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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

Deconstructing epidemiology

1 Office of the Chief Scientist, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
2 Department of Medical Oncology, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide SA 5112, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rohina Joshi
The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, PO Box M201 Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-3334.149337

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Epidemiology is defined as "the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease) in specified populations and the application of this study to control health problems." This article gives an overview and an introduction to epidemiology and explains the main study designs. The article also discusses the key ethical issues in epidemiological studies and its applications to modern day medicine.

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