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1/11/2011 Introduction 1 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPID600) Introduction to the course Faculty: Victor J. Schoenbach, PhD home page Lorraine K. Alexander, PhD Department of Epidemiology Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill www.unc.edu/epid600/ (Note: these slides have verbatim speaker notes.)
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8/15/2007 Introduction 2 Safety warnings (actual instructions on products) Marks and Spencer bread pudding: “Product will be hot after heating” Rowenta iron: “Do not iron clothes on body” Nytol (a sleep aid): “Warning: may cause drowsiness” Kitchen knife: “Warning: keep out of children”
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Introduction 3 Safety warning: Don’t believe everything you read Are the Durham Public Schools that bad?
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Introduction 4 From Consumer Reports , Selling It
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Introduction 5 EPID600, Principles of Epidemiology
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Introduction 6 EPID600 Instructors Faculty Victor Schoenbach (“Vic”) EPID600(160) classroom since fall 2001 Internet since summer 2002 Lorraine Alexander EPID600(160) since 1994 (Carl M. Shy) 1/11/2011
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8/15/2007 Introduction 8 John C. Cassel, M.D.
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5/12/2010 Introduction 9 John C. Cassel, M.D. “Epidemiology is fundamentally engaged in the broader quest for social justice and equality.”
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7/24/2010 Introduction 10 August, 1973
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8/15/2007 Introduction 11 “I’m studying epidemiology”: 3 responses - You're studying what?” - “Does that have something to do with skin?” - “Uh-huh. And what else are you studying?”
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1/11/2011 Introduction 12 The epidemiologic perspective Epidemiology is a way of thinking about health – human ecology Much more than a collection of methods – a way of using them Epidemiologists consider context, heterogeneity, dynamics, inference
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8/15/2007 Introduction 13 What is epidemiology? “The study of the distribution and determinants of health related states and events in populations , and the application of this study to control health problems John M. Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology
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8/15/2007 Introduction 14 What is epidemiology? (con’t) “The study of the distribution and determinants of health related states and events in populations , and the application of this study to control health problems John M. Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology
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8/15/2007 Introduction 15 What is epidemiology, really? Study of the health and disease of the “body politic” – the population. Basic science of public health What causes disease ? How does disease spread ? What prevents disease? What works in controlling disease?
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8/15/2007 Introduction 16 What for? 1. Provide the scientific basis to prevent 2. Determine relative importance to
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