Genetic And Environmental Epidemiology

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Genetic epidemiology is considered a newer branch of epidemiology that focuses on the etiology, distribution, and control of diseases in groups of genetically related individuals and those with inherited genetic diseases. It attempts to understand the manner in which genetic factors interact with the environment in the context of population diseases and health conditions. The content area of genetic epidemiology consists of the etiology of inherited diseases, the distribution of inherited disorders, and methods to prevent or alter the impact of inherited disorders. Simply stated, genetic epidemiology examines the role of inherited factors in disease etiology. This chapter describes genetic and environmental epidemiology and differentiates the types of genetic testing. It helps the reader to identify common air, water, and soil pollutants. The chapter provides the means to conduct a personal environmental assessment of air, water, and soil pollutants and an exposure assessment.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach