Public health microbiologists generally perform microbiological and chemical tests in a laboratory setting. They use laboratory equipment to detect, identify and control microbial disease agents, and they often train and advise non-professional and non-specialist personnel on microbiology-related issues. Public health microbiologists may also act as consultants outside of their department, working with other organizations' staff, the public and allied health personnel. To ensure property safety, public health microbiologists must be trained in and able to follow proper laboratory safety procedures. Due to the dangerous nature of the agents being handled, public health microbiologists need to be well trained in proper laboratory safety procedures. They should understand laws and standards related to public health laboratory programs as well.
Public health microbiologists generally must possess a valid public health microbiologist certificate issued by the state in which they seek employment. In addition, a minimum of two years of experience working as a certified public health microbiologist, licensed clinical laboratory microbiologist or licensed clinical laboratory scientist can be beneficial. Public health microbiologists must understand microbiological principles relevant to their job, including techniques and terminology. Public health microbiologists should also possess good recordkeeping skills, be able to effectively write reports, and be able to analyze situations to take effective action.
Public Health Microbiologist Tasks
Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians and others.
Plan and direct studies to investigate microorganisms that cause disease.
Identify and analyze public health issues related to food borne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.