Epidemiology question

  1. Hello all,

    I have to write a paper on the topic of epidemiology, and I need to incorporate the opinions of fellow nursing students into said paper. So, without further ado:

    With epidemiology being defined by the freedictionary.com as -
    "the science concerned with the study of the factors determining and influencing the frequency and distribution of disease, injury, and other health-related events and their causes in a defined human population."

    What do you feel is the impact/importance of epidemiology on the clinical experience?
    (do you think about it at all? does it influence your actions? etc.)

    Thank You to any and all for your time and input.