Epidemiology and Risk Assessment

Jonathan M. Samet, Ronald H. White, Thomas A. Burke

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This chapter provides an introduction to risk assessment, focusing on those aspects of risk assessment methodology most pertinent to epidemiologists and addressing the use of epidemiologic data in risk assessment. In the United States, quantitative risk assessment has become widely used for translating the findings of epidemiologic and toxicologic research into public policy; this methodology is also being advanced in other countries. A trend of including risk assessment in legislation related to environment regulation predicts increasing use. Epidemiologic data may have a prominent role in risk assessment, by providing information relevant to hazard identification, exposure assessment, and dose response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplied Epidemiology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory to Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864997
ISBN (Print)0195187415, 9780195187410
StatePublished - Aug 17 2006


  • Epidemiological studies
  • Public health practice
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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