Using your Psychology degree to pursue being an Epidemiologist
An interesting path you can take with your Psychology degree is that of an Epidemiologist. This career involves the study of the factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations. In addition, Epidemiologists deal with the possible control of diseases. Their research tools include designing studies, collecting and analyzing various types of data (e.g., blood and tissue samples), interviews, and surveys. They may work for a government agency (e.g., health department), in hospitals, and in higher education.
Graduate degrees in public health are offered at both the Master's (Master of Public Health-MPH), Master of Science in Public Health-MSPH) and Doctoral level (Doctor of Public Health--DrPH, Doctor of Science in Public Health-ScD, or Doctor of Philosophy-PhD). Master's programs in public health usually require 2 years of graduate school to complete your thesis research project. With regard to a Doctoral degree, it takes around 4-6 years, and you have first completed your Master's degree at the same or different school. Graduate school can be expensive, so make sure you check if a school you plan to apply to offers any financial assistance.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median (middle) yearly income for an Epidemiologist at $70,000.
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