Community Health Epidemiologist

Recruitment #220331-X27A-10


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 Community Health Epidemiologist providing support to the Blaine, Canadian, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Logan, and Major County Health Departments within the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This is a state employee position 34003600 governed by the Civil Service RulesOSDH 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 $56,000.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The purpose of this position is to plan, organize and conduct field studies and surveillance of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries or conditions; to determine the patterns of disease in the community; to make communicable or chronic diseases, injuries or conditions; to determine the patterns of disease in the community; to make recommendations regarding the possible causation of diseases and disease processes, their correlation with other community conditions (to include social determinates of health), and the control of epidemics and eradication of disease; conduct literature reviews, support data sharing initiatives, provide data and technical evaluation assistance, continual focus on local health assessments, strategic health planning, and appropriate interventions with a deliberate evaluation component, and to perform other work assigned.

Position Responsibilities/Essential Functions
•Knowledge of public health principles and practices of communicable diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention and other conditions.
•Advanced knowledge of epidemiology and evaluation methods
•Proficiency with statistical analysis software, such as; SAS, SPSS, and Stata.
•Thorough knowledge and understanding of public health sciences and practice.
•The ability to interpret findings and prepare materials (such as briefs, reports), and communicate results to department staff, the general public, and other partners.
•The ability to provide epidemiological and evaluation input into planning and program processes.
•Education and experience in conducting program evaluations.
•A proven ability independently and communicate effectively using written, verbal, and electronic methods.
•Interacts with and provides technical assistance to internal customers (such as; State and County Health Departments leadership and staff) as well as external stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Oklahoma.
•Establish and maintains surveillance systems to identify and monitor communicable disease and chronic disease (including injury) and health risk behavior trends among various population groups.
•Review and monitor case reports, health statistics, demographic information and the results of laboratory tests to identify possible disease trends, locations and sources.
•Consult on development and use of health information systems, interfacing with the vital records system and other divisions in the department in dealing with specific disease problems and recommends appropriate action.
•Designs, collects, analyzes, and prepares reports on epidemiologic surveys by analyzing available surveillance data, or by collecting or supervising the collection of new data as pertains to acute and chronic disease and maternal, child, and adolescent health.
•Assess risks of the occurrence of epidemics, communicable diseases and/or environmental hazards and makes recommendations for control procedures and/ or official departmental policy based on such assessments.
•Assist in writing grant applications.
•Maintains accurate records and files related to work performed and prepares and updates documentation regrading assigned projects.

Other Duties:
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Current Epidemiological and related literature; Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to public health practice and administration; computer applications related to the work, including data base development and modification and report generation techniques. Must also have a thorough knowledge of environmental, agent and host factors associated with the occurrence of diseases, modes of disease transmission and epidemic patterns of disease in the community; availability, uses and limitations of demographic data; application of manual and automated systems for storage, retrieval and analysis of data.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
•Office Environment
•Computer based
•Travel may be required




Requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in public health, biological, medical, or health science.
•Two years of full-time professional level experience planning, developing and conducting epidemiological or similar research studies, preferably in a public Health setting is also qualifying.


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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