This thesis deals with the interrelationship between epidemiology and health policy. According to Rothman, the clearest of many definitions of epidemiology that have been proposed has been attributed to Anderson, who defined epidemiology as "the science of disease occurrence". The primary task of epidemiological research is to quantify the occurrence of illness in order to evaluate hypotheses about the causation of illness and its sequelae, and to relate disease occurrence to characteristics of people and their environment.

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A.F. Casparie (Anton) , D. Kromhout (Daan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Dutch Diabetic Research Foundation, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

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