Job Posting for DPH: Epidemiologist I

Title: Health Care Facility Spec II – South Region

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

Conducts epidemiologic investigations of health care associated infections as well as viral hepatitis, emerging pathogens, antibiotic resistance, zoonotic diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases and respiratory diseases in order to control the immediate problem and prevent such morbidity in the future.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain basic knowledge on over 50 communicable, reportable diseases and more in-depth knowledge on healthcare associated infections and antibiotic resistance by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
  • Use advanced statistical methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data and outbreaks.
  • Retains the ability to analyze large datasets. Collaborates with internal and external partners such as other state agencies, academic and clinical partners in the analysis of epidemiologic data.
  • Disseminates data of interest through professional conferences and publications as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain communicable disease surveillance systems by reviewing case investigations and laboratory reports submitted by local and state health professionals and the public regarding same.
  • Assists in projects to utilize and improve surveillance data on zoonotic disease and healthcare associated infections.
  • Communicate to health professionals and to the public regarding the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with communicable diseases. Interpret the General Laws and Regulations regarding communicable diseases and advise health professionals and the general public regarding same.
  • Assists in training of new epidemiologists. Keep informed of current trends and data in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
  • Assist other agencies in conducting and maintaining communicable disease programs.
  • Prepare and deliver educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of disease epidemiology and control.
  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/7 days per week rotating 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.

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