Epidemiology, molecular biology, and public health

Janice S. Dorman and Donald R. Mattison

in Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128307
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864485 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

Epidemiology, molecular biology, and public health

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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

Chapter.  8215 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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