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Since the Department of Health Policy and Management became segregated in 1987, the Department of Preventive Medicine has been dedicated to the study and research on epidemiology and occupational & environmental medicine. Epidemiology is first and foremost an academic field in which a given population is the research subject. Second, research is conducted in order to determine the frequency and distribution of all health- and disease-related phenomena as well as relevant determining factors leading up to death. Third, it is a discipline which aims to develop practical measures for disease prevention and health promotion. Epidemiology serves as a key basis for not only public health but also clinical medicine. Occupational & environmental medicine endeavors to safeguard the health of working individuals by diagnosing occupational diseases and occupation-related illnesses. Furthermore, it seeks to verify the environmental effects on health and to investigate the causes of — and solutions for — such environment-related diseases. It is ultimately a branch of medicine that helps people live in a healthy environment.

The Department of Preventive Medicine focuses on research on cancer epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology & clinical epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and molecular & genetic epidemiology, etc. It is also devoted to providing training for specialists, full-time graduate students and researchers in preventive and occupational medicine with the goal of fostering the next generation of leaders in these fields. Moreover, given the rise of chronic diseases among South Korea's rapidly aging population, the Department of Preventive Medicine continues to lead the development of clinical preventive medicine by examining high-risk patients and effectively managing their risk factors as a measure of preventing chronic diseases.


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