Epidemiology Professor

Teach university students about epidemiology.

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$42,000 – $98,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Epidemiology Professors do?

Disease is a nasty thing, whether it’s a bug that keeps a person in bed for weeks or a virus that kills within hours. That’s why some medical professionals make it their life’s work to study it. The study of all diseases is called epidemiology. An Epidemiology Professor teaches students about different diseases, how they spread, and how they can be stopped or prevented.

As an Epidemiology Professor, you’re essentially an Epidemiologist, or someone who uses science to look at diseases or health issues affecting a certain group of people. These issues can include anything from a high rate of illness to a high incidence of car accidents. Then you figure out what’s causing the group to get sick in the same ways. However, Epidemiology Professors take these responsibilities one step further by passing on the knowledge to students.

Epidemiology isn’t a field for the faint of heart or for the scientifically illiterate. The students you work with tend to be college students, Master’s or PhD candidates, or, in a few cases, advanced high school kids. Since you’re a Teacher, you have the same basic responsibilities any Teacher does. You create lesson plans and syllabuses, give homework and tests, and help out students who are falling behind.

There are differences though, since you’re usually working at a higher level of education. Classes might not start until later in the morning, and you only teach for a few hours a day. The rest of your time is spent in meetings with students, writing new lectures, researching new information related to epidemiology, and working on papers and research of your own.

Should I be an Epidemiology Professor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Epidemiology Investigator

    How to become an Epidemiology Professor

    Most Epidemiology Professors have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaac9b&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29|master%27s+%2867%25%29|doctorate+%2830%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,67
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