In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for supervising, developing and implementing one or more major epidemiology programs for evaluation and/or prevention and control of diseases.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is considered to be the supervisory scientific level in the epidemiology series. It can also be used as a functional title for the director of a program and as such is accountable for monitoring of grants and contracts, planning, implementing and evaluating programmatic goals and objectives.
This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 3 by the emphasis on primary responsibility for one or more major programs. This class will have senior managerial responsibility for a statewide project and the incumbent will be the recognized departmental authority in this area. As such the Epidemiologist 4 will coordinate with and sometimes convene experts from other agencies on intrastate, regional, federal and occasionally international levels. The Epidemiologist 4 will have primary responsibility for initiating projects, for designing surveillance and research activities and intervention and evaluation strategies.
This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 3 by having full accountability for all work performed, the highest level of required expertise, performance and responsibility for direction of a managerially designated program or project.
Receives general direction from an employee of higher grade.
Supervises one or more major epidemiology programs; may supervise Epidemiologists 1, 2, 3, student interns, or other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of staff;
Provides staff training and assistance;
Conducts performance evaluations;
Determines priorities and plans program work;
Establishes and maintains program procedures;
Develops or makes recommendations on the development of policies and standards;
Acts as a liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures;
Prepares reports and correspondence;
Conceptualizes and directs one or more major programs in area of disease surveillance, control and intervention;
Designs and implements special epidemiologic studies;
Plans and evaluates program goals and objectives;
Provides expert testimony in public forum or courtroom setting;
Writes scientific papers for publication;
Develops and implements public information programs for mass media distribution;
Advises local health departments, health professionals and voluntary groups on protocols for disease investigation, control and treatment;
Seeks to identify and evaluate new diseases or environmental exposures which may cause disease and methods of control;
In addition to the foregoing, in the Toxic Hazards Section or its Radon Program, manages and directs investigation and control of chemical and radiologic hazards;
Conceptualizes programs for investigation and control of chemical and radiation hazards;
Supervises development of qualitative/quantitative risk assessment documents;
May teach epidemiologic related courses at institutions of higher learning;
May represent the department to the public;
May perform complex statistical analysis and oversee management of large data bases;
May develop budgets, grants and contracts; may develop departmental policies regulations and legislation;
relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations;
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
develop, design, implement and analyze epidemiologic studies;
recommend and evaluate intervention strategies to prevent future disease;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of experience in epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved program administration in occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or the development of complex qualitative and quantitative risk assessment documents at the level of an Epidemiologist 3.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years' for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in bacteriology, biochemistry, biostatistics, environmental science, health physics, industrial hygiene, physiology, public health, toxicology 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 4 (Toxic Hazards) (35 Hour) in Salary Group HC 32 approved effective September 8, 1995. (Revised to modify content and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-018