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Introduction to Epidemiology



Goals in Epidemiology

Epidemiology is conceptually goal oriented and purposeful. As such, it focuses on three distinct objectives, viz. therapeutic, preventive, health maintenance and promotion.

1. Maintenance and promotion of the healthy state.
2. Preventive action - to inhibit the transition from healthy to the unhealthy state by avoiding and/or minimizing exposure to risk factors.
3. Curative (therapeutic) - increasing recoveries from unhealthy to the healthy state and thus minimizing mortalities.

Uses of Epidemiology

A. Serves as a diagnostic discipline

A.1. Intensive Follow-Up

A. 2. Surveillance

B. Directed action against diseases

It can be stated then that the eventual goal of epidemiologic efforts is to PREVENT or CONTROL diseases and unhealthy or unsafe conditions in populations of humans or animals.






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