Local public health epidemiologists are essential for the detection, control, and prevention of major health problems. Epidemiologists are "disease detectives" who investigate outbreaks and control their spread. They study a variety of factors to determine disease causes, risks, populations at risk, and prevention. They also participate in surveillance activities and consult on scientific and technical issues. Epidemiologists may specialize in a certain area, such as infectious diseases or maternal and child health, but at the local level are often involved in a variety of issues. Recent surveys of the local public health workforce indicate that there is a significant shortage of epidemiologists available to local and public health agencies.
- a master's degree in public health from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university with a concentration in epidemiology, biostatistics or other related health science; or
- a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university and two years experience conducting data collection, analysis and reporting in support of surveillance and epidemiologic investigations.