Epidemiologist I - Hepatitis

Recruitment #210105-UNCX-01

Introduction

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 Epidemiologist I – Hepatitis providing support to the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service to serve in the Oklahoma City location. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34003249) in state government. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $50,000, based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
This position will perform duties in support of the statutorily required duties of the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service. This position is responsible for conducting active and passive surveillance activities for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The additional duties of the Hepatitis epidemiologist will be utilizing multiple software tools (SAS, ArcGIS, LinkPlus, MS Excel, etc.) to perform data linkages and analysis.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Identify and investigate possible HBV and HCV associated laboratory tests that identify possible new infections or questionable laboratory results.
• Work with and assist communicable disease nurses to complete case reports and conduct patient investigations.
• Review, classify and close completed Hepatitis C cases.
• Conduct case investigations on perinatal HCV cases.
• Assist with the lab assessment and data quality assurance activities (educate provider on reporting and data completeness).   
• Assist with presentations regarding HBV and HCV basic epidemiological information.
• Calculate basic summary statistics and other basic statistical measures
• Analyze basic surveillance data using SAS, Microsoft Excel, and ArcGIS.
• Assist in processing data request; providing clear and concise results.
• Assist in creation of tables and graphs to be posted on the agency website.
• Assist with program evaluation by providing data collection and analysis.
• Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
• Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

Education and Experience
Requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in public health, biological, medical, or health science which includes 6 semester hours in epidemiological methods and 6 semester hours of other epidemiological coursework and 9 semester hours in statistical methods and analysis. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to read, write, and communicate clearly and to perform simple arithmetic problems and operate basic computer programs such as Microsoft Excel and Word.  Ability is required to write simple reports; to follow oral or written instructions; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability is required at this level include knowledge of epidemiology methods, human biology, laboratory methods, environmental analyses interpretation, parasitology, toxicology, immunology and pathology; of medical terminology; of statistical analysis, biometry, and demography; of epidemiological or statistical software; of social and economic conditions; and of current epidemiological developments and techniques.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to meet with the public and conduct public information programs; to write technical and non-technical information material; and to use a personal computer and applicable software.

Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to meet with the public and conduct public information programs; to write technical and non-technical information material; and to use a personal computer and applicable software.

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. Some work related travel is required.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
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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Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.