The Profession of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The US Public Health Service has declared epidemiology as an area in need of many more trained professionals. The Stempel School of Public Health offers professional degrees for individuals interested in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics. We have designed our programs to prepare students for positions in academia, research institutes, health organizations, government agencies, and the private health industries. These programs address the need for health care professionals who are prepared at the highest level of scholarly achievement to examine the conditions and determinants of health and disease in populations. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills to apply quantitative and qualitative methods in addressing public health problems.
Epidemiological research strives to discover the causes of disease, to advance and evaluate methods of disease prevention and assist with planning and evaluating the effectiveness of public health programs in protecting and promoting the health of populations. Today epidemiologists face daunting challenges like AIDS, cancer and coronary heart diseases along with lesser-known emerging diseases. The outcomes of research in this field have huge implications for health programs and policy targeting improved quality and length of life among varied populations. Epidemiology and Biostatistics complement each other in academic and nonacademic public health setting. Biostatistical training helps to develop statistical methods and models necessary in design of epidemiologic and public health studies, perform quantitative evaluation and measurement and utilize statistical inferences to arrive at appropriate conclusions from medical and public health data.
Professionals in the fields of Epidemiology and Biostatistics have a wide array of opportunities to apply their knowledge and practical experience gained during their academic careers. This field has an attractive job market with diverse career opportunities. Our graduates are able to secure competitive positions in a wide variety of organizations:
• Federal agencies such as CDC, NIH etc.
• Health departments at the county, state and federal level.
• Academia and research centers.
• Health insurance and managed care organizations.
• International organization.
• Pharmaceutical firms.
• Non-profit health organizations.
• Consulting firms.
The Job market for Epidemiologists is excellent. Recently, the US Public Health Service declared Epidemiology as an area in need of many more professionals. Epidemiology & Biostatistics are among the top in-demand fields in today’s job market and will likely continue to be in the future.
• Half of the nation’s public health work force will retire before 2008. A huge number of trained personnel are needed to fill the gap.
• Nearly 42% of epidemiologists working in public health have no formal epidemiology training.
Our certificate courses are designed to address this need.
• Up to 55% of health departments have minimal or no capacity in monitoring or investigating health problems and health hazards.
• Nearly 73% of health departments have minimal or no capacity in evaluating public health services.
• About 93% of health departments have minimal or no capacity to conduct research for solutions to public health problems.
Our Master’s and PhD programs are geared towards preparing students to be highly trained for academic and professional leadership positions in public health including the above mentioned needs.