Title: Epidemiologist I
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Epidemiologist I will conduct epidemiologic surveillance and investigations of foodborne illnesses, vector borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, in order to identify risk factors to limit and prevent such morbidity. This position will serve as an educational resource for professional and public groups regarding laws and regulations regarding communicable disease epidemiology, and will also develop policies and activities dealing with communicable disease control. The Epidemiologist I helps to formulate disease prevention policies with intra-departmental working groups.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct epidemiologic investigations of viral hepatitis, emerging pathogens, zoonotic diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease and Rabies, foodborne and waterborne diseases such as E. coli O157:H7 and Cryptosporidiosis Vaccine preventable diseases and respiratory diseases such as invasive meningococcal disease in order to control the immediate problem and prevent such morbidity in the future.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
- Work on projects related to the surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections (HAI) by analyzing HAI data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and validating reported data at healthcare facilities.
- Work on projects related to zoonotic diseases, including Lyme and arboviral disease surveillance.
- 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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