Epidemiology is the branch of public health that works to describe and understand the diseases and risk factors for those diseases in our community. Epidemiologists study the factors and relationships that determine the presence, numbers, trends and distribution of diseases in communities and specific populations.
The epidemiologist at the Health Department:
- Provides information on disease prevention and control
- Performs surveillance
- Reviews health data and performs health trend analysis
- Consults with community partners on local health issues
- Creates surveys to study health behaviors and program effectiveness then tabulates and analyzes the responses
Our epidemiologist works with staff in all areas to evaluate programs, investigate disease outbreaks and provide statistical analysis on collected data.