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Linda A. Alexander, EdD

Author Affiliations

Linda A. Alexander, EdD

Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student, and Faculty Affairs

West Virginia University’s School of Public Health

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Appalachian Health

F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD

Faculty Fellow, Lewis Honors College

Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research Emeritus

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Appalachian Health


Since the 1800s this traditional triad of descriptive epidemiology has allowed for effective interventions to deal with epidemics. A focus on time, place, and person also provides a critical framework for interventions in controlling the epidemic by focusing on those populations with the highest risk for disease.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0304.01

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Alexander LA, Scutchfield FD. The Importance of Time, Place, and Person: Applying Elementary Epidemiology to COVID-19 Outcomes in Rural Appalachia. J Appalach Health 2021;3(4):1–4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0304.01

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