Epidemiologists study health and disease from both the biological and policy perspectives, conducting clinical research, collecting and analyzing data, and considering the various ways that technology innovations could impact the prevention or spread of disease. To keep up with the latest news regarding outbreaks, consider subscribing (in DIGEST form) to the ProMED listserv.
For an intro to the field, read Epidemiology for the Uninitiated from the British Medical Journal (BMJ). View current outbreak news on the Health Map (global or local) from Boston Children's Hospital. Get interactive by completing web-based exercises in EpiVille (designed by Columbia University).
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In 1960, the National Library of Medicine created a specific vocabulary for labeling and organizing biomedical literature, such as articles found in the PubMed database: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Familiarize yourself with MeSH and how to use it BEFORE you start researching.
WATCH a video introduction (11 minutes) to MeSH VocabularySEARCH the MeSH database to find the official MeSH terms for your topicREAD a detailed tutorial about MeSH vocabulary