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Epidemiology Unit
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About Us

About the Epidemiology Unit

Mission Statement

To ensure the availability of high-quality and comprehensive health data on the Los Angeles County population and to facilitate its use for public health assessment, policy development, and program planning and evaluation.

What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology is a core science in public health. It's the study of the distribution and determinants of health conditions in populations.

Organizational Overview

The Epidemiology Unit is part of the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology (OHAE), which is overseen by the Department of Public Health's Chief Science Officer.

Under the leadership of Douglas Frye, MD, MPH, the Epidemiology Unit consists of a team of researchers specialized in the fields of epidemiology, geography, and demography.

Key Activities

The Epidemiology Unit collaborates with many Department of Public Health offices and programs as well as community partners to provide services in the following areas:

  • Epidemiology training and support
  • Centralize technology, training, and resources for mapping health data using geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Standardize and provide data on demographics, childhood obesity, life expectancy, and other indicators of community health
  • Participate in the conduct of special research studies and publish public health reports