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Descriptor in English: Epidemiology
Descriptor in Spanish: Epidemiología
Descriptor in Portuguese: Epidemiologia
Descriptor in French: Épidémiologie
Tree number(s): H02.403.720.500
SP5.001
SP8.946.702.667.586
Scope note: Field of medicine 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.
Annotation: SPEC only: SPEC qualif; prefer /epidemiol with diseases: Manual 19.7+, 19.8.31; do not confuse with TOPOGRAPHY, MEDICAL: epidemiol emphasizes disease outbreaks & disease-related conditions, topography emphasizes geography-related events; DF: EPIDEMIOL
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
DeCS UI: 28566
Descriptor UI: D004813
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2009/07/06
Epidemiology - Preferred
Concept UI M0007545
Scope note Field of medicine 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



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