|1.||Basic description—A nurse epidemiologist investigates trends in groups or aggregates and studies the occurrence of diseases and injuries. The information is gathered from census data, vital statistics, and reportable disease records. Nurse epidemiologists identify people or populations at high risk; monitor the progress of diseases; specify areas of health care need; determine priorities, size, and scope of programs; and evaluate their impact. They generally do not provide direct patient care, but serve as a resource and plan educational programs. They also publish results of studies and statistical analysis of morbidity and mortality. Examples of practice settings are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, public health departments, and governmental agencies.|
|2.||Educational requirements—Masters degree in Public Health or Community Health Nursing. PhD preferred.|
|3.||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|4.||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.|
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Publication information: Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing. Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 44.
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