study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events
in specified populations, and the application of this study to control of
health problems. "Study" includes surveillance, observation, hypothesis
testing, analytic research, and experiments. "Distribution" refers
to analysis by time, place, and classes of persons affected. "Determinants"
are all the physical, biological, social, cultural, and behavioral factors
that influence health. "Health-related states and events" include
diseases, causes of death, behavior such as use of tobacco, reactions to
preventive regimens, and promotion and use of health services. "Specified
populations" are those with identifiable characteristics such as precisely
defined numbers. "Application to control..." makes explicit the
aim of epidemiology--to promote, protect, and restore health. A Dictionary
of Epidemiology edited for the International Epidemiological Association
by John M. Last et al. 3rd edition, New York : Oxford University Press,
- CIESIN Thematic Guide on Human Health
- Information on the effect of global climate change on human health, including help in finding relevant data sets.
- Demography & Population Studies
- This site keeps track of "leading information facilities of value and/or significance to researchers in the
field of Demography."
- Epidemiologic Information on Bioterrorism
- provides access to multiple articles from the scientific and popular press, organized by topic. From the UCLA Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
- Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry Program (EDBP) , National Institute on Aging
- Information on the Program's activities and bibliographies of its publications from 1993 on.
Association for Statistical Computing
- Statistical software and databases compiled by the association
- Office of Policy Research, Social Security
- Information on data available to epidemiology researchers from the SSA.
- Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health
- Lectures on epidemiology topics from universities around the world presented in a power point slide format. Over 1,000 lectures are included. Locate lectures by browsing by topic, author, or from the alphabetic list.
- Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR)
- Public access to health and exposure data concerning Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, much of it from theDOE Worker Health and Mortality Study.
- HazDat Database
- HazDat, is the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database. The database was developed to provide access to information on the emergency events the health of human populations.
- Health Services and Sciences Research Resources
- The HSRR database contains descriptions of about 300 research datasets, over 55 instruments/indices, and more than 20 software applications that are frequently used in health services research and in the behavioral and social sciences. These research-oriented tools may be used to assess data variables and data collection methodologies.
- WHO Statistical Information System
- Access to data from the World Health Organization. Some of it is in the form of downloadable Excel spreadsheets. Links to other health agencies in member countries are also supplied.