Job Posting for Department of Public Health: Research Data Analyst

Title: Research Data Analyst

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

 The Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a highly strategic and ambitious Analyst who will present data, findings and recommendations for the design and planning of prevention, intervention and treatment services as they relate to addictive disorders  and performance management for improvement of service delivery. The applicant will participate in data quality improvement initiatives, evaluate and propose recommendations, and conduct policy analysis. The Analyst works under the Office of Data Analytics and Decision Support (ODADS) within the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).  The ideal candidate must be comfortable working in a dynamic team setting, and be a strategic player in supporting desired changes, outcomes and goals.


  • Extract and analyze data from agency database, including information from legacy datasets and Electronic Invoice Management and Electronic Service Management (EIMESM), and other supplemental data;
  • Research, gather and investigate data into the prevalence and incidence of alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsive gambling; provide statistical analysis and dissemination of results;
  • Respond to internal and external inquiries for data requests;
  • Utilize multi-source data in collaboration with contractors, develop methodologies and data frameworks to identify disparities in access to treatment;
  • Apply treatment data to follow clients through the continuum of care and identify best practices;
  • Prepare metrics and reports from findings for the agency/Bureau and professional publications;
  • Participate in data improvement initiatives for continuous quality improvements; recommend opportunities to enhance data collection, processing and analysis;
  • Assist the Director in carrying out ODADS responsibilities related to federal grant based projects;
  • Leverage performance data as basis to support outcome analysis and to advise senior staff on policy design;
  • Maintain personal/professional growth and proficiency by reading professional journals, health bulletins and other publication sources; stay informed of current trends and new data in the field of alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and other addictions;
  • Participate in agency work groups to streamline processes and protocols, identify training needs and hardware/software, advise on health care reform and public health accreditation initiatives.


  • Demonstrated capacity to perform data analysis utilizing SQL (Structured Query Language) programming;
  • General knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology, biostatistics and public health;
  • Experience working with databases, particularly relational databases, ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) process and data cleaning;
  • Competence in utilizing statistical analysis tools commonly used with health care data such as SAS (Statistical Analysis System);
  • Solid aptitude in statistical methodology, process improvement and project management experience and skills;
  • Record of working with multiple data sources and combining data in multiple formats;
  • Skilled in presenting complex information in an understandable and compelling manner; Ability to explain data analysis to  non-technical audiences;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to determine the applicability of epidemiological data, to draw conclusions and make effective recommendations and changes;
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and managing competing deadlines;
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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