PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for assisting is the compilation and interpretation of epidemiologic/scientific data and statistics including field investigations and literature review.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is the junior working level of the epidemiology series. It may also be used as the working level for outreach field workers in some programs such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pulmonary Diseases. Candidates may enter this class after completion of one (1) year as a Connecticut Careers Trainee.
Initially works under the close supervision of an Epidemiologist 2, 3, 4 or other employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
May lead/supervise lower level staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists program staff in epidemiologic investigations of acute and chronic diseases; assists in interviewing of individuals relative to disease outbreaks; under supervision of an Epidemiologist of higher grade, maintains a surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; makes appropriate contacts with public health and other agencies, health professionals, hospitals, etc. to facilitate disease follow up and surveillance; answers general informational questions from the public and medical community; regularly reviews scientific literature to maintain a current knowledge of pertinent disease processes; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under supervision of a physician; may compile statistics and do less complex calculations and interpretations; In addition to the foregoing, in the Toxic Hazards Section or its Radon Program, participates in epidemiological investigations of human exposures to chemical and radiological hazards in both occupational and non-occupational environments; participates in preparation of health risk assessments; compiles statistics and may do routine calculations and interpretations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or toxicology; knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; knowledge of epidemiological methods; knowledge of basic biological processes; interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; ability to research scientific literature and develop and gather data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years' experience in a responsible technical or professional capacity in epidemiological investigations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in bacteriology, biochemistry, biostatistics, environmental science, health physics, industrial hygiene, physiology, public health or toxicology may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same salary group HC 20 approved effective June 23, 1995. (Revised to reflect change in agency title)
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