Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Epidemiologist I

TitleEpidemiologist I – Registry of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Bureau of Environmental Health

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Epidemiologist I serves as the Registry Coordinator for the Massachusetts statewide registry of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Responsibilities include those related to the day-to-day operation of the Registry, including contact with all patient reporting sources to ensure complete case ascertainment, oversight of data abstraction and data verification activities, data entry of all clinical files received, and the oversight of all electronic and paper Registry files. 
This position is also responsible for maintaining a clean and accurate Registry database, conducting statistical analyses on program evaluation and ALS epidemiology in Massachusetts, assisting in the preparation of statistical reports, attending public meetings, and working with other technical staff on special studies. Other duties will include organizing annual advisory committee meetings and collaborating with other Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) staff in the design and implementation of other environmentally-related chronic disease surveillance systems. This position requires strong organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to conduct basic statistical analyses using Access, Excel, and SAS.   

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.  

To Apply: 

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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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