Epidemiology is the scientific study of the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is the cornerstone of public health and, together with statistical methods, provides the evidence for health-policy decisions.  Epidemiologists engage in surveillance activities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. They also conduct studies to investigate the causes of disease to reduce the risk of future disease development. Epidemiologists report their findings to public policy officials or publish the results of their research. (CSEB, The World of Statistics)

This profile is focused on the role of non-clinical Epidemiologists working in public health. To learn more about Medical Epidemiologists (specialist medical physicians or veterinarians), and other related occupations, please view the links at the bottom of the page.

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