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Reacting to the Past: London: Epidemiology and Public Health

A resource guides for students engaged in the game London 1854: Cesspits, Cholera and Conflict over the Broad Street Pump

What is Epidemiology?

Plague Doctors Behind the Masks

Plague doctors, known for their unsettling masks and dark suits, were a mixed blessing in the war against disease. Some were charlatans, many were simple bureaucrats, and others worked tirelessly to cure and comfort the diseased. (Image by Wikimedia Commons)

Hippocrates: Epidemiology's Grandfather

Hippocrates, regarded by many as the father of medicine, made vast contributions to human health and quality of life. (Image by PBS)


"Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems. Epidemiologists study the variation of disease in relation to age, sex, race, occupational and social characteristics, place of residence, susceptibility, exposure to specific agents or other pertinent characteristics. Epidemiologists develop and evaluate hypotheses about the effects on human health of hereditary, behavioral, environmental, and health care factors, and develop the knowledge basis for disease prevention and control programs."

-University of Colorado School of Public Health


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Careers in Epidemiology

Interested in a career in epidemiology? Take the quiz and find your place in the field! (Image by Medical Research Council)

Advances in the Field

Almost two centuries after John Snow's death, one PHD student takes a look at how much epidemiology has changed. (Image by Ted Blogs)

Books on Epidemiology