Disease Intervention Specialist I

Recruitment #210111-X38A-I01




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 two full time Disease Intervention Specialist I providing support to the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service. These are classified positions (PIN#34001098 and 34003544) in state government, based in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including 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 $47,806.37 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
The purpose of a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is to intervene in the spread of HIV and syphilis. This position locates and interviews patients and their sexual partners to gather information on infections or exposures to HIV and STDs. Duties include recommending testing/screening and referring positive patients to care; consulting with private/public providers to obtain information on treated cases; performing diagnostic and treatment techniques; seeking permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients; assisting in statewide screening programs on STDs and HIV to ensure timely reporting of positive findings; and providing medical consultation to clinics, county health departments, prisons and jails and Indian Health Services (IHS) on STDs and HIV. The Disease Intervention Specialist plays a critical role to diagnosis as well as screen people who have been exposed.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Combination of office, vehicle, and public establishments 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, standing, and daily use of computer and phone.  In state travel is required to attend local community meetings and schools. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the planning, development and implementation of disease control and prevention programs and activities, including and consultation, investigations, training and counseling concerning sexually transmitted diseases, and programs related to other communicable diseases.


The Disease Intervention Specialist job family consists of three levels which are distinguished by the complexity of work assignments, the expertise required to complete assigned duties, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:    
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing entry level work in a training status.  In this role they will primarily be assigned responsibilities for conducting routine investigations and other activities to gather information concerning the treatment of various diseases, and assisting in the completion of other program activities related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases.


Level I:     
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in a biological science, health science, social science, or a closely related field or four years of experience in performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, preventive health programs, or as a public health nurse or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Some positions may require education or experience in a specified area of disease prevention and control.



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.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application. No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.