What is an Epidemiologist and a Health Information Analyst?

An Epidemiologist and a Health Information Analyst help to provide evidence for other public health professionals to make decisions and take action to prevent disease or improve the health of a population. This information helps to form public health policy and planning.

What do you need to do to become an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst?

To be a Public Health Epidemiologist you need a master’s degree in Epidemiology. To be a Health Information Analyst you need a baccalaureate degree in science with an emphasis on statistics.

In what program areas do an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst work?

An Epidemiologist and a Health Information Analyst work in all program areas of the Health Unit and help to shape the planning and evaluation of public health programming.

What is the best part about being an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst at the Perth District Health Unit?

As an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst you are involved in a wide variety of projects and have the opportunity to work with an array of public health professionals and community organizations.

What is the most challenging part about being an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst at the Perth District Health Unit?

The most challenging part of epidemiology is multitasking and balancing the needs of several projects and the program staff working on each individual project.

Thinking about becoming an Epidemiologist or Health Information Analyst?

If you are a critical thinker who is naturally curious and detail oriented – then the field of epidemiology may just be for you. The field of epidemiology is growing to study many diseases, conditions and injuries that all contribute to the health of a population.