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analytical epidemiologyThe study of diseases that are distributed in a seemingly non-random fashion.
The design, execution and analysis of studies in groups to evaluate potential associations between risk factors and health outcomes.
The facet of epidemiology concerned with identifying health-related causes and effects; AE uses comparison groups for baseline data, to quantify the association between exposures and outcomes, and to test hypotheses about causal relationships. Analytical epidemiology attempts to identify factors in a disease-bearing population that differs from a non-diseased population; AE is divided into cross-sectional, prospective and retrospective forms.