Epidemiologist at a Glance

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Best States for Epidemiologist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 420 $96,120 $46
Maryland 280 $72,610 $35
Washington 270 $75,510 $36

Becoming an Epidemiologist

Epidemiologists typically hold at least a master's degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology. Epidemiologists employed by colleges and universities will have a Ph.D. Some epidemiologists also hold a medical degree along with a dual degree in epidemiology.

Several accredited schools offer online master's degree programs in public health with a concentration on epidemiology. Coursework in master's degree programs will cover public health, biology, and biostatistics, as well as statistical methods and survey design. A sampling of classes you make take in a epidemiologist program, drawn from course listings from East Tennessee State University's master's of public health with a concentration of epidemiology program, include the following:

  • Philosophy of Public Health
  • Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology

Continuing education and certification can help epidemiologists with career opportunities and advancement. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology offers continuing education and certification programs for epidemiologists. Professionals in the infection control industry are eligible for certification by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.