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Quantifying the Issue

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.003.0005
Quantifying the Issue

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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: public health practice; epidemiology; public health surveillance systems; Internet

Chapter.  9209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: public health and epidemiology

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