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Occupational Epi unveiled

Dr. Alice Hamilton

Dr. Alice Hamilton

What is occupational epidemiology?

You can certainly find more comprehensive definitions through the links to your right, but, in short, epidemiology is the study of factors affecting illness and health. The “occupational” part situates our inquiry in the context of work.

The mother of Occupational Epidemiology is Dr. Alice Hamilton. Of the many firsts she achieved (like becoming the first woman appointed to faculty at Harvard University), she pioneered a field which continues to benefit the world. Read her amazing story here. There is a video of her story that I will try to unearth.

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