100 Awesome Things An Epidemiologist May Do

We have compiled a list of 100 things that you can do if you become an Epidemiologist:

1. Biostatistician

Manages performance and decision making.

2. Research Data Analyst

Researches metrics and statistics.

3. Research Assistant in Health Economics

Assists lead researcher within health economics studies.

4. Pharmacoepidemiology

Hopkinsmedicine.org reports this as being, “The study of the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people.”

5. Director of Epidemiology

Manages daily operations of epidemiologists.

6. Communicable Disease Nurse

Educates on prevention of communicable diseases.

7. Research Coordinator

Plans investigations for multiple areas of healthcare.

8. Senior Analyst

Works to support client affairs.

9. Infection Control Practitioner

Provides consultation regarding infectious diseases.

10. Pediatric Rheumatologist

Cares for children with rheumatic diseases.

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11. Concussion Research Clinic Coordinator

Works within sports injury research clinics.

12. Clinical Supervisor

Supports student research in epidemiology.

13. University Faculty Position

Works within departments of a university.

14. Scientific and Medical Information Assistant

Supports Scientific and Medical Chief of Staff.

15. Medical Technology Advisor

Configures technological equipment in the medical field.

16. Decision Support Analyst

Develops applications to promote decision making within an organization.

17. Public Health Nurse

This nurse works with the public in and out of the hospital.

18. Evidence Development and Standards Manager

Manages staff to ensure that deadlines are met.

19. Occupational Hygiene Officer

Educates and maintains office hygiene.

20. Quality and Safety Partner

Supports and implements patient safety.

21. Ergonomics Lab Manager

Improves employee comfort by managing ergonomics analysts.

22. Youth Health Service Coordinator

Administers health and nutrition programs to children.

23. Associate Professor of Dermatology

Assistant to college dermatology professor.

24. Communications Coordinator

Liaison between hospitals and the media.

25. Public Health Veterinarian

Works to diagnose and treat ill pets.

26. School Program Manager

Manages information and activities shared within schools.

27. Policy Analyst

Restructures new policies and implements past policies.

28. Biologist

Researches living organisms.

29. Medical Science Liaison

Professional consultant hired by pharmaceutical companies.

30. Infrastructure Support Specialist

Implements and supports new technology solutions.

31. Program Leader

Oversees activities completed during medical programs.

32. Program Administrator

Plans and implements care or education programs

33. Assistant Professor in Neurology

Works as an associate to a neurology professor.

34. Vaccines Epidemiologist

Researches and assesses vaccine protection.

35. Genetic Epidemiologist

Studies genetic factors which determine disease.

36. Plant Microbe Ecologist

Researches plant microbe interaction in soil.

37. Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Performs analysis on biological samples.

38. Nurse Manager

Upper level registered nurse that manages nursing staff.

39. Staff Epidemiologist Specialist

Studies patterns and risks of illness within an organization.

40. Pharmacovigilance Specialist

The World Health Organization describes this as, “The science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.”

41. Associate Professor of Health Policy

Assistant to the professor of health policies.

42. Research Intern

Assists the senior researchers within organizations.

43. Strategic Initiatives Office Manager

Oversees research quality and impact.

44. Postdoctoral Fellowship

Epidemiology Ph.D. students complete this paid work experience.

45. Public Health Policy Analyst

Analyzes policies and guidelines in the public health system.

46. Clinical Metabolomics Data Analyst

Researches phenotypic signatures of neurological disorders.

47. Health Economist

Evaluates existing economic evaluations regarding drugs and health.

48. Rehabilitation For Obese Patients

Works with overweight patients.

49. Toxicologist

The Society of Toxicology states: “Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on people, animals, and the environment.”

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50. Scientific Analyst in Chemical Emergencies

Updates health portfolios and improves training materials.

51. Business Intelligence Manager

Develops solutions within business intelligence department.

52. Assistant Veterinarian

Provides professional care in regards to university learning with pets.

53. Nutritional Epidemiologist

Assesses diet and nutrition for multiple ethnic groups and populations.

54. Health Center Coordinator for Youth and Teens

Delivers health promotion programs to local youth.

55. Market Access Manager

Manages vendor projects to strengthen clinical gaps.

56. Decision Modeler

Researches activities revolving around health and policy.

57. Bacteriologist

Studies samples at the cellular level.

58. Director of Mosquito Control

Works with entomologists within the CDC to monitor the spread of diseases.

59. HIV/AIDS Epidemiologist

Monitors the impact of AIDS on populations.

60. Virologist

Studies viral infections and parasites.

61. Parasitologist

Studies parasites and how they affect people.

62. Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

Studies chronic diseases and researches possible solutions.

63. Microbiologist

Studies virology, immunology, and microorganisms.

64. City Research Scientist

Works to prevent transmission of diseases in large cities.

65. Cancer Epidemiologist

Researches causes and possible treatments for cancer.

66. Social Epidemiologist

Studies social distribution of health and medicine.

67. Commissioner of Health

Designs policies for healthcare organizations.

68. Public Health Officer

Applies preventative medicine to public health issues.

69. Population Policy Analyst

Researches the consequences of population growth on society.

70. Training Medical Advisor

Developes marketing strategies and supports regulatory affairs.

71. Vaccine Study Field Manager

Works alongside vaccine researches and manages processes.

72. Evaluation Consultant

Evaluates epidemiology related work on a consulting basis.

73. Technical Officer

Provides support through technology to solve complex problems.

74. Systems Completion Coordinator

Monitors system completion database maintenance.

75. Resident Physician

Physician training as a resident in a hospital setting.

76. Public Health Sanitarian Technician

Enforces sanitation codes and state laws.

77. Clinical Subjects Coordinator

Identifies potential patients for clinical trials.

78. Lecturer

Works within education systems.

79. Tuberculosis Epidemiologist

Researches and studies clues regarding TB.

80. Injury Prevention Epidemiologist

Monitors statistics regarding workplace injury.

81. Enteric Epidemiologist

Tracks pathogens that cause intestinal infections.

82. Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer

Works within the CDC regarding biological warfare.

83. Human Capital Analyst

Supports strategic workforce planning.

84. Metabolomics Biostatistician

Performs biological experiments on cellular processes.

85. Marketing Intelligence Associate

Compiles research data in regards to the medical market.

86. Healthcare Analyst

Analyzes important pieces of medical data.

87. Regulatory Counsel

Develops policy for generic drug distribution.

88. Integration Specialist

Provides on the job mentoring for public health classes.

89. Deputy Commissioner for Epidemiology

Oversees epidemiology departments.

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90. Foodborne Epidemiologist

Monitor foodborne diseases within the IDEB.

91. Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention

Educates on how to avoid lead poisoning.

92. Infections Surveillance Coordinator

Interprets data for disease surveillance.

93. Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention

Works within the CDC to prevent AIDS.

94. Outbreak Data Manager

Processes data on multiple infectious diseases.

95. Public Health Medical Administrator

Programs and manages public health organizations.

96. Chief of Bureau of CDPC

Coordinates and organizes the delivery of services.

97. Alcohol Epidemiologist

Researches drugs and alcohol within the public.

98. Manager of Quality Assurance and Evaluation

Manages quality as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

99. Epidemiologist Data Manager

Manages data quality of surveillance system.

100. Director of Tuberculosis Elimination

Works for the CDC for the eradication of TB.

Most of these awesome things also require a Masters in Public Health degree or MPH. See also 100 Things You Can Do With A Masters In Public Health


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