The national job market for epidemiologists is extremely strong. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for epidemiologists is expected to increase by 24% over the next 10 years, primarily due to an increase in demand for epidemiologic analysis in preventative health care, chronic disease and emergency response.
What Do Epidemiologists Do?
Epidemiologists work at both the individual and community levels to translate medical and laboratory data into population trends. Beyond investigating the cause of a disease, epidemiologists also develop intervention strategies to prevent disease and promote health in the following areas:
- Infectious disease
- Chronic disease
- Bioterrorism/emergency response
- Maternal and child health
- Social and behavioral health
- Substance abuse and/or oral health
Description of work
Epidemiologists typically do the following:
- Plan and direct public health research studies
- Collect and analyze data to investigate health issues
- Communicate their findings to health practitioners, policy makers and the public
- Manage public health programs
Areas of focus (or career paths/options)
There are two common types career paths for epidemiologists:
Research epidemiologists typically work for universities, health departments (ex: MDH), and government organizations (ex: CDC, WHO) conducting research to better understand health issues.
Applied epidemiologists address health crises directly by working with governments or private industry, commonly in health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, health departments (ex: MDH), and government organizations (ex: CDC, WHO). Those in nonprofit organizations often do public advocacy work.
Examples of Positions Held by Recent Graduates of the Epidemiology MPH Program
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Inc.
Minnesota Department of Health (Minnesota)
Disease Intervention Specialist
International Health Planner
Adult Immunization Coordinator
United HealthCare Services, Inc.
Healthcare Economics Analyst
Hennepin County (Minnesota)
Planning Specialist – Metropolitan Health Plan
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Atlanta, Georgia)
Regulatory and Clinical Research Institute (Minnesota)
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Genzyme (Boston, Massachusetts)
Associate Director of Epidemiology
The Lewin Group (Minnesota)
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (Cincinnati, Ohio)
State of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist