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Definition of epidemiology
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1. To identify the etiology (the cause of a disease) and the true risk factors
2. To determine the extent of disease found in the community
3. To study the natural history and prognosis of disease
4. To evaluate new modes of health care delivery and new preventive and therapeutic measures - protective factors
5. To provide the foundation for developing public policy and regulatory decisions relating to environmental and genetic problems
▪ Vaccination
▪ Motor-vehicle safety
▪ Safer workplaces
▪ Control of infectious diseases
▪ Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
▪ Safer and healthier foods
▪ Healthier mothers and babies
▪ Family planning
▪ Fluoridation of drinking water
▪ Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard