Epidemiology is the study of determinants of disease across populations, and of ways to reduce the impact of these diseases on the health of the community. Epidemiological research is central to the Doherty Institute’s role in addressing health conditions related to infection and immunity in Australia and globally.
By understanding which diseases are responsible for a significant or increasing health burden in specific populations or across the entire community, and investigating ways to reduce this burden, epidemiological research helps set the agenda for other forms of research, clinical interventions, and public health policies.
Epidemiological work at the Doherty Institute covers a wide range of conditions, using a variety of research techniques and strategies, some of which include:
- Enhanced notifiable disease surveillance and analysis
- Outbreak investigations and case-control studies to investigate emergent public health concerns
- Record linkage studies and interrogation of public health registries
- Community-based health intervention evaluations
- Mathematical modelling of disease transmission
- Molecular epidemiology
- Genomic analysis
The scope of epidemiological expertise represented at the Doherty Institute is recognised internationally.
Many Doherty Institute epidemiologists actively contribute to education and training of future generations of researchers through teaching postgraduate epidemiology and public health students, supervising epidemiological researchers from undergraduate to PhD level, and providing training in epidemiology and surveillance methodology to public health workers.