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What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology literally means "the study of what is upon the people". It's the study of identifying risks, patterns, causes and effects on health using the right scientific tools. A well-known example of this is the fact that smoking causes lung cancer: we all know it does, but the risk factors had to be identified, researched and proven by epidemiologists.

Epidemiological research has strongly gained importance over the last decades. This is due to major changes in public health and health care systems, where emphasis is more and more put on evidence based practice and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, there have been global developments, such as rapid population growth and urbanisation, globalisation of the (agricultural) industry and increasing mobility. This leads to increased (novel) infectious disease risks, and environmental and occupational exposures to combustion products and chemicals. Increased life expectancy in Western societies give rise to increased incidence of chronic disease.

Epidemiology is a scientific discipline increasingly asked for in clinical (human, pharmaceutical or veterinary) research, industry and policymaking. With ‘evidence based medicine’ setting new standards, specialists are needed in design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research.


Why opt for Epidemiology at Utrecht University?

Utrecht University hosts the only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands, the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS) and the interfacultary Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS).  In addition, Utrecht Science Park accommodates Utrecht Life Sciences, a strategic alliance between academia, public institutions private organizations and government in order to drive innovations in human and veterinary health care.

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