Epidemiologist 4 (Toxic Hazards) (35 Hour)


Recruitment #230912-0290HC-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an Epidemiologist 4 to support our agency. This position is within the Environmental Health Section and will be tasked with oversight and supervision of the Occupational Health Program, which conducts occupational disease surveillance, intervention, prevention, and education activities in Connecticut. The individual hired into this position will report directly to the Public Health Section Chief for the Environmental Health Section.  


  • Section: Environmental Health Section
  • Location: Hartford, CT
  • Work Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
  • Schedule: Typically Monday through Friday 
Note: This position will have an opportunity to telework a portion of each week in accordance with State policies. A flex schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period.

In this role, discover the opportunity to:
  • Supervise staff in the occupational health program;
  • Manage an occupational health surveillance system;
  • Work with stakeholders to address occupational disease and injury;
  • Provide industry with information on worker health and worker protection;
  • Grant management and grant writing, including budget and workplan development;
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for occupational health;
  • Apply for and manage Federal cooperative agreements;
  • Schedule, assign, supervise and review the work of staff;
  • Determine priorities and planning of programmatic work;
  • Develop and make recommendations on the development of policies and standards;
  • Act as a liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures;
  • Respond to legislative initiatives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees.
  • 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.

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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Please Note: In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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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.


  • 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; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or toxicology; 
    • relevant agency policies and procedures; 
    • relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
    • disease processes which affect humans and animals; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • 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; 
  • Supervisory ability.


Nine (9) years of experience in epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.


 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.


  • 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.


  • Experience supervising staff in a public health program;
  • Experience in program planning, grant writing, budget development and grant reporting;
  • Experiencing working within OSHA and NIOSH workplace standards;
  • Experience managing a health surveillance data system;
  • Experience conducting occupational health outreach and education programs;
  • Experience working with stakeholders to design occupational health programs;
  • Experience writing regulatory language.


  • 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.



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.