Epidemiologist

Recruitment #210610-UNCX-303

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 the Injury Prevention Services. This is an unclassified position (PIN#34003519) 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 $62,808.33 based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
This position will be responsible to collects, analyzes, and reports data on all unintentional injuries with special focus on falls, drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, and all childhood injuries to support multiple federal cooperative agreements.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Analyze vital statistics, medical examiner, hospital discharge, State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System, prescription drug monitoring program, and injury surveillance data using Microsoft Access, SAS, and Excel, and assure data quality and security standards are maintained.
• Conduct complex analyses of injury-related surveillance data, including special investigations of topics of interest.
• Work with stakeholders to interpret and apply data findings to inform prevention and decrease the burden of injury in Oklahoma.
• Participate in national workgroups to identify injury epidemiology best practices and conduct analyses to inform and validate surveillance recommendations.
• Disseminate injury-related epidemiologic studies/analyses and prevention information through written technical reports, scientific articles, educational materials, news releases, and responses to data requests from partners (e.g., legislators, media, internal/external partners, researchers).
• Present findings of injury-related epidemiologic studies/analyses and prevention information at local, state, and national meetings and conferences to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Conduct and/or 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.
• Provide subject matter expertise on leading causes of injury, evidence-based and promising prevention strategies, and injury surveillance.
• Represent the Injury Prevention Service at various meetings and promote the use of injury data to inform decision making.

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.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I – Master's degree in epidemiology or biostatistics.

Level II – Master's degree in epidemiology or biostatistics and one year of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological research, investigation, and analysis. 

Level III – Master’s degree in epidemiology or biostatistics and three years of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis; or a doctorate in epidemiology or biostatistics and one year of qualifying experience.

Preferred qualifications
include at least one year of work experience in injury prevention and/or at least two years of experience using SAS regularly to manipulate and analyze data in a professional setting.

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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