chapter  4
Epidemiology and health promotion
A common understanding
ByAndrew Tannahill
Pages 11

Epidemiology is widely recognized as an important scientific foundation for health promotion. This chapter addresses the important questions ‘What has epidemiology contributed to health promotion?’ and ‘How might health promotion be better served by epidemiology?’ Broadly speaking, two interrelated problem areas are encountered: these concern, respectively, the way in which epidemiology is currently brought to bear on health promotion and, more fundamentally, the way in which the term ‘epidemiology’ is commonly interpreted.