Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data Analyst

Recruitment #200121-UNCX-42


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data Analyst providing support to Injury Prevention Service. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34003370) in state government, located in Oklahoma City. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $62,816, based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
This position is responsible for expanding use of the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) as a public health surveillance system, in support of the Injury Prevention Service’s drug overdose prevention program. This position will analyze PDMP data, examine overdose risk factors, identify hot spots for targeting interventions, develop reports and educational resources, widely disseminate findings, and provide subject matter expertise on PDMP data to stakeholders.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Co-manage and analyze PDMP data using SAS and SQL Server Management Studio and assure data quality and security standards are maintained.
• Conduct complex analyses of PDMP data; improve efficiency of data analysis and management; create standardized PDMP data sets for use by other staff; and calculate indicators and measures for technical and non-technical presentations and reports.
• Regularly disseminate PDMP-related epidemiologic studies/analyses and prevention information through written technical reports, scientific articles, educational materials, news releases, and responses to data requests (e.g., from legislators, media, internal/external partners, researchers).
• Provide technical assistance to stakeholders on interpreting and applying PDMP data findings to inform prevention and decrease prescription drug misuse and overdose. Promote using the PDMP as a public health surveillance system.
• Participate in national workgroups to identify best practices for PDMP analysis and reporting and conduct analyses to inform and validate surveillance recommendations.
• Present findings of PDMP-related epidemiologic studies/analyses and prevention information at local, state, and national meetings and conferences to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Provide guidance to drug overdose prevention staff on the use of PDMP data, including report writing and data dissemination.
• Analyze vital statistics, medical examiner, hospital discharge, State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System, and injury surveillance data, as necessary, using Microsoft Access, SAS, and Excel.
• Attend regular stakeholder meetings of the Oklahoma PDMP Data Oversight Committee.
• Assist with strategic planning; developing and implementing program and policy plans to achieve various short- and long-term goals; and evaluation projects to identify successes, barriers, and outcomes.
• Represent the Injury Prevention Service at various meetings.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of principles and practices of epidemiology and research methods, inferential statistics, data collection and analytics, scientific and grant writing, and program evaluation; of medical terminology; of social and economic conditions; of data security and confidentiality standards; and of quality assurance and performance improvement methods is required. Ability is required to conduct public health surveillance; to plan and organize programmatic research; to analyze and interpret various injury-related data sets; to monitor and evaluate program performance; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to communicate statistical results effectively, both orally and in writing, in technical and non-technical settings; and to serve as a technical advisor and mentor. Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and accomplish tasks; strong leadership skills; exceptional project management, organizational, and time management skills; outstanding attention to detail; and excellent oral and written communication skills are also required. Strong computer, public speaking, writing, and project planning skills and experience are essential.

Education and Experience
Education and experience requirements consist of a master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, analytics, informatics, or a closely related field and at least three years of related work experience.

Preferred qualifications include at least one year of work experience involving management and analysis of large, complex datasets (more than one million records); at least one year of SQL coding experience; and/or at least two years of experience using SAS regularly to manipulate and analyze data in a professional setting.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.




If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.


All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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