As an epidemiologist working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you can help ensure access to lifesaving healthcare for people in need.

Our epidemiologists:

  • coordinate active case findings
  • supervise and train staff
  • set up and evaluate surveys and surveillance systems
  • support policy development
We need epidemiologists for both long-term and short-term field support.
An epidemiologist helps plan the response during a disease outbreak, including participating in active case finding and planning vaccination campaigns and water-sanitation interventions. You will also conduct mortality surveys, evaluate and set up surveillance systems, and offer other epidemiological support to strengthen evidence-based decision making.


role Requirements:

  • degree in epidemiology, or master’s degree in public health with extensive epidemiology training
  • minimum two years relevant post-qualification work experience
  • proven practical skills in design, implementation and evaluation of quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research 
  • experience in outbreak control
  • ability to design and implement surveillance and other data collection systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, including mortality and nutritional surveys; ability to train others in data collection and analysis
  • proven practical skills working with epidemiological databases and statistical analysis software (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistics program)
  • available to work six to 12 months
  • experience supervising, training and managing others
  • strong command of English
  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada


Desirable criteria and other skills:

  • medical or biomedical background
  • course in tropical medicine
  • knowledge of other languages, especially French and Arabic
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and openness to working in different countries

before you apply:



Because Doctors Without Borders' purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. Doctors Without Borders acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.

Please watch this video for information on how MSF manages security.

Field workers will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential mission before accepting a particular posting. Working for Doctors Without Borders is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the mission, all Doctors Without Borders staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.


What is it like working with MSF? See our blog posts and videos for personal insights and stories from Canadian fieldworkers.


Doctors Without Borders field workers are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.

Doctors Without Borders favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time field workers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with Doctors Without Borders, see our FAQ.


As you consider applying to undertake a Doctors Without Borders field mission, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Field assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with Doctors Without Borders over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being a Doctors Without Borders field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten.

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