Health Dept Epidemiologist

Department:Health Department
Division:Based on assignment
Open Date:May 30, 2020
Salary Range:$23.95 to $36.99 / hour Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Number of Openings:2
Employment Type:(COVID grant) Full Time Merit Exempt and Part-time positions available

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Positions are merit-exempt limited-funding/limited time, subject to federal CARES appropriations through December 2020.  Continued employment is not guaranteed after the current funding time period. These positions require extended hours and may require working weekends/holidays.

Full Time positions are Benefits Eligible!

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

Basic Life, Voluntary Life & AD&D Insurance

401(k) with 4% matching contribution

Vacation and sick leave

Preference for fluency in Spanish and English (fluency defined as proficiency level in both languages as evidenced by the ability to verbally interpret from English-to-Spanish and from Spanish-to-English, as well as the ability to translate written documents from English-to-Spanish and from Spanish-to-English).

Job Description

General Purpose
Provides support of Healthcare workers and Case managers in the fight against COVID-19.  Monitors all data collected for the COVID Response.  Produces reports, written material and presentations.  Works closely with all response team members and leadership  Identifies trends and outbreaks.
Example of Duties

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Any one position does not include all of the duties listed; nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class. 

  • Recommends and prepares appropriate response to television, radio, and newspaper inquiries on epidemiological studies and disease outbreaks and control.  Communicates and reviews appropriate response with Risk Communicator/Public Information Officer (PIO).  Prepares reports and publications.

 

  • Consults with outside agencies (i.e., USDA, Utah Department of Agriculture, Utah Department of Health, Utah Office of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], local school districts and city councils) on disease or situations with public health implications.  

 

  • Participates in emergency preparedness efforts.

 

  • Coordinates and monitors epidemiological investigations.  Conducts disease investigations and assists other program staff as needed/directed.  Acts as a consultant on epidemiological issues for all programs within the Department; serves as a statistical and epidemiology resource person for the Department.

 

  • Participates in and performs follow-up on outbreaks involving commercial food products, county disease control activities and zoonosis control.  Organizes and directs efforts to assess urgent outbreaks, complaints and/or allegations of illnesses, adverse health conditions, and chronic disease.  Performs onsite review of facilities and procedures; interviews patients, health care providers and others involved; and collects data from local agencies or other health entities.

 

  • Designs and implements tools for collecting data related to recurring complaints of environmental and personal health hazards (e.g. defining the problem, developing a questionnaire, administering the analytical tools and the study research design).  Analyzes and summarizes data obtained from epidemiological investigations and develop conclusions and recommendations for appropriate treatments and/or interventions as needed.

 

  • Determines prevalence and incidence of disease and/or adverse health conditions.  Designs and implements a passive/active communicable disease surveillance system.  Determines when and if appropriate to initiate surveillance of new disease syndrome.  

 

  • Ensures all active and passive surveillance systems are maintained, complete, and accurate.  Submits surveillance reports to the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and CDC as required.   Conducts sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemiological studies and assists other researchers with STD data collection & analysis.

 

  • Consults with physicians, hospital personnel, UDOH and other local health departments on public health priorities.  Provides education to healthcare workers, day care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes regarding environmental hazards, communicable, and chronic diseases.  Serves as the Department’s consultant to community agencies/programs.

 

  • Ensures STD program activities comply with County and State regulations, and administrative procedures.  Evaluates STD program outcomes, review morbidity and mortality data, and plan projects to meet changing demands.  Prepares grants, narratives, and publications to obtain funding. Develops educational materials and conducts presentations to various audiences.

 

  • Assists in the distribution of the epidemiological investigation workloads.  Provides quality control of investigations by conducting audits of investigational tools and adhering to established protocols & evaluation guidelines.  Assists with Quality Improvement projects and the development, tracking, and implementation of performance management goals. 

 

  • Communicates epidemiological information obtained or developed by program staff to the UDOH as required by State statutes.  Maintains files of information obtained or developed by staff to build a database on communicable disease control as a reference for future use.

 

  • Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations.

 

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience

Epidemiologist I:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public or environmental Health, nursing, informatics, or a related degree, plus one (1) year of full-time public health experience epidemiology, disease surveillance, biostatistics, or a closely related field.  A master’s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for experience.  Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.

Epidemiologist II:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public or environmental health, nursing, informatics, or a related degree, plus three (3) years of full-time public health experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, biostatistics, or a closely related field.  An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered. A master’s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience.  Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.

Preference for a master’s degree in public health or a related field.  Preference for work experience in public health.


Special Qualifications
Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code. Must possess a valid Utah Driver's License. Must pass a Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background investigation. Provide personal transportation for on-the-job travel.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:  epidemiological statistical analysis; statistical software to manage data; epidemiology surveillance and data collection methods including interview techniques, questionnaires and statistical tools; emergency epidemiological investigation techniques; medical science surveillance system; infectious disease and environmental epidemiology; governmental and community agencies.  

 

Skill in using all applicable software applications (including Microsoft Office products).  Incumbents in the Epidemiologist III classification must possess competence using statistical software programs such as SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, etc.

 

Ability to:  provide concise and accurate information on communicable disease and epidemiological studies; read, interpret, analyze and organize statistical data; read, interpret and write reports; direct and guide others in epidemiological case studies and analysis; present information to large audiences;  exercise sound judgment; determine appropriate course of action in diverse situations; communicate effectively (verbally and in writing); follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, other agencies, and the general public.

Important Information

Davis County is a drug-free workplace. All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment.  Copies of official college transcripts, proof of automobile insurance and a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) required.

Positions are merit-exempt limited-funding/limited time, subject to federal CARES appropriations through December 2020.  Continued employment is not guaranteed after the current funding time period.

These positions require extended hours and may require working weekends/holidays.

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