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Genetics and Public Health in the 21st CenturyUsing Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease$
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Muin J. Khoury, Wylie Burke, and Elizabeth Thomson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128307.001.0001

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Epidemiology, molecular biology, and public health

Epidemiology, molecular biology, and public health

(p.103) 6 Epidemiology, molecular biology, and public health
Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Janice S. Dorman

Donald R. Mattison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of molecular epidemiology in translating new genetic information from the laboratory to the community. It argues that to meet the demands of the 21st century, we must change the language and expertise of public health to include a stronger focus on molecular epidemiology and its applications for disease prevention. We also need actively to promote continuing education in human genetics, epidemiology, and public health for scientists, practitioners, educators, and individuals in the private sector. Leadership from graduate schools of public health is required to meet these challenges. Strategies for addressing this timely issue are discussed in the chapter.

Keywords:   molecular epidemiology, genetic information, public health practice, disease prevention, private sector

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