Textbook Brings Fundamentals of Epidemiology to Life
epidemiologist David Kleinbaum, PhD, is introducing a new tool to teach
the fundamentals of epidemiology. With the help of Data Description
Inc., an educational multimedia development firm, Dr. Kleinbaum designed
ActivEpi, the first interactive electronic textbook for epidemiology.
ActivEpi uses a full range
of learning activities including video and animated expositions, narrated
instructional expositions, interactively-designed exercises and linkages
to the World Wide Web.
" It is appropriate for people
at all levels of experience," says Dr. Kleinbaum "From public health
and medical students to public health professionals and medical researchers,
everyone can benefit from the interactive methods used to each the concepts."
Not only is ActivEpi versatile
for different audiences, but it also lends itself to a variety of teaching
formats, says Dr. Kleinbaum. The CD-ROM and its companion text can be
used in on-campus courses, distance learning programs or for self-paced
"The multimedia format fully
engages the user in the learning process. Users can replay the expositions
and activities until they grasp the concept. This makes for better understanding
and retention," Dr. Kleinbaum says.
A number of professors in
the Rollins School of Public Health plan to incorporate ActivEpi and
its companion text into their classes. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention funded part of the project and will utilize the ActivEpi
for addressing their increasing demands to provide training to public
health professionals in the Unites States and abroad.
The ActivEpi CD (US $69.95)
and the ActivEpi Companion Text (US $29.95) will be available for purchase
from Springer-Verlag in September 2002.
Dr. Kleinbaum is both nationally
and internationally known for his textbooks and teaching at all levels.
In addition to ActivEpi, Dr. Kleinbaum has published 4 widely acclaimed
textbooks on epidemiological and biostatistical methods. He has taught
over 125 short courses to a variety of audiences throughout the world
over the past 30 years. He has received outstanding teacher awards both
at Emory University and previously at the University of North Carolina,
including Emory's prestigious Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching
Award in May 2000.