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What Epidemiologists Do:
Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education and health policy.

Work Environment:
Epidemiologists typically work in offices and laboratories at health departments for state and local governments, in hospitals, and at colleges and universities. Work environments can vary widely, however, because of the diverse nature of epidemiological specializations. Epidemiologists also may work in the field, where they support emergency actions, or in clinical settings.

Most epidemiologists spend their time studying data and reports in an office setting. Work in laboratories and the field tends to be delegated to specialized scientists and other technical staff. In state and local government public health departments, epidemiologists may be more active in the community and may need to travel to support community education efforts or to administer studies and surveys.

Because modern science has greatly reduced the amount of infectious disease in developed countries, infectious disease epidemiologists are more likely to travel to remote areas and developing nations in order to carry out their studies. Epidemiologists have minimal risk when they work in laboratories or in the field, because they have received appropriate training and take extensive precautions before interacting with samples or patients. 

How to Become an Epidemiologist:
Epidemiologists typically need at least a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology is most common, but epidemiologists can earn degrees in a wide range of related fields and specializations. Epidemiologists who direct research projects—including those who work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities—have a Ph.D. or medical degree in their chosen field.

Coursework in epidemiology includes classes in public health, biological and physical sciences, and math and statistics. Classes emphasize statistical methods, causal analysis, and survey design. Advanced courses emphasize multiple regression, medical informatics, reviews of previous biomedical research, comparisons of healthcare systems, and practical applications of data.

Some epidemiologists have both a degree in epidemiology and a medical degree. These scientists often work in clinical capacities. In medical school, students spend most of their first 2 years in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, and pathology. Medical students also have the option to choose electives such as medical ethics and medical laws. They also learn to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

The median annual wage for epidemiologists was $69,450 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,130, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $114,550.

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Colchester, VT

Saint Michael's College is a Roman Catholic institution of higher education founded on principles of social justice and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Holding strong to these values since the college's inception in 1904, St.
Mike's gives students unique opportunities to make a difference, including a rich MOVE program (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) and an independent Fire and Rescue Squad comprised of student volunteers. 

Located on 440-acres of beautiful Vermont landscape, Saint Michael's campus is within close proximity to the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, and Burlington, one of the top college towns in the U.S., providing wilderness experiences along with a wealth of cultural and social activities. 

As a fully residential campus, St. Mike's offers a close-knit community of learners that work with each other and accomplished faculty members through a compelling liberal arts curriculum. Paired with popular majors like Neuroscience, Media Studies, Education and Environmental Studies, Saint Michael's liberal arts curriculum provides students with the necessary foundations for fulfilling lives and meaningful careers. Additional academic opportunities include a robust honors program with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, undergraduate research, internships and study abroad. 

Saint Michael's graduates are highly sought after and have been accepted
into graduate programs at institutions like Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. Alumni have gone on to become the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a long-standing U.S. Senator, entrepreneurs and executives. Saint Michael's undergraduate and graduate students come from the surrounding community, across the United States and around the globe.

Website: www.smcvt.edu

Quick Facts:

Small sized - 1,902 total undergrads
461 degree-seeking freshmen

79% graduate within six years

$32,135 average financial aid package
83% of financial need met (average)
Tuition and fees: $41,975 in-state, $41,975 out-of-state

Admissions Requirements

ACT or SAT - Optional
SAT Subject - Optional

Acceptance Rate: Less selective, 77% of applicants admitted

Test Score Average:
ACT: 24-29
GPA: 3.0

Admissions Office:

One Winooski Park
Box 7
Colchester, VT 05439

Phone: (802) 654-3000
Toll Free: (800) 762-8000
Fax: (802) 654-2906

Email: admission@smcvt.edu
Contact: Michael Stefanowicz, Director of Admissions