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Morbidity and Mortality

Environmental Health

  1. Goodarz Danaei1,
  2. Miguel A. Hernán1,2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vam036.pub2

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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How to Cite

Danaei, G. and Hernán, M. A. 2013. Morbidity and Mortality . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The frequency of overall or cause-specific morbidity and mortality is used in national and global statistics to characterize the health status of a population. Summary measures of population health combine the frequency of morbidity and mortality into one measure of burden of disease using disability weights or quality of life measures.


  • morbidity;
  • mortality;
  • prevalence;
  • incidence rate;
  • incidence proportion;
  • DALY;
  • HALE;
  • QALY