by Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Rachel Cooper and Diana Kuh
Int. J. Epidemiol. (August 2016) 45 (4): 973-988
The term ‘life course epidemiology’ was coined in 1997 with the publication of the first edition of A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Life course epidemiology is now recognized as a field of research in its own right and was added to the fifth edition of the Dictionary of Epidemiology. The purpose of this overview is to assess the development and current state of the field of life course epidemiology, including its recent application to the study of ageing as the focus of this special journal issue.