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Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist

Recruitment #20-003643-0002




MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response (CIDSOR)/IDEORB, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position will serve as a Senior Epidemiologist/Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist in the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)'s Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance. This position will be responsible for designing, monitoring, evaluating, and improving Maryland statewide infectious disease epidemiologic investigations, surveillance processes and data, including those related to COVID-19. This position will also assist with the implementation and maintenance of the electronic infectious disease laboratory and case surveillance reporting. 

Additionally, this position will be responsible for developing statewide key indicators, volume drivers, and other infectious disease (including COVID-19) surveillance-related performance metrics for statewide feedback reports and quality improvement processes. Furthermore, this position will collaborate with stakeholders to define data needs and identify gaps in current capabilities, as well as import, clean, transform, and validate data for the purposes of identifying COVID-19 and other infectious disease clusters, trends or patterns. 

This position will use a proactive approach to drive a high level of quality and accuracy by identifying new opportunities for process improvement, as well as opportunities for coaching, training and other efforts at ensuring the best practices for maintaining data accuracy and integrity. Finally, this position will oversee other surveillance and prevention-related efforts within the MDH's Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance. 

This position will serve as the MDH's National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) Coordinator and lead the modification and maintenance of NEDSS; monitor data systems, in order to identify and assess disruptions to operations; and, ensure that standardized data is leveraged for data re-use and workflow automation, in order to maximize the use of data for information tracking, statistical analyses and reporting. In all processes and at all times, this position will manage and maintain the confidentiality and security of the data and databases.


Education: A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics.

Experience: Three years of experience as an Epidemiologist, after receipt of the Master’s degree. 


1. Candidates may substitute a Doctoral degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of six graduate courses in Epidemiology and three graduate courses in Biostatistics, for the required education and experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Science classifications or Clinical Lab, Medical Scientists, or Bio Medical Lab Officer specialty codes in the health research field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should have experience using electronic disease reporting systems and/or conducting electronic laboratory reporting. He/she should also have supervisory experience, as well as experience managing projects.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.