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This lecture overviews one of the most important concepts of epidemiology and global health. The Epidemiologic transition shifts the focus of epidemiology from a single disease to the systems of disease.

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John C. Caldwell reviews the 1971 paper by Abdel Omran on the epidemiological transition. Extracts from the original paper are reproduced, by permission, from The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly.