Descriptor English: Epidemiology
Descriptor Spanish: Epidemiología
Descriptor Portuguese: Epidemiologia
Descriptor French: Épidémiologie
Entry term(s): Epidemiologies, Social
Epidemiology, Social
Social Epidemiologies
Social Epidemiology
Tree number(s): H02.403.720.500
RDF Unique Identifier:
Scope note: A branch or subespecialty of epidemiology that studies the role of social structures, processes, and factors in the production of health and disease in populations. It uses epidemiological knowledge, reasoning, and methods to study why and how the distribution of health states is influenced by factors as ethnicity, socioeconomic status and position, social class, or environmental and housing conditions. It may use a life course approach. (From: Porta M [Ed]. A Dictionary of Epidemiology; sixth edition. Oxford University Press; New York: 2014.)
Annotation: specialty only; prefer /epidemiol with diseases; do not confuse with TOPOGRAPHY, MEDICAL: epidemiology emphasizes disease outbreaks & disease-related conditions, topography emphasizes geography-related events
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
EC economics
ED education
ES ethics
HI history
IS instrumentation
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
OG organization & administration
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TD trends
Entry Combination: methods:Epidemiologic Methods
Entry Version: EPIDEMIOL
DeCS ID: 28566
Unique ID: D004813
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2020/05/14
Epidemiology - Preferred
Concept UI M0007545
Scope note Field concerned with the determination of causes, incidence, and characteristic behavior of disease outbreaks affecting human populations. It includes the interrelationships of host, agent, and environment as related to the distribution and control of disease.
Preferred term Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology - Narrower
Concept UI M000679279
Scope note Branch of epidemiology primarily concerned with the role of social factors-such as socioeconomic class, gender, or ethnicity on patterns of health.
Preferred term Social Epidemiology
Entry term(s) Epidemiologies, Social
Epidemiology, Social
Social Epidemiologies

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