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The public health genomics enterprise

Philippa Brice and Ron Zimmern

in Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398441
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.003.0003
 							The public health genomics enterprise

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This chapter considers the origins and emergence of public health genomics as a subdiscipline of public health, moving on to a consideration of current practice with some specific examples. It then looks at the future prospects for the field and its role within medicine and health care in the 21st century and beyond. Public health genomics is built around the prevention of morbidity and mortality and the promotion of health, and seeks these benefits at the population level in addition to that of individual patients. This is a paradigm that should not only unite genomics and epidemiology, medicine, and public health, but which should also underpin all health services and biomedical research in the modern world.

Keywords: public health genomics; public health practice; health care

Chapter.  12504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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