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Evidence-Based Public Health$
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Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Left, Kathleen N. Gillespie, and William R. True

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195397895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.001.0001

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Quantifying the Issue

Quantifying the Issue

Chapter:
(p.133) 6 Quantifying the Issue
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Evidence-Based Public Health
Author(s):

Ross C. Brownson

Elizabeth A. Baker

Terry L. Leet

Kathleen N. Gillespie

William R. True

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397895.003.0006

This chapter provides an overview of the principles of epidemiology that relate to public health practice. It focuses primarily on methods used to measure and characterize disease frequency in defined populations. It includes information about public health surveillance systems and currently available data sources via the Internet. It also provides an overview of the methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of new public health programs that are designed to reduce the prevalence of risk factors and the disease burden in target populations.

Keywords:   risk factors, surveillance systems, epidemiology, disease frequency, disease burden

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