In the Department of Public Health and the Office of Early Childhood, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks as a specialist investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
Department of Public Health, this class is considered to be the lead and/or advanced working level for the epidemiology series in all programs.
This class is distinguished from Epidemiologists 2 by having more supervisory and/or planning responsibility and taking charge of complex problems in disease investigations, data analysis and disease control. This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 4 primarily by not having full accountability for directing a managerially designated state program or project.
In the Office of Early Childhood, this class serves as the lead over the Epidemiology program. This position is responsible for all data collection, analysis, reporting, and prevention for the state-wide home visiting program. This shall be the sole Epidemiologist 3 within the Office of Early Childhood.
Works under the limited supervision of an Epidemiologist 4 or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Epidemiologists 1, 2, student interns, or other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Supervises and is responsible for routine epidemiologic investigations;
Assumes lead responsibility for carrying out complex or non-routine investigations;
Develops and implements strategies for containment and control measures among identified high risk groups;
Writes outbreak investigation and other technical and analytical reports;
Collaborates in writing standard protocols for disease investigation, intervention and control;
Develops questionnaires and other research instruments;
Analyzes surveillance and outbreak data for trends and risk factors;
Designs and implements workshops and training sessions and conducts in-service training;
Prepares news releases relative to disease problems;
Uses other statewide data banks to complement disease surveillance data;
Assists with preparation of budgets, grants and contracts;
Participates in development of program goals and objectives;
Represents department at functions for health promotion and disease prevention;
Speaks before professional and lay groups;
Participates in performance evaluations of assigned staff;
Carries out related duties including those of Epidemiologist 1 and 2 levels as assigned;
May establish and maintain a working network with federal and state agencies, local health departments, hospitals and professional and lay groups to promote and facilitate disease surveillance, intervention and control;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
infectious and/or chronic disease processes;
relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals;
oral and written communication skills;
statistical skills including familiarity with mainframe and/or personal computer applications and interpretation of data;
Considerable ability to
perform complex epidemiological investigations;
carry out all aspects of data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data independently;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have involved conducting the full range of tasks in epidemiologic investigations including interviewing and performing trend analyses at the level of an Epidemiologist 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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.
A Master's degree in community medicine, public health or a related health science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a behavioral or natural science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing job specification for the class of Epidemiologist 3 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour) in Salary Group HC 28 approved effective September 4, 2018. (Revised to modify content and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-018