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Extra health notes ch.3

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Extra health notes ch.3 Public health 2000


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extra notes from ch. 3 (epidemiology)
Intro to public health
Heather Harmon
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Public Health, health, Public, epidemic, Epidemiology
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Date Created: 02/01/16
Extra Health 2000 notes ch.3 Epidemiology: “the study of the distribution and determinants of health­ related states or events in specified populations.” (p.64) Endemic: expected number of  diseases can be considered an endemic,  an illness epidemic, or pandemic (depends on  disease) Epidemic: larger number of an illness than expected  Epidemiologist: investigates how often  Pandemic: an illness breaks diseases occur in certain regions and  groups of people out across borders  Examples of epidemics in history:  Leprosy  Smallpox Epidemiologists work with numbers, (i.e. rates of people born, people who  died, or number who died from an illness)  Natality rate: live births divided by total specific population  Morbidity rate: illness   Mortality/fatality rate: deaths divided by the total of the specific population  Population­at­risk: individuals in a group of people that are vulnerable to a certain disease. 3 important types of morbidity rates: 1. Incident rate: number of health­related events, divided by total in that population  (p.67) a. Acute disease: duration is less than 3 months 2. Prevalence rate: number of new & old cases of disease, divided by total in that  population (p.67) a. Chronic disease: duration is more than 3 months 3. Attack rate: incident rate for a certain group of people for a singular disease Crude & Age­adjusted Rates:  [a crude rate includes total population]  Crude birth rate: live births, divided by total population   Crude death rate: deaths in a year, divide by total population   Age­adjusted rate: “used to make comparisons of relative risks across groups  and over time when groups differ in age structure.” (p.68)  Cause­specific rate: rate used to measure for specific diseases and groups Notifiable disease: Notifiable disease: infectious disease that health officials HAS TO report o Possible to become epidemic National Electronic Telecommunications System (NETS): way of electronically  reporting diseases  Examples of notifiable diseases: o AIDS o Hep. A, B, C o Measles The U.S. is most concerned with the Flu. Unfortunately, sometimes life ends before age 65 or 75 (can be due to a  number of reasons). When this happens, the years of potential life lost can  be calculated based on their life expectancy.  Life expectancy: number of years a person is expected to live U.S. Census  Every 10 years  Not 100% accurate o Some people don’t participate o Some own two houses Studies Descriptive studies: defines illnesses and diseases in regard to specific facts  (people, location, time­frame) Answer all the W questions (who, what, when, etc.) Placebo effect sometimes involved


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