County of Alameda

Epidemiologist I (#5784)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$40.77-$49.59 Hourly / $3,261.60-$3,967.20 BiWeekly /
$7,066.80-$8,595.60 Monthly / $84,801.60-$103,147.20 Yearly


Under close supervision, supports and assists with data analysis, epidemiology, and activities related to surveillance, data management, and/or program evaluation; and performs related duties as required.



This is the entry-level class in the Epidemiologist series located in the Health Care Services Agency.  Incumbents work in a training capacity, assisting and supporting higher level classes with data analysis, epidemiology, surveillance, and data management activities.  As incumbents gain experience and expertise, they are expected to perform more responsible assignments with increasing independence.  Epidemiologist Is are expected to flexibly promote to the higher-level class of Epidemiologist II after two years, with a positive performance evaluation and successful demonstration of proficiency to perform the duties of the higher level classification.

The class of Epidemiologist I is distinguished from the higher, journey level class of Epidemiologist II in that the latter is responsible for conducting data analysis and activities related to surveillance, epidemiologic investigations, and/or program evaluation under general supervision.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Assists with the cleaning, processing, and analysis of surveillance and other data sources to identify patterns and trends in health outcomes in the community.

2.  Assists with the design of data collection tools and with data collection and analysis for epidemiological or population health investigations.

3.  Conducts data analysis for data requests as needed.

4.  Assists with summarizing data analysis results and assists with preparing presentations, reports, and publications for a variety of audiences.

5.  Assists with developing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs or disease surveillance protocols.

6.  Retrieves data from appropriate data systems for disease investigations, surveillance, or health status reports.

7.  Assists with development and management of databases for surveys, disease surveillance, or research studies.

8.  May serve as a liaison for assigned program with representatives of other government agencies and community groups.

9.  Participates in public health emergency responses and provides epidemiologic input for public health emergency planning and response as needed.



Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, bio-statistics, public health, life science, social/behavioral sciences or another closely related field.



The equivalent of two years of full-time, professional level epidemiology experience, preferably in a public health, health care delivery, or academic institution setting.



Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, bio-statistics, social/behavior sciences or another closely related field can be substituted for the required experience.



Specified positions may required possession of a valid California driver's license.


NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Research methods and study design.
  • Data collection tools and methods.
  • Data management principles and methods.
  • Public health surveillance methods.
  • Program evaluation.
  • Data processing and statistical analysis methods.
  • Statistical analysis software, e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA, R.
  • The Ten Essential Public Health Services.
  • Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations and the role and influence of socio-economic, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting health risks and status.

Ability to:

  • Develop data collection tools and procedures.
  • Process and clean data for analysis.
  • Conduct statistical analysis using statistical software.
  • Summarize data analysis for reports and publications.
  • Identify and collect valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data and information.
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and effective reports, correspondence, policies, informational brochures and other written materials.
  • Maintains accurate records and documentation.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, with attention to linguistic preferences and cultural proficiency.
  • Understand and incorporate the Agency and Department's core values and ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.



Admin. Study 12/93

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CSC Date: 1/16/02

LC:ac Revised 04/22/19

New Doc: 5784.doc

CSC Date: 06/05/19  


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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