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Unformatted text preview: Epidemiology 6000 Epidemiology 6000 Dr. H. Stockwell Epidemiology ¬° What is epidemiology? Definitions of Epidemiology ¬° The study of the distribution , determinants and deterrents of determinants and deterrents of morbidity and mortality in human populations. (Oleckno) Epidemiology Epidemiology is all around us‚Ä¶‚Ä¶ Epidemiology ¬° Cornerstone of public health ¬° Basis for our understanding of disease ¬° Basis for our understanding of disease including distribution, natural history, antecedents risk factors ) and antecedents ( risk factors ) and prevention ( protective factors ) Epidemiology ¬° Population based ¬° ‚Äúdenominators‚ÄĚ important to ¬° denominators important to understanding diseases and other event events Populations ¬° Concerned with disease in groups not predicting which specific individual will become ill ¬° How do we define populations? Epidemiology ¬° Translates qualitative impressions in numbers - quantifies ¬° Quantification is key to the epidemiologic approach epidemiologic approach ¬° Count cases ( numerators ) ¬° Evaluate in terms of those at risk ( denominators ) ( populations ) Basic assumptions of epidemiology ¬° Human disease does not occur at random random ¬° Causal and preventive factors can be identified through systematic identified through systematic investigation of different populations or subgroups of populations or subgroups of individuals in a population in different places or times places or times Epidemiology‚Äôs Unique...
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