This article was presented at the 2008 AAPA meeting in a symposium in honor of A. Roberto Frisancho, on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Anthropology of the University of Michigan.
Original Research Article
Article first published online: 16 JUN 2009
Published 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Human Biology
Special Issue: Special Section: Symposium in Honor of A. Roberto Frisancho
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 687–693, September/October 2009
How to Cite
Albalak, R. (2009), From biological anthropology to applied public health: Epidemiological approaches to the study of infectious disease. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 21: 687–693. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.20942
This article is a US Government work and, as such, is in the public domain in the United States of America.
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 MAR 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 14 MAR 2009
- Manuscript Received: 24 NOV 2008
This article describes two large, multisite infectious disease programs: the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) and the Emerging Infections Programs (EIPs). The links between biological anthropology and applied public health are highlighted using these programs as examples. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the TBESC and EIPs conduct applied public health research to strengthen infectious disease prevention and control efforts in the United States. They involve collaborations among CDC, public health departments, and academic and clinical institutions. Their unique role in national infectious disease work, including their links to anthropology, shared elements, key differences, strengths and challenges, is discussed. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 2009. Published 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.