Title: Epidemiologist I – Registry of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Bureau of Environmental Health
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Coordinates timely data collection, abstraction, and verification of ALS medical records by interacting with health providers across the state, collaborating with consulting neurologists, and communicating with the ALS Registry Nurse.
- Conducts data entry, QA/QC measures, and maintains an active, functional ALS Registry database.
- Analyzes data using appropriate statistical methods, summarizes results, and disseminates information as directed.
- Assembles and maintains up-to-date literature files on the epidemiology of ALS and related diseases.
- Reviews professional journals, health bulletins, and other publications to keep informed of current trends and new data in the fields of disease prevention and control, exposure assessment, and environmental health.
- Maintains confidential records in accordance with state privacy laws and department regulations.
- Analyzes and prepares statistical reports and public information on the epidemiology of ALS and other diseases as directed.
- Participates in public discussions and presentations of findings.
- Organizes an annual ALS Advisory council meeting.
- Works with other Program staff in identifying prevention and research strategies.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental epidemiology.
- Knowledge of the principles of biology and disease processes.
- Knowledge of epidemiologic research methods.
- Knowledge of the methods of statistical and scientific report writing.
- Ability to maintain accurate records.
- Ability to manage databases, construct data files, conduct and support data entry, and perform data edits/cleaning as needed.
- Ability to calculate crude, age/sex-specific, and adjusted rates of disease.
- Ability to select appropriate tests of significance to apply to findings.
- Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with others.
- Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing agency operations.
- Knowledge of the types and availability of public and private community based organizations and sources used for the dissemination of information.
- Knowledge of the epidemiology of ALS.
- Knowledge of methods for communicating data on the web, including geographical information systems (GIS).
- Knowledge of other chronic disease surveillance systems and methods.
- Ability to effectively communicate with the public and other health professionals.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.