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Lec1Intro1(Revised07) - Epidemiology and Public Health...

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Epidemiology and Public Health Introduction, Part I
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DEFINITIONS What is epidemiology? What is an epidemiologist?
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EPIDEMIOLOGY is the study of the nature, cause, control and determinants of the frequency and distribution of disease, disability, and death in human populations. Epidemiology: the study of factors influencing the occurence, transmission, distribution, prevention and control of disease in a defined population
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An EPIDEMIOLOGIST is a public health scientist, who is responsible for carrying out all useful and effective activities needed for successful epidemiology practice
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Methods of Epidemiology Public Health Surveillance Disease Investigation Analytic Studies Program Evaluation
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Terminology Endemic Hyperendemic Holoendemic Epidemic Pandemic Epizootic Incidence Prevalence Terms used for reference to various forms of outbreaks
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Endemic: a disease or pathogen present or usually prevalent in a given population or geographic region at all times
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