Epidemiologist Interview Questions

"Epidemiologists collect and study data in order to determine the causes and trajectories of diseases that have become epidemics. Epidemiologists are highly educated and trained with at least a Master's degree in epidemiology, biology, statistics, or public health. During an interview, expect to be tested on hypothetical situations, data analysis, and communication skills."

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Georgia Department of Public Health
Epidemiologist was asked...April 11, 2016

I was asked about my knowledge of the disease's epidemiology in Georgia and the populations most affected

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I reviewed the data provided on Georgia DPH website and repeated verbatum what I had read. Less


How advanced are your SAS programming skills?


How do you deal with multiple requests from multiple people who all think their request is the most important?

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I said I make a list of all the things that I need to do, prioritize and re-prioritize and work steadily until it's all done. I also said that I choose to be open and honest with all stakeholders and let everyone know, in a nice way, that there are multiple demands for my time and that I will do the very best I can to help them achieve their objectives. Less

great answer - simple description and thought process that people want to hear! :) Less


Work experience and history on the job

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I talked them of all my experiences.


Mainly based on questions on University study choices, e.g. degree and PhD.

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It was surprising since I am a senior

JES Tech

After presenting research - why did I choose to perform a meta-analysis rather than other research methods.

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My project was a preliminary study and there is not much data on the topic. Additionally data collection was not possible due to COVID and time constraints, thus a meta-analysis provided an overview of current knowledge while highlighting disparities and areas for future research. Less

Rhode Island Department of Health

Questions revolving around past conflicts, understanding of responsibilities, what individual brought to the table.

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Gave insight into my past experiences working in the field.

Washington Department of Health

Outline the steps you would take to develop an evaluation agenda

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1. engage stakeholders 2. Describe and outline the program, including goals, objectives, and mission 3. Focus the evaluation - developing questions from valid sources for the population and allocating and come up with a budget 4. Use appropriate and valid methods and measures from past experience as well as research 5. Plan for conclusions and dissemination Less

Washington Department of Health

List statistical software used and your level of proficiency

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This is a questions that can only be answered by personal experience

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

How can you describe the odds ratio to a layman​?

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I explained​ it by giving an example.

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