Overview: Epidemiologists are scientists that study the spread of infectious diseases with the goal of containing the current outbreak and preventing disease outbreaks reoccurring in the future. Epidemiologists will also analyze risk factors that may potentially make certain populations more vulnerable to infectious disease while conducting infectious disease surveillance.
Geographers at work: Epidemiologists are required to use geographical analysis and often use GIS to conduct epidemiological research on at-risk populations. Geographers already have developed these key skills, making them well suited for public health research. A strong understanding of human and physical geography is key in order to prevent the spread of many types of infectious diseases.
Skills: Regional analysis, geographical analysis, GIS, working with census data, spatial statistics
Written by Kaleigh Shuler