About This Career
Investigate and describes the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Oversees public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.
- Plans and directs studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
- Provides expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection, and analysis.
- Monitors and reports incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies.
- Investigates diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission.
- Communicates research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public.
- Plans, administers and evaluates health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians, and others.
- Educates healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention.
- Conducts research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
- Identifies and analyzes public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies, scientific studies, or surveys.