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Key Epidemiological Terms

Natural History of a Disease

The term epidemiology is used to refer both to:

  • A method of study of diseases
  • A body of knowledge about the natural history of a disease

The natural history of a disease is a description of how that disease "behaves" and what factors affect its incidence and distribution.

The next frame is a partial list of such factors.