why a degree in biosecurity?
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Why a degree in
Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness?

There are various types of job opportunities for
biosecurity professionals.

Biosecurity Careers

Public Health Careers

Public Health Careers

Some examples include

  • homeland defense
  • hospital disaster planning
  • public health disaster planning
  • emergency management positions within the local, state, or federal government
  • various types of public health professional positions (epidemiologist, outbreak specialist, etc),
  • infection control/infectious disease positions

The contacts you make in the program will go a long way to help start your career. We have biosecurity professionals taking our courses who work for the CDC, local, state, and federal government, the U.S. military, human and animal laboratories, private businesses, and many other work settings. In addition, some of the class assignments will "force" you to interact with disaster planners in your community so you will get to know people working in the field and have the opportunity for networking.

Attending disaster- or bioterrorism-related conferences is also a wonderful way to meet people who are also in the homeland defense arena, and get a feel for the types of jobs available.

Try the FEMA Employment Opportunites in Emergency Management website. It may give you a feel for what is out there in terms of job opportunities for those having the proper academic credentials.

If you have any other questions or want to talk about this in more detail, please let us know.

Larry Bommarito
Program Administrator

Institute for Biosecurity
Saint Louis University School of Public Health
3545 Lafayette Suite 465
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 977-8135
Fax: (314) 977-8150
E-mail: bioterr@slu.edu

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