Epidemiologist 2 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240415-0287HC-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPHis seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 2 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) to support the Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Section.  As Cannabis Data Coordinator, you will maintain the cannabis public health surveillance system.  Main duties will include collecting, abstracting, analyzing, and interpreting timely public health information on cannabis associated illness and adverse events, nonfatal and fatal injuries, and cannabis use poisoning data, from state and national data sources.  You will communicate findings in various formats to inform policy makers and citizens on the impact of cannabis legalization. 


  • Section: Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Section
  • Unit: Epidemiology Unit
  • Location: 410 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
  • Work Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week 
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday, first shift.  There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and working remotely in accordance with State policies.
This Epidemiologist 2 position will work in the Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Section’s Epidemiology Unit and will work with a dynamic team of chronic disease and injury surveillance epidemiologists to maintain and enhance the cannabis surveillance system. 

The duties of the Epidemiologist 2 will include the following: 
  • Obtain, manage, analyze and report cannabis data and statistics for cannabis use, illness, adverse events, injury, pregnancy outcomes, childhood poisoning, adult and youth use, cannabis-related emergency room visits and urgent care episodic mental health visits;
  • Perform epidemiologic analysis on cannabis use, morbidity and mortality data and to identify disparity, risk factors and changes in trends;
  • Generate cannabis data fact sheets, reports and data tables;
  • Provide guidance to lower-level Epidemiologist;
  • Coordinate response to all cannabis statistics inquiries and data requests;
  • Present surveillance findings to various audiences; 
  • Maintain current cannabis use associated morbidity and mortality statistics on DPH website to inform policy makers and citizens on the impact of cannabis legalization; and
  • Assist in the development and/or modification of cannabis data management and dissemination plans.

  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance

    The Mission of DPH is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring:

    • The conditions in which people can be healthy;
    • Preventing disease, injury, and disability; and
    • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

    DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.


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    In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for performing the full range of tasks in investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.


    • Leads and participates in routine epidemiologic investigations to identify risk factors and implements and evaluates resulting intervention measures; 
    • Collect and collates data including performing interviews; 
    • Performs data analysis and summarizes relevant epidemiologic investigation data into tables, charts and written reports; 
    • Provides technical information to the professional and lay public including local health departments; 
    • Collaborates in the preparation and presentation of workshops; 
    • May respond to media inquiries; 
    • Maintains an orderly surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; 
    • May administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under the supervision of a physician.
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • infectious and/or chronic disease processes; 
      • relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; 
      • epidemiological methods and techniques;
    • Knowledge of
      • basic biological processes; 
    • Skills
      • oral and written communications skills; 
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • computer skills; 
    • Ability to
      • independently perform epidemiological investigations; 
      • independently collect, analyze and interpret epidemiological data.


    Six (6) years of experience in conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.


    One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved interviewing and performing trend analyses at the level of an Epidemiologist 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.
    • A Master's degree in public health, community medicine 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 public health, medicine or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.


    • Experience developing or maintaining a cannabis public health surveillance system, including defining cannabis hospitalizations using ICD-10-CM codes and developing cannabis-related survey questions.
    • Experience conducting basic descriptive epidemiologic analyses of data from large public health datasets, specifically, generating counts, crude rates, and age-adjusted rates of disease by demographic groups and over time.
    • Experience developing SAS code, or code for other equivalent software, to manage and statistically analyze large public health datasets, specifically Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, hospital discharge, and death data.
    • Experience organizing descriptive epidemiologic data into tables, graphs, charts, or other visual presentations.
    • Experience presenting public health data and information to various audiences (in person or virtual).
    • Experience compiling and summarizing public health statistics as part of a written narrative, specifically legislatively mandated reports or peer-reviewed manuscripts.
    • Experience providing technical guidance and coordinating work with other epidemiologists, data analysts or public health professional staff.


    • 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.


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



    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    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.