Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
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
Books on Epidemiology
Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control by
Basic Concepts in Statistics and Epidemiology by
Case Studies in Forensic Epidemiology by
The Origins of Epidemiology