Job Posting for Department of Public Health: Epidemiologist

Title: Epidemiologist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. 

As part of a team, the Epidemiologist will ensure accuracy and completeness of healthcare-associated infections data reported through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) through data validation.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform external audits of NHSN data consisting of medical record review, data abstraction, and thorough application of NHSN surveillance definitions using a Validation Toolkit developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Conduct epidemiological surveillance and investigations of reportable diseases including healthcare-associated infections in order to identify risk factors and to limit and prevent such morbidity. 
  • Serve as an educational resource for professional and public groups regarding laws and regulations regarding communicable disease epidemiology.
  • Develop policies and activities dealing with communicable disease control.
  • Help formulate disease prevention policies with intra – departmental working groups.
  •  Prepare and deliver educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases including but not limited to healthcare-associated infections.
  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/7 days per week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
  • Perform other duties as required. 

Qualifications:

Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part- time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least one (1) year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
 
I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other  health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
 II. A Master’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology,, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*
 *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. 
 NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience.
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