Title: Epidemiologist I, Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics – Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, JP Campus
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Epidemiologist I is responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems within the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Disease and Laboratory Sciences(BIDLS). The Bureau is seeking qualified candidates interested in public health and infectious disease response. Candidates with subject matter expertise in infectious disease surveillance and informatics are preferred. Strong analytical skills and experience with SAS and other analytic tools are also beneficial for this role. Candidates must maintain sensitivity to handling confidential health information and strong attention to detail.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems.
- Participate in the development and implementation of the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), the Bureau’s web-based disease surveillance and case management system, and other health information exchange initiatives for the BIDLS
- Serve as one of the epidemiologist liaisons between ISIS and other program areas within the Bureau in support of reportable infectious disease surveillance and informatics activities.
- Support development of appropriate programmatic business requirements and conduct technical and content validation of data streams, particularly those derived from electronic case and laboratory systems.
- Maintain appropriate technical and user documentation in systems development, the development of project procedure manuals and written reports, including annual and interim reports.
- Provide analysis of infectious disease surveillance data.
- Assist with development and interpretation of data standards, survey instruments, data collection methods and processes.
- Develop and implement quality assurance controls and protocols with regard to the collection and monitoring of infectious disease data; develop standards to validate data.
- Provide technical assistance in the development of analytic protocols for surveillance data.
- Prepare statistical, technical and educational reports for private and public sectors.
- Establish and monitor baseline levels of morbidity and mortality; conduct appropriate follow up measures and public health response.
- Implement infectious disease control measures and assist with the development of policies and procedures for new and existing control programs; assist in outbreak investigations.
- Advise professional and public constituents via telephone and lecture the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with infectious diseases; educate professional and public audiences about surveillance, reporting and control of infectious diseases.
- Oversee issues of confidentiality and interpret the Massachusetts General Laws and Regulations regarding infectious disease reporting; establish appropriate guidelines as such.
- Keep informed of current trends in the epidemiology of infectious diseases by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
- Prepare and deliver educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of disease surveillance.
- 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.
- Perform other duties as required.
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.SubstitutionsI. 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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