Opinion Article - Research in Clinical Dermatology (2023) Volume 6, Issue 4
Understanding Dermatitis: Causes, Types, and Management
Yvette Cozie *
Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Yvette Cozie
Department of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health
Received: 30- Jun -2023, Manuscript No. AARCD-23-110309; Editor assigned: 01- Jul -2023, PreQC No. AARCD-23-110309 (PQ); Reviewed: 15- Jul-2023, QC No. AARCD-23-110309; Revised: 19- Jul -2023, Manuscript No. AARCD-23-110309 (R); Published: 31- Jul-2023, DOI: 10.35841/aarcd-6.4.160
Citation: ShikuW. Understanding Dermatitis: Causes, Types, and Management. Res Clin Dermatol. 2023;6(4):158
Epidemiology, often referred to as the cornerstone of public health, is a field dedicated to unraveling the patterns and determinants of health and disease within populations. It provides essential insights that guide policymakers, healthcare professionals, and researchers in understanding, preventing, and managing various health issues. By analyzing the distribution and determinants of health-related events, epidemiology plays a crucial role in shaping public health interventions and policies. At its core, epidemiology is concerned with studying the occurrence and distribution of health events, such as diseases, injuries, and behaviors, within populations. This entails examining not only the frequency of these events but also their variations across different demographic groups, geographic locations, and time periods. By identifying patterns and trends, epidemiologists can discern potential risk factors and protective factors that contribute to the development of diseases .
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