Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager

Recruitment #220110-H10D-01


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager providing support to the Acute Disease Department.. This is a state employee position 34002808 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $87,600.00 based on education and experience.  

Position Summary:
The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate statewide surveillance for infectious diseases for the Acute Disease Service, Surveillance and Informatics Division. This position is responsible for classification and reporting of infectious disease cases, data evaluation and quality assurance, outbreak investigations, developing agency publications and management of the Surveillance Team.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Evaluate disease reports received by Acute Disease Service to determine if investigation is required. Distribute disease reports to epidemiologists and communicable disease nurses for investigation. Provide consultation and guidance daily to epidemiologists and other professional public health staff regarding data collection, documentation, and policy during investigations. Sustain positive working relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders that play a vital role in public health.  Offers guidance and support to healthcare providers and laboratorians regarding disease reporting and surveillance requirements. Consults with other epidemiologists and information technology staff in the continued development and enhancement of the PHIDDO system, ELR and other informatics projects.
• Classify cases of disease according to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) case definitions. Coordinate weekly and annual reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using the National Electronic Telecommunications System for Surveillance (NETSS) and PHIDDO.  This position is responsible to report all diseases under the ADS as well as the HIV/STD Service.
• Analyze data using statistical software routinely to ensure data quality control and assurance.  Perform data cleaning, ensuring that databases are up to date with accurate timely information.  Review surveillance data on a regular basis and use critical thinking to identify communicable disease clusters within the state of Oklahoma or unusual illness ensuring prompt identification of potential public health problems and multistate clusters. Conduct weekly and monthly statistical analysis of reportable conditions and prepare technical reports for to monitor infectious disease trends.  Propose recommendations for modifications to surveillance based on need/evaluation.  Recommend priorities of potential public health problems to be addressed. Extract data and send on weekly and monthly basis to internal and external partners. Collaborates with the Tuberculosis Division on data cleaning, statistical analysis and program evaluation. Participate in special surveillance projects, including multistate projects collaborating with other state and federal public health agencies. Collaborate with other Acute Disease Service epidemiologists to develop and implement sentinel, syndromic and hospital-based surveillance systems to enhance early detection, identify outbreaks and support all-hazards situation awareness. 
• Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate data collected during communicable disease outbreak investigations.  Ensure appropriate scientific processes are applied, including active surveillance methods, proper epidemiologic study design and data collection protocols, data management, quality control, and analysis. Evaluate surveillance data to establish baseline incidence; detect clusters and suspected outbreaks and initiate investigations. Determine and implement appropriate epidemiologic study design, including establishment of inclusion and exclusion criteria of individuals or groups in the study; and develop and implement case and comparison group sampling methods. Develop an outbreak database and implement quality assurance processes, including data reviews and data cleaning to ensure data quality requirements are met. Evaluate data using appropriate analytical principles and practices, including inferential statistics, such as logistic regression, multivariate analysis, and dose-response analysis, to identify associations between exposure and outcome and to identify the etiologic agent, determine source and modes of transmission. Interpret study results, and collaborate with local, state and federal partners to implement outbreak control measures. Collaborate with state and federal partners in conducting multistate surveillance of emergent communicable disease events and outbreak investigations.
• Perform analysis and prepare reports, press releases, risk communication, and tailored data requests to groups including media, legal, legislative, grant reports, and OSDH website. Create, review and revise educational resources for a wide range of target audiences, including healthcare providers; childcare facilities, schools, and other institutional settings; and healthcare providers. Author peer-reviewed publications to contribute to the scientific knowledge of communicable diseases including population trends, risk factors, and study design methodology.
• Facilitate weekly surveillance meetings including internal partners (Acute Disease Service, public health lab, HIV/STD Service, Immunization Service, Consumer Protection, Office of Communications) and external partners (Oklahoma City County Health Department, Tulsa City County Health Department, Tinker Air Force Base Public Health, Tribal Health, Indian Health Service) leading discussion of public health events, concerns, and updates to ensure and promote communication. 
• Educate the public and professionals by providing trainings to internal, county-level, and external partners regarding disease reporting; surveillance; communicable disease-specific topics on etiology and pathogenesis, transmission dynamics, and prevention and control measures; epidemiologic investigation methods; and disease investigation protocols.

Other Duties:
• 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.
• As assigned.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Applicable laws, statutes and policies regarding health information including security, privacy and management of confidential data.
• Public health reporting and information system standards and public health data.
• Public health business operations, methods and practices.
• 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 to plan, coordinate and evaluate the activities of a communicable disease and surveillance work unit.
• Ability to advise and mentor staff on program development, problem solving, and improving program delivery.

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. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.

Travel Requirements:
• Occasional


• Master’s degree from an accredited graduate school with a focus in epidemiology, public health, public health informatics, health care informatics, information technology, computer science, information science, public policy or health policy, statistics or a related field and three (3) years of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological research, investigation and analysis.
• OR, Doctoral-level degree such as PhD of Informatics or Epidemiology, Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH.), Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.), Ph.D. Management Information Systems and Technology, Ph.D Computer Science or closely related field with one (1) year of experience which included the use of epidemiological research, investigation and analysis. 


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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