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Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and health-related events in populations. The aim of epidemiology is the control of health problems, and it is concerned with the traditional study of infectious epidemic diseases along with health-related phenomena such as accidents, suicide and the effects of toxic agents.

Areas of epidemiology are categorised by either physiology/disease or methodological approach, and some of the areas of study include:

By physiology/diseaseEdit

By methodological approachEdit

  • clinical epidemiology
  • social epidemiology
  • molecular epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • primary care epidemiology
  • infection control and hospital epidemiology

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