Title: Epidemiologist I – Bureau of Infectious Disease & Laboratory Sciences, JP Campus
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The individual is responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance infrastructure 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 surveillance. Candidates with subject matter expertise in sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV surveillance and informatics are preferred. Strong analytical skills and experience with SAS and other analytic tools are of benefit. Candidates must maintain sensitivity to handling confidential health information and attention to detail.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance infrastructure within the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS).
- Serve as the epidemiologist liaison between ISIS and the Division of STD Prevention and the Office of HIV/AIDS Surveillance; provide subject expertise in support of reportable STI and HIV surveillance and informatics activities.
- 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.
- Ensure appropriate reporting to CDC per Cooperative Agreement guidelines and national standards.
- Support development of programmatic business requirements and conduct technical and content validation of data streams, particularly those derived from electronic case and laboratory systems.
- Collaborate with other epidemiologists and informaticians at both the state and national level to assure that the collection of common data elements is unified across reportable infectious diseases.
- Maintain appropriate technical and user documentation in systems development, the development of project procedure manuals and written reports.
- 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.
- Provide analysis of STI and HIV surveillance data and prepare statistical, technical and educational reports for private and public sectors.
- Establish and monitor baseline levels of morbidity and mortality.
- 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.
- Maintain confidentiality and adhere to the Massachusetts General Laws and Regulations regarding infectious diseases.
- 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.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.