Frequently Asked Questions
What is Epidemiology?
Epidemiology is a branch of science that deals with the study of the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population. The Bureau of Epidemiology directly supports the first goal of the Department of Health to "Prevent and Treat Infectious Diseases of Public Health Significance" and works to protect the health of all people in Florida. The Bureau of Epidemiology monitors the prevalence of diseases and conditions that affect public health, provides expertise and analysis of communicable and chronic diseases, investigates disease outbreaks, and makes recommendations pertaining to case management and control of future disease outbreaks.
What do Epidemiologists Do?
Epidemiologists improve the public's health by monitoring, identifying causes of, and developing solutions for health problems. When diseases occur, epidemiologists conduct investigations to determine the cause. They take biological samples, analyze charts and graphs, interview those with the disease, conduct surveys for linkages and long-term costs, and consult with other public health authorities on strategies for controlling and avoiding future outbreaks.