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Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define the role of medicine, health, and social epidemiology.

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Terms to Know

A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

Holistic Medicine

A type of health care that asserts that all aspects of a person's well-being should be considered in a preventative approach to health management.


A social institution that focuses on the treatment and prevention of illness.

Social Epidemiology

Study of how various diseases on the one hand, and good health on the other, are distributed throughout a population.

Socialized Medicine

Government owned and operated health care.