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The science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

It is the cornerstone of public health, and informs policy decisions and evidence based medicine and practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.

Epidemiologists help with study design, collection, and statistical analysis of data, and interpretation and dissemination of results (including peer review and occasional systematic review). Epidemiology has helped develop methodology used in clinical research, public health studies, and, to a lesser extent, basic research in the biological sciences.

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