Epidemiology

Epidemiology

According to the CDC, epidemiology is generally defined as the study of occurrences and causes of health effects in humans. Specifically, it is the study of distribution and determinants of health problems in a specific population and using the knowledge to control the health problems. Often, epidemiology will describe the disease and determinants before the cause(s) have been isolated. It is a pillar in the public health world, calling upon a number of disciplines, such as biology, GIS and the social sciences, to help isolate the cause(s).

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