The field of Epidemiology offers a wide range of
careers for those at the MPH, MS or PhD level of scholarship. Epidemiology graduates from the University of Washington have secured employment
locally, nationally and internationally, as physicians, research associates,
study coordinators, epidemiologists, public health practitioners, and
scientists. Many are also University faculty members or postdoctoral researchers;
they work at medical institutions, for private businesses and for non-profit
organizations. Employing agencies include the World
Health Organization, National
Institutes of Health, Centers
for Disease Control, American
Cancer Society, Washington
State Department of Health, the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, Mayo
Clinic, Harvard University, University of North Carolina, Johns
Hopkins University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, the University
of Washington, and many other similar universities and organizations.
Students pursuing an MPH generally seek employment in the more practice-oriented arena, such as a local or state public health department. Typical jobs in these organizations range from Epidemiologist (example: infectious disease surveillance) to Disease Intervention Specialist. Frequently, public health practitioners perform duties that would fall under other public health disciplines, such as health education, program design and evaluation and policy development. Duties vary widely, and may include outbreak and other field investigations, interviews, literature reviews, database searching, and those listed under the MS below, especially for graduates completing the MS core courses.
Students earning an MS usually pursue careers in research with responsibilities including study design, data analysis, grant and report writing, publication preparation and study coordination.
Federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, offer a wide range of positions (such as those listed under the MPH and MS), especially research and outbreak investigation (CDC). Both organizations offer many fellowships, education and training opportunities, including opportunities to work for the Epidemiologic Intelligence Service.
A sample of some of the career paths that have been chosen by epidemiologists include:
See also :
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