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Epidemiology and the People’s Health: Theory and Context

Nancy Krieger


Epidemiology is often referred to as the science of public health. However, unlike other major sciences, its theoretical foundations are rarely articulated. While the idea of epidemiologic theory may seem dry and arcane, it is at its core about explaining the people's health. It is about life and death. It is about biology and society. It is about ecology and the economy. It is about how myriad aspects of people's lives—involving work, dignity, desire, love, play, conflict, discrimination, and injustice—become literally incorporated into our bodies and manifest in our health status, individual ... More

Keywords: embodiment, epidemiology, health inequities, history, politics, population health, public health, social epidemiology, theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Krieger, author
Harvard School of Public Health
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