Epidemiology - who cares?
In the first part of her series Mona Okasha discusses why epidemiology is worth bothering about
Have you ever played the word association game? You know the one, where I say a word and you say whatever comes into your head first. I say “Friday” and you say “pub,” or I say “holiday” and you say “sun.” OK, try this one then. I say “epidemiology” and you say “boring,” “irrelevant,” “rubbish.” Even if none of those was the first word that came to mind I expect you may agree with one or all of them. Many medics feel the same, possibly because the relevance of epidemiology is rarely highlighted in medical curriculums or perhaps because the excitement of doctoring beats the boredom of statistics.
It needn't be like that though. Epidemiology can be useful, interesting, and fun. It could even shape your future career. In this article I will give a brief overview of what epidemiology is and illustrate how epidemiology is relevant to you as