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Academic’s statistics and epidemiology textbook flies off the shelves

Academic’s statistics and epidemiology textbook flies off the shelves

A University of Wolverhampton academic had a novel idea about how to help Public Health students with their learning and a book that he wrote is now flying off the shelves. 

Professor Antony Stewart, a senior academic in the University’s School of Public Health Studies, decided to write a book that would dispel the myths and complexity surrounding statistics and epidemiology - core components of any Public Health degree course. 

His book, now in its 5th edition, “Basic Statistics and Epidemiology: A Practical Guide” has been translated into Chinese and a previous edition won a prestigious British Medical Association Book Award. The book is used by public health students and practitioners across the globe. 

Professor Stewart said: “I initially struggled with these subjects at university, so wanted to help people to understand the main issues without having any previous statistical knowledge. My approach was to write everything down in a way that I could understand it, which formed the basis of the book. The aim was to focus on the practical use of statistics and epidemiology, rather than just theory, and I have included many practice-based examples and exercises, along with full step-by-step guidance.” 

Dr Ranjit Khutan, Head of Department (Public Health), has worked with Antony for over 20 years – initially to create the internationally recognised Master of Public Health course that is popular with students from the UK and overseas. He said: “Many students approach statistics and epidemiology with fear, but it is a fundamental area of any public health programme. The reach of Antony’s book has been amazing, and well deserved. As an external examiner and advisor to University public health programmes in the UK and overseas, and as a Director of the UK Public Health Register, I am always proud to see Antony’s book featured in course reading lists and cited in practitioner registration portfolios. 

“Students on our public health and health and wellbeing programmes speak highly of Antony Stewart’s book and the support he offers them; his ability to guide them through what is often a complex and tricky subject has meant that he regularly receives high praise for his teaching.” 

Antony has worked for the University for over 20 years and his contributions to academia have also been recognised in his roles as an Emeritus Professor, Staffordshire University; Honorary Professor in Epidemiology, Aston Medical School; Honorary Consultant in Public Health, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities at the Department of Health and Social Care; and Research Specialty Co-Lead for Public Health, NIHR CRN West Midlands. 

The 5th edition of Basic Statistics and Epidemiology: A Practical Guide, by Antony Stewart, was published in February 2022, and is available at  

Public health courses have been offered at the University of Wolverhampton for over 20 years. The Master of Public Health and the undergraduate Public Health programmes are mapped against UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) registration frameworks, so that students can use their University of Wolverhampton public health programme as part of their application to the UKPHR register. 

The UKPHR operates a voluntary register for specialists and practitioners working in public health and provides public protection by ensuring that only competent public health professionals are registered and that high standards of practice are maintained.  

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