Epidemiologist II

Recruitment #210804-UNCX-481

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 II providing support to Screening and Special Services. This is a classified position (PIN #4000894) 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 $66,000 based on education and experience.


Position Description:  
The Oklahoma Lead Poisoning Prevention Program epidemiologist/surveillance coordinator will provide support to the Oklahoma Childhood (OCLPPP) and Adult Blood (ABLES) Lead Programs within Screening and Special Services by providing data, epidemiological analysis and reports, graphs and other required documentation in order to assist with policy changes, grant proposals, program updates, maintain accurate tracking of trends in blood lead levels, identify at-risk populations, and make best use of available resources. The position will analyze data and provide data cleaning reports. Duties will include designing and implementing complex surveillance/research studies and processes and coordinating studies and analyzing and evaluating data and communicating results.  The position will work with the Blood Lead Program for internal quality monitoring and report writing to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of current program activities and allocated resources. The position will assist the Blood Lead Program to improve data systems and increase their understanding and utilization of program data and to identify opportunities to integrate the use of geographic information for external and internal stakeholders.  The position will develop and direct grant funded projects and generate scientific publications, public health reports, and presentations of completed work to agency/program management at conferences.  The position will also analyze data gathered from environmental investigations for lead-based paint identification and will obtain certification as a lead-based risk assessor/inspector to perform environmental investigations.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Serve as database manager for the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Surveillance System (HHLPSS).
• Quarterly data reporting to federal and state partners.
• Develop adhoc reports as needed by OCLPPP staff using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
• Understand database schemas and tables to perform and develop queries in SQL Server Management Studio.
• Clean, modify, process, and output data (CSV, Excel) preferably in SAS.
• Create interactive dashboards, visualization, and business tools preferably in Tableau or Power BI.
• Recognize and adopt best practices in reporting and analysis: data integrity, test design analysis, validation, and documentation.
• Perform data linkages with housing, Medicaid, and other data systems.
• Determine and utilize appropriate statistical methods to evaluate and interpret data.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of the current OCLPPP/ABLES program functions, develop and implement processes, guidance, and procedures to monitor and evaluate progress toward program goals
• Attend and participate in relevant national conferences, meetings, and events.
• Assist in identifying issues related to data quality, data sources, and data processing.
• Troubleshoot problems reported by users of the blood lead reporting portal.
• Maintain an on-going logging/tracking system of all laboratory reports submitted to the program.
• Assure maintenance of program’s databases, including the development of quality assurance protocols for data collection, data entry and analysis.
• Conduct epidemiological analysis of data.
• Prepare and submit required reports on program data to funders and other stakeholders.
• Compose technical and non-technical information and education materials for a wide range of consumers.
• Perform evaluation and assessment activities to fulfill federal grant requirements.
• Develop an annual surveillance report of OCLPPP programs.
• Conduct presentations pertaining to the program’s data to community and professional groups.
• Prepare for and take the exam to become a Certified Lead Based Paint Risk Assessor/Inspector as well as participate in environmental hazard assessments.
• Participate in writing grant applications and reports.
• Maintain current lead poisoning information and data on the OSDH website.
• Perform scientific literature searches (traditional, internet and database).
• Prepare articles, papers and reports for publication and in-house distribution.
• Support program management and other Health Department activities including the use of standard graphic application and scientific GIS mapping.
• Assist the State Health Officer/Medical Consultant with epidemiological data to maintain accurate follow-up of the CDC lead protocol.
• Cross-train amongst all OCLPPP positions to ensure continued programmatic functioning during staff absences or vacancies.
• Some out of state travel required.
• Work effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.
• Other duties as assigned

Other Duties:
Demonstrate knowledge of and support mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
This position requires excellent organization and time management skills, as well as attention to detail. The position also requires the ability to communicate effectively with personnel who may not be familiar with data analysis and surveillance, the ability to work on multiple projects independently, and provide excellent customer service.

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. Work related travel required.

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level II
A Master of Public Health degree or a Master of Science degree with a concentration in, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Informatics. One year of practical experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Database management experience, statistical analytic skills, SAS and/or SQL programming, and report writing. 

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

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