseases on modern society and the instruments that policy makers have at their disposal to deal with these challenges. It is written for students of the health sciences, both of curative medicine and public health, and for experts that are active in these and related domains, and it may be of interest for the educated layman since the technical level is kept relatively low.

The authors are internationally renowned experts in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. The editors come from different scientific backgrounds but have been devoted to research in infectious disease epidemiology for many years. Alexander Krämer is an internist and epidemiologist who co-founded the first School of Public Health in the German-speaking region of Europe at the University of Bielefeld. Mirjam Kretzschmar is a mathematician and epidemiologist with many contributions to mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and its applications for public health. Klaus Krickeberg is a mathematician with background in health information systems in developing countries.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Krämer
    • 1
  • Mirjam Kretzschmar
    • 2
  • Klaus Krickeberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Fak. GesundheitswissenschaftenUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.University Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtNetherlands
  3. 3.ManglieuFrance

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