Title: Epidemiologist III
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an Epidemiologist III to oversee the daily operations of the Immunization Program Assessment Unit, providing supervision, assigning work and evaluating performance of all staff within the Unit. The Immunization Program is committed to promoting the health of Massachusetts’ citizens by ensuring that all individuals are fully immunized in a timely manner, thereby reducing the burden of vaccine preventable diseases that affect the residents of the Commonwealth. The ideal candidate will perform all duties with a high degree of proficiency and efficiency, communicate effectively, and have a strong background in data management and analysis.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversees the daily operations, and supervises staff of the Immunization Program Assessment Unit, which includes five Research Analysts and one Epidemiologist II (who supervises two Epidemiologist I positions).
- Makes policy recommendations to senior management regarding immunization requirements for school and child care entry.
- In consultation with DPH Legal Counsel, develops and revises immunization policies, requirements and regulations to reflect the latest recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Oversees the coordination of annual immunization provider site visits for the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) and Assessment, Feedback, Incentive and eXchange (AFIX) activities, including the development of policies and procedures and the detailed statistical analysis and reporting of the data collected.
- Oversees the coordination of statewide school immunization surveys of children entering child care, kindergarten, seventh grade, and college. Develop and update policies, procedures and protocols for these surveys in accordance with latest national recommendations and in consultation with other state agencies.
- Manages requests for immunization data from the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), ensuring timely response following all Departmental data release policies. Contributes to data quality improvements and initiatives for the MIIS.
- Provides detailed statistical analysis of Massachusetts immunization rates as measured by the CDC’s National Immunization Survey (NIS) and other data sources, to identify disparities and make comparisons to national trends, summarize findings in tables and reports, and make policy recommendations to senior management.
- Serves as the lead subject matter expert for all assessment and evaluation activities for the Immunization Program, in accordance with latest guidance from CDC.
- Participates in the preparation of CDC annual reports and grant proposals, and writes articles and advisories about VPDs, vaccine-related issues and assessment activities.
- Keeps informed of current trends and data in the epidemiology of infectious diseases by reviewing professional literature and by attending courses and seminars.
- May be part of a team that responds to infectious disease emergencies 24 hours/day, 7-days a week, on a rotating basis.
- Six years of professional experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics or specific discipline related to the particular epidemiologic role (e.g., research statistics, research methods, population health, environmental health, toxicology, ecology, international health, etc.)
- Four years must have been in a supervisory or leadership capacity or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions on the full posting (link below).
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