Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 1 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #190412-0285HC-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH), is currently recruiting for an Epidemiologist 1 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) to work within the Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program.  This Epidemiologist 1 will be responsible for providing technical assistance and working with local health departments in the management of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). These activities include educating local health departments, providers and patients about TB, monitoring treatment adherence and complications, and assisting in interviews and contact investigations to identify others at risk for exposure for TB for testing and treatment.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Deb Lyons at Deborah.Lyons@ct.gov or (860) 509-7180.

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists program staff in epidemiologic investigations of acute and chronic diseases; assists in interviewing of individuals relative to disease outbreaks; under supervison 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; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of infectious/chronic disease epidemiology; 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 a related discipline including community medicine, public health or a related health science 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Knowledge of acute and chronic disease and disease prevention strategies
• Experience performing outreach in diverse communities and assisting in interviewing of and management of patients with tuberculosis including performing directly observed therapy
• Experience contacting and working with public health agencies, hospitals, medical providers, community based organizations and/or the general public to facilitate disease follow up and surveillance and/or answer general questions
• Experience with oversight of epidemiological data, including collecting information, data entry, analysis and monitoring outcomes
• Experience establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes.  If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.