What is epidemiology?

  • (noun): The branch of medical science dealing with the transmission and control of disease.


Epidemiology is the study (or the science of the study) of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is the cornerstone of public health, and informs policy decisions and evidence-based medicine by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive medicine. Epidemiologists help with study design, collection and statistical analysis of data, and interpretation and dissemination of results (including peer review and occasional systematic review). Epidemiology has helped develop methodology used in clinical research, public health studies and, to a lesser extent, basic research in the biological sciences.

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Some articles on epidemiology:

Val Beral - Honours and Awards
... Medicine for her ground-breaking work in cancer epidemiology and women’s health, most notably through the Million Women study, as well as her earlier contributions to the School ... Fellow of the Royal Society – for scientific contributions to epidemiology ... significant advances in cancer research and epidemiology, through seminal contributions to public health policy and as a mentor to young scientists." ...
Infection Control And Hospital Epidemiology
... Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the University of Chicago Press ... journal is published for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America ...
Epidemiology - Areas
... By physiology/disease Infectious disease epidemiology Occupational Injury Illness epidemiology Cardiovascular disease epidemiology Cancer epidemiology ...
Seborrheic Keratosis - Epidemiology
... Onset is usually in middle age although a common finding in younger patients - found in 12% of 15-year-olds to 25-year-olds making the term "senile keratosis" redundant ... No difference in prevalence exists between genders ...