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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online epidemiology degree often pursue leadership positions in government, private or community-based public health organizations focused on disease prevention and control.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Government ā€” local, state, federal
  • Health care organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • National research institute
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Professional association
  • Public health agency
  • Research organization
  • Social welfare organization
  • State department of health

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief public health advisor
  • Director of prevention and control
  • Disease surveillance specialist
  • Epidemiologist (non-clinical)
  • Epidemiology consultant
  • Field epidemiologist
  • Full-time faculty
  • Health research analyst
  • Health scientist administrator
  • Health specialist
  • Infection prevention and control professional
  • Investigator
  • Outbreak investigation coordinator
  • Preparedness epidemiologist
  • Program director
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health epidemiologist
  • Public health program consultant
  • Research analyst
  • Supervisory senior epidemiologist

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the Pā€“12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 ā€“ Q2 2012.

Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 ā€“ Q2 2012.