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What is Epidemiology? Epidemiology is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. Epidemiological information is used to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent illness and as a guide to the management of patients in whom disease has already developed. Like the clinical findings and pathology, the epidemiology of a disease is an integral part of its basic description. The subject has its special techniques of data collection and interpretation, and its necessary technical terms. Epidemiology is also a basic science for public health.

Introduction and Welcome to our Department

The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, is a department within McGill's Faculty of Medicine. The Department has a tradition of excellence in the teaching of epidemiology at the graduate level and is home to over 50 dynamic and active faculty members whose fields of inquiry include clinical epidemiology, respiratory epidemiology, pharmaco-epidemiology, population and public health, infectious disease epidemiology, women's health, reproductive epidemiology and maternal and child health, occupational health, and cancer epidemiology. Emerging new areas include social epidemiology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, technology assessment, health outcomes and cost effectiveness evaluation, health services research and clinical research informatics.

Brochure: Training in Epidemiology at McGill [.pdf]