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Concepts of EpidemiologyIntegrating the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology$
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Raj Bhopal

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543144.001.0001

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What is epidemiology?

What is epidemiology?

The nature and scope of a biological, clinical, social, and ecological science and of its variables

(p.1) Chapter 1 What is epidemiology?
Concepts of Epidemiology

Raj S. Bhopal

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of epidemiology. Topics covered include definition of epidemiology and a statement of its central paradigm; directions in epidemiology and its uses; epidemiology as a science, practice, and craft; the nature of epidemiological variables; and the basic tools of epidemiology.

Keywords:   epidemiological studies, public health, disease incidence, tools of epidemiology

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