In 2020, the U.S. faced Its deadliest pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu.
Since discovering the first case of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 in early 2020, the disease has infected over 91 million people nationwide and claimed over one million lives.
While the lives of those impacted by COVID-19 will forever be changed, ensuring the safety and security of our future generations from experiencing a similar or worse disease outbreak has become a central focus of not just our government’s health leaders but leaders of all industries.
To prevent the next outbreak, we must understand how diseases form, mutate, and spread across a population and what preventative measures are needed to ensure our most vulnerable stay. Today, infection preventionists and epidemiologists are working in many non-traditional sectors as companies place a renewed focus on the importance of customer health and safety aimed at our evolving health landscape.
With a Master of Science in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology through the University of Providence, you will learn crucial contextual knowledge, the core components of infection prevention and epidemiology, along with targeted clinical approaches to how those foundations are best applied. To better understand the growing need, here are the top three industries for infection prevention and epidemiology:
Historically, careers in infection prevention (IP) and epidemiology were centered in healthcare settings. Jobs as an Infection Control Nurse, Infection Control Officer, or Infection Control Practitioner are focused in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. These occupations address the threat posed by the spread of infectious diseases and the impact an outbreak could have on sick and vulnerable patients within those settings. You could work in a hospital or other healthcare setting as an IP or epidemiologist.
The entertainment industry was one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts, festivals, amusement parks, cruise lines, and even restaurants were forced to close their doors – many of them for good. These venues all host large groups of people in close or compact spaces – which can exacerbate the spread of disease in what’s referred to as “super spreader” events. Most of these industries have re-opened today with the help of IPs and epidemiologists to guide them in preventing disease, protecting their customers, and developing mitigation strategies.
Like the entertainment industry, a good rivalry between teams can fill stadiums with thousands of excited fans. While sports teams and owners of sports arenas are hiring IPs and epidemiologists to keep their fans safe, they are also hiring them to keep their players and sports organizations safe. With millions of dollars and countless hours put into winning championships, ensuring the safety of a team’s players, coaches, and medical staff is vital to bringing home the sport’s top prize. Infection preventionists and epidemiologists help achieve this goal by working closely with players and teams to keep them safe.