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role of epidemiologists in hospitals


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    What are the roles, if any, of an epidemiologist in the hospital setting? I'm specifically wondering about people who don't have an MD, but rather an MPH or PhD. I've heard of some epidemiologists being on hospital quality assurance committees and things like that, anyone know of anything else?


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    Feb 27, 2005
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      QA is an option, and may be tied to infection control. We have a team of infection control practitioners who mainly work on preventing nosocomial infections and tracking outbreaks. They also, however work on the "structure, process, outcomes" model of outcomes research. And, not all hospital epidemiology is infection (although it's still probably the majority). They also deal with falls prevention, staff injury prevention, allergies (latex, etc).

      Outside of that area, I would expect that there would be opportunities in other areas as well. Specifically, I think there would be a need in tracking adverse drug effects in inpatient pharmacies.

      Our hospital epi group is lead by several physicians (who are mostly faculty in internal medicine/infectious diseases, and several had joint appointments in epi). However, there are master's levels infection control practioners (MPH, or master's level nursing).
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