What is epidemiology?

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

Epidemiology

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:

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 ...
Val Beral - Honours and Awards
... the London School of Hygiene and Tropical 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 ... Fellow of the Royal Society – for scientific contributions to epidemiology ... women's health through significant advances in cancer research and epidemiology, through seminal contributions to public health policy and as a mentor to young scientists." ...
Epidemiology - Areas
... By physiology/disease Infectious disease epidemiology Occupational Injury Illness epidemiology Cardiovascular disease epidemiology Cancer epidemiology Neuroepidemiology ...
Infection Control And Hospital Epidemiology
... Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the University of Chicago Press ... The journal is published for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America ...
Michael Osterholm - Career
... as state epidemiologist and Chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section from 1984 to 1999 ... strengthened the departments role in infectious disease epidemiology, notably including numerous foodborne disease outbreaks, the association between tampons and toxic shock syndrome (TSS ... Other work included studies regarding the epidemiology of infectious diseases in child-care settings, vaccine-preventable diseases (particularly ...