Epidemiologist

Recruitment #210519-UNCX-257

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 providing support to Acute Disease Services. This is an unclassified position (PIN:34003759) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. 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 $55,735.00, based on education and experience.

Position Description 
This is an entry level epidemiologist position and will work under close supervision of a higher-level Epidemiologist or Epidemiologist supervisor. This position is responsible for supporting required activities performed by Acute Disease Service related to disease and outbreak investigation, epidemiologic and analytic investigation, and prevention and control of infectious disease. Position will assist in maintaining epidemiologist on-call operations; collect epidemiologic data; analyze epidemiologic data on infectious diseases to determine increased incidence of disease; summarize epidemiologic data to prepare status reports; participate in the design of survey tools to be used during outbreak response and other disease investigations; prepare technical reports, articles, presentations, and summaries of analytic findings. Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the surveillance, investigation, and evaluation of communicable diseases, and assists in the planning and implementation of epidemiological programs to prevent and control infectious diseases.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
•Provides consultation to health care professionals, community organizations, and others on specific infectious disease conditions through 24/7 on-call service provided by Acute Disease Service epidemiologists.
•Interacts with the media and conveys information to the public.
•Collaborates with public health lab partners in relation to testing coordination and results dissemination related to timely public health interventions.
•Participates in research activities, special investigations, and descriptive and analytic studies relating to specific diseases; interprets results and adapts to epidemiology programs and related programs.
•Prepares technical reports, scientific articles, and participates in grant writing activities.
•Determines and utilizes appropriate statistical methods to evaluate and interpret data.
•Lectures for various organizations on diseases, injuries, or conditions; prepares educational materials for public distribution.
•Interpret data to determine risks from exposure to chemicals or biological agents.
•Design and implement epidemiological studies and surveillance systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
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 manipulate large databases. Knowledge of environmental toxicology, intervention strategies, diagnostic laboratory methods, and medical microbiology is strongly preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is performed in an office setting with climate-controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to stand, talk, walk, lift, and reach with hands and arms. This position requires long periods of sitting and daily computer-based work. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position. Applicants must also be willing to assist in after-hours epi-on-call phone coverage and outbreak response as needed. Outbreak involvement is unpredictable, may interfere with personal schedules, and could require travel and overnight stay away from home.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience requirements 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.

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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