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Reading Epidemiologic Literature: Unit 2

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Date Developed: 1/1/2004. Source: Center for Public Health Preparedness (University of North Carolina). Presenter(s): Amy Sayle, PhD, MPH. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate. Length: 30 minutes.


This presentation provides an overview of reading epidemiologic literature using an article example, “Lung cancer in nonsmoking women: a multicenter case-control study”, from the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. This is a continuation of Unit 1 in which the main components and strategies for reading an article are reviewed.

Learning Objectives

• Identify the sections of a specific journal article.

• Apply strategies for reading an article.

Special Instructions

A simple registration to the UNCPHP site is required.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.