Quantifying the Issue

Ross C. Brownson, Elizabeth A. Baker, Terry L. Leet, Kathleen N. Gillespie and William R. True

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195397895
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827183 | DOI:
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: risk factors; surveillance systems; epidemiology; disease frequency; disease burden

Chapter.  8732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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