Disease Intervention Specialist I

Recruitment #220629-X38A-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 Disease Intervention Specialist I providing support to the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service. This is a state employee position (34003346) governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, 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 are up to $47,806.37, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The purpose of a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is to intervene in the spread of HIV and syphilis. This position locates and interviews patients and their sexual partners to gather information on infections or exposures to HIV and STDs. Duties include recommending testing/screening and referring positive patients to care; consulting with private/public providers to obtain information on treated cases; performing diagnostic and treatment techniques; seeking permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients; assisting in statewide screening programs on STDs and HIV to ensure timely reporting of positive findings; and providing medical consultation to clinics, county health departments, prisons and jails and Indian Health Services (IHS) on STDs and HIV. The Disease Intervention Specialist plays a critical role to diagnosis as well as screen people who have been exposed.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Provides treatment consultation to clinics and county health departments on sexually transmitted diseases, and other communicable diseases.
• Consults with local health officers, private physicians, school officials, and others on the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
• Participates in the development of various programs, preparation of field procedures and information, and other activities related to program direction.
• Provides training and information on assigned programs in schools, public and private facilities, and to the general public.
• Interviews patients and contacts to gather information concerning infections or exposure to various types of communicable diseases; consults with private physicians to stimulate case reporting, obtain information on treated cases, provide information on diagnostic and treatment techniques, and secure permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients.
• Assists in statewide screening programs on sexually transmitted diseases through coordination of laboratory efforts to assure timely reporting of positive findings indicative of such diseases.
• Participates in special projects with federal and local public health agencies; cooperates with volunteer health groups in disease prevention and control programs. 
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 as outlined by OSDH.
• Works effectively and participating in team environments, and assisting their peers.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of various types of communicable diseases; of state and federal laws concerning the treatment and reporting of various types of infections or exposure to various diseases; of medical and epidemiological aspects of diseases; of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis of disease or infections; and of the principles of interviewing and training.  Ability is required to work with groups and individuals; to provide information concerning communicable diseases; and to interview and gather information.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise levels, but also includes various public/community establishments used for training classes, presentations, meetings, and other required duties. 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.

Travel Requirements:
Work related travel is required to and from contracted sites and other destinations as necessary.




Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in a biological science, health science, social science, or a closely related field or four years of experience in performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, preventive health programs, or as a public health nurse or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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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