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Epidemiologist I/II

Department:Health
Open Date:August 6, 2021
Salary Range:Level I: $26.82 – $41.42 / hr Level II: $28.40 - $43.87 / hr hour
Number of Openings:1
Employment Type:Full Time, Merit-Exempt (limited funding/time position)

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Salary commensurate with qualifications/experience

Job Description

General Purpose

Performs administrative and technical duties in developing and implementing the Epidemiology Program for the Davis County Health Department.

This position is limited time/funding.

Example of Duties

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Any one position does not include all of the duties listed; nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class. 

 

Assignment in Health Strategy Bureau include the following duties:

Designs and conducts community health assessments for special populations and equity.  Examines health status indicators including data and information on demographics; socioeconomic characteristics; quality of life; disabilities, behavioral factors; the environment (including the built environment); morbidity and mortality; health policies and resources; strengths and weaknesses of the public health system; and other social or community determinants of health.  

Provides analysis of health inequities, disparities and vulnerable populations. Accesses and utilizes a variety of datasets, surveillance systems, tools, and reports Develops geographic information analysis of socioeconomic conditions. Develops and produces health equity and health disparities reports. Provides technical assistance to the department and community partners on health equity and health disparities data collection, analysis, and reporting.

  • Recommends and prepares appropriate response to television, radio, and newspaper inquiries on epidemiological studies and disease outbreaks and control.  Communicates and reviews appropriate response with Risk Communicator/Public Information Officer (PIO).  Prepares reports and publications.

 

  • Consults with outside agencies (i.e., USDA, Utah Department of Agriculture, Utah Department of Health, Utah Office of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], local school districts and city councils) on disease or situations with public health implications.  

 

  • Participates in emergency preparedness efforts.

 

  • Coordinates and monitors epidemiological investigations.  Conducts disease investigations and assists other program staff as needed/directed.  Acts as a consultant on epidemiological issues for all programs within the Department; serves as a statistical and epidemiology resource person for the Department.

 

  • Participates in and performs follow-up on outbreaks involving commercial food products, county disease control activities and zoonosis control.  Organizes and directs efforts to assess urgent outbreaks, complaints and/or allegations of illnesses, adverse health conditions, and chronic disease.  Performs onsite review of facilities and procedures; interviews patients, health care providers and others involved; and collects data from local agencies or other health entities.

 

  • Designs and implements tools for collecting data related to recurring complaints of environmental and personal health hazards (e.g. defining the problem, developing a questionnaire, administering the analytical tools and the study research design).  Analyzes and summarizes data obtained from epidemiological investigations and develop conclusions and recommendations for appropriate treatments and/or interventions as needed.

 

  • Determines prevalence and incidence of disease and/or adverse health conditions.  Designs and implements a passive/active communicable disease surveillance system.  Determines when and if appropriate to initiate surveillance of new disease syndrome.  

 

  • Ensures all active and passive surveillance systems are maintained, complete, and accurate.  Submits surveillance reports to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and CDC as required.   Conducts sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemiological studies and assists other researchers with STD data collection & analysis.

 

  • Consults with physicians, hospital personnel, UDOH and other local health departments on public health priorities.  Provides education to healthcare workers, day care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes regarding environmental hazards, communicable, and chronic diseases.  Serves as the Department’s consultant to community agencies/programs.

 

  • Ensures STD program activities comply with County and State regulations, and administrative procedures.  Evaluates STD program outcomes, review morbidity and mortality data, and plan projects to meet changing demands.  Prepares grants, narratives, and publications to obtain funding. Develops educational materials and conducts presentations to various audiences.

 

  • Assists in the distribution of the epidemiological investigation workloads.  Provides quality control of investigations by conducting audits of investigational tools and adhering to established protocols & evaluation guidelines.  Assists with Quality Improvement projects and the development, tracking, and implementation of performance management goals. 

 

  • Communicates epidemiological information obtained or developed by program staff to the UDOH as required by State statutes.  Maintains files of information obtained or developed by staff to build a database on communicable disease control as a reference for future use.

 

  • Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations.

 

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience

 

Epidemiologist I:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public or environmental Health, nursing, informatics, or a related degree, plus one (1) year of full-time public health experience epidemiology, disease surveillance, biostatistics, or a closely related field.  A master’s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for experience.  Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.

Epidemiologist II:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public or environmental health, nursing, informatics, or a related degree, plus three (3) years of full-time public health experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, biostatistics, or a closely related field.  An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered. A master’s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience.  Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.

Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.  Preference for work experience in public health.


Special Qualifications

Special Qualifications:  Must pass a criminal history background investigation.

Furnish personal transportation for on-the-job travel; employees driving a personal or a County vehicle for job related travel must possess a valid driver license and must operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner; new employees with an out-of-state license must obtain a valid Utah Driver License within sixty (60) days of hire date (exceptions for military personnel and their dependents). Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 

Thorough knowledge of:  epidemiological statistical analysis; statistical software to manage data; epidemiology surveillance and data collection methods including interview techniques, questionnaires and statistical tools; emergency epidemiological investigation techniques; medical science surveillance system; infectious disease and environmental epidemiology; governmental and community agencies.  

 

Skill in using all applicable software applications (including Microsoft Office products).  Incumbents in the Epidemiologist III classification must possess competence using statistical software programs such as SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, etc.

 

Ability to:  provide concise and accurate information on communicable disease and epidemiological studies; read, interpret, analyze and organize statistical data; read, interpret and write reports; direct and guide others in epidemiological case studies and analysis; present information to large audiences;  exercise sound judgment; determine appropriate course of action in diverse situations; communicate effectively (verbally and in writing); follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, other agencies, and the general public.

Important Information

Copy of official college transcripts required.  Proof of automobile insurance and a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) are required.  

All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment.

 

This position is limited time/funding.

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