Occupational Epidemiology

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Occupational health and safety is considered a branch of public health focusing on diseases, health alterations, and injuries within the working population. Occupational health and safety programs implement strategies and regulations that are designed to prevent or reduce the occurrence of occupational disease and injury among the working population. Occupational health exists at the intersection of government regulation, management, and labor relations. Occupational epidemiology is a branch of epidemiology concerned with the determination of the distribution and determinants of health, illness, and risk factors within the occupational environment. It supports healthcare practice in several areas. Occupational health nursing is a specialized area of community and public health nursing practice. Nurses have the knowledge, skills, and ability to integrate nursing knowledge with occupational health knowledge to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational health programs on employee health outcomes.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach