Title: Epidemiologist I
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Epidemiologist I will conduct epidemiologic surveillance and investigations of tuberculosis in order to identify risk factors to limit and prevent additional morbidity. The position will serve as an educational resource for professional and public groups regarding laws and regulations regarding tuberculosis, and will also develop policies and activities dealing with tuberculosis control. The Epidemiologist I will help to formulate disease prevention policies with intra-departmental working groups.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct epidemiologic investigations of tuberculosis (TB) in order to control the immediate problem and prevent additional morbidity.
- Interview and re-interview persons with TB, their providers, local public health nurses and other key persons to elicit information needed to control and prevent TB.
- Conduct field investigations to locate and refer identified persons for appropriate services.
- Perform critical analysis of TB cases and field investigations.
- Monitor diagnostic workup and adherence to treatment for persons with TB and intervene appropriately (within the scope of non-licensed practice).
- Closely collaborate with Division public health nursing and community health worker teams to facilitate communication, referral, review and deployment of resources that promote timely and appropriate disease investigation and patient management through the course of treatment.
- Interact with health care and other community providers and laboratory staff to support TB control efforts.
- Establish and maintain communicable disease surveillance systems by reviewing case investigations, laboratory reports, diagnostic and treatment submitted by local and state health professionals and the public regarding same.
- Conduct data entry.
- Prepare reports.
- Provide tutorials on how to best utilize MAVEN-TB to get quality results.
- Ensure all TB data are accurate and complete for timely transmission to the CDC and other interested parties.
- Maintain records in a confidential manner according to policies and procedures.
- Communicate to professional and public constituents via telephone, community meetings and lectures, the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with TB.
- Interpret the Massachusetts General Laws and Regulations regarding TB infection and disease, and advise health professionals and the public.
- Keep informed of current trends and data in the epidemiology of infectious disease, by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences in order to assist other agencies to conduct and maintain communicable disease programs.
- May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24-hours/7 days a week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
- Approximately 10% travel in Massachusetts is required, including monthly travel to the DPH Western Regional Office.
Qualifications: Applicants must have at least four 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 of which at least one year must have been in a professional capacity or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below:
- 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 years of the required experience.
- 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 years of the required experience.
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