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Become A Public Health Epidemiologist

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Working As A Public Health Epidemiologist

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $51,960

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Public Health Epidemiologist does

  • Develop objectives, protocols and procedures for researching, collecting and analyzing health data, statistics and policy.
  • Researched and maintained current information regarding emergency planning, preparedness and response, bioterrorism, and other assigned public health topics.
  • Provided public health information to the public, medical providers, and day care facilities.
  • Entered patient information into the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SENDSS).
  • Created a database for PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program) for program evaluation for both Tulsa and Oklahoma counties.
  • Assisted the communities in disasters recovery efforts.
  • Analyze data and prepare investigative reports.
  • Performed epidemiological investigations on various health outcomes.
  • Perform data analysis, respond to data requests.
  • Developed and conducted BioWatch training exercises.
  • Prepared educational PowerPoint presentations on diabetes management and prevention to present to local churches.
  • Served on the MHA Infection Control Advisory Committee to develop and track measures for surgical infection prevention.
  • Implement plans to increase Nevada's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) epidemiology capacity.
  • Conducted analytical research on the prevalence of Hepatitis B Investigated mobile transmission Hepatitis B and other prevalent infectious diseases.
  • Answered written or phone inquiries from medical practitioners and/or the general public regarding incidence, control and prevention communicable diseases.

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How To Become A Public Health Epidemiologist

Health educators need a bachelor’s degree. Some employers may require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential. Community health workers typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some states have certification programs for community health workers.

Education

Health educators need at least a bachelor’s degree in health education or health promotion. Students learn theories and methods of health behavior and health education and gain the knowledge and skills they will need to develop health education materials and programs. Most programs include an internship.

Some health educator positions require a master’s or doctoral degree. Graduate programs are commonly in community health education, school health education, public health education, or health promotion. A variety of undergraduate majors may be acceptable for entry to a master’s degree program.

Community health workers typically have a high school diploma, although some jobs may require postsecondary education. Education programs may lead to a 1-year certificate or a 2-year associate’s degree and cover topics such as wellness, ethics, and cultural awareness, among others.

Training

Community health workers typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Training often covers core competencies, such as communication or outreach skills, and information about the specific health topics that they will be focusing on. For example, community health workers who work with Alzheimer’s patients may learn about how to communicate effectively with patients dealing with dementia.

Other Experience

Community health workers usually have some knowledge of a specific community, population, medical condition, or disability. The ability to speak a foreign language may be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some employers require health educators to obtain the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential, which is offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. To obtain certification, candidates must pass an exam that is aimed at entry-level health educators who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. To maintain their certification, they must complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years. There is also the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential for health educators with advanced education and experience.

Most states do not require community health workers to become certified, however voluntary certification exists or is being considered or developed in a number of states. Requirements vary but may include completing an approved training program. For more information, contact your state’s board of health, nursing, or human services.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health educators collect and analyze data in order to evaluate programs and to determine the needs of the people they serve.

Instructional skills. Health educators and community health workers should be comfortable with public speaking so that they can lead programs, teach classes, and facilitate discussion with clients and families.

Interpersonal skills. Health educators and community health workers interact with many people from a variety of backgrounds. They must be good listeners and be culturally sensitive to respond to the needs of the people they serve.

Problem-solving skills. Health educators and community health workers must think creatively about how to improve the health of the community through health education programs. In addition, they may need to solve problems that arise in planning programs, such as changes to their budget or resistance from the community they are serving.

Writing skills. Health educators and community health workers develop written materials to convey health-related information. Health educators also write proposals to develop programs and apply for funding.

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Public Health Epidemiologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    52.1%
  • Male

    37.5%
  • Unknown

    10.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.3%
  • Asian

    13.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    3.9%
  • Unknown

    3.6%
  • Black or African American

    2.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    28.6%
  • Nepali

    14.3%
  • French

    14.3%
  • Russian

    14.3%
  • Hindi

    14.3%
  • Mandarin

    14.3%
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Real Public Health Epidemiologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Public Health Epidemiologist Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department Lincoln, NE Sep 11, 2013 $69,233
Public Health Epidemiologist Cumberland County Department of Health Millville, NJ Apr 15, 2013 $61,500
Public Health Epidemiologist Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department Lincoln, NE Sep 11, 2010 $59,995
Public Health Epidemiologist Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department Lincoln, NE Nov 09, 2016 $59,010 -
$78,707
Public Health Epidemiologist State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Providence, RI Sep 02, 2011 $58,201
Public Health Epidemiologist Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department Lincoln, NE May 17, 2010 $58,105
Public Health Epidemiologist Dept of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA Jan 06, 2011 $52,000
Public Health Epidemiologist La Dept of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public He New Orleans, LA May 01, 2012 $51,896
Public Health Epidemiologist Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Baton Rouge, LA Aug 31, 2015 $51,709
Public Health Epidemiologist Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Baton Rouge, LA Jan 06, 2014 $51,709

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Top Skills for A Public Health Epidemiologist

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Top Public Health Epidemiologist Skills

  1. Public Health Information
  2. Disease Surveillance
  3. Ambassador/Epidemiologist
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided public health information to the public, medical providers, and day care facilities.
  • Served as a clinical consultant regarding disease surveillance, prevention and control for local medical community and general public.
  • Researched and maintained current information regarding emergency planning, preparedness and response, bioterrorism, and other assigned public health topics.
  • Conducted investigations of disease outbreaks including questionnaire and database development, case/control interviews, data analysis, and results reporting.
  • Assisted the communities in disasters recovery efforts.

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