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BRFSS Epidemiologist - Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Location: Helena, MT
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11076
Posted: February 3, 2017
Description:

This position manages the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  Responsibilities include managing the cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); overseeing the contracted call center that carries out the survey; analyzing surveillance data such as health indicators, risk factors, and disease surveillance information;  designing, coordinating, and managing special surveillance and/or evaluation procedures where there is no other existing data available;  developing and conducting various trainings related to epidemiological and program evaluation issues; and designing and conducting program evaluations.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inquisitive epidemiologist to work with our many partners throughout our rural state to implement data driven public health programs and policies. We are looking for someone with the ability to work independently and work well with a team. Strong written and oral communications skills with the ability to explain technical information to a lay audience is highly desirable.

This position is located in beautiful Helena, Montana! World-class hiking, biking, skiing, fly fishing and much more are found out your back door.

Develops, Implements, and Oversees Disease Surveillance Systems and Conducts Program Evaluation

  • Ensures compliance with requirements of the federal cooperative agreement supporting BRFSS.
  • Manages procurement process and oversees contract for telephone survey contractor.
  • Manages multiple budgets that support the BRFSS.
  • Designs, coordinates, and manages special surveillance and/or evaluation procedures where is no other existing data available.
  • Evaluates quality and efficiency of surveillance systems.  Makes recommendations for enhancements. 
  • Monitors trends and risk factors, strengths and weakness.
  • Supports epidemiology program compliance with reporting and evaluations.
  • Develops protocols to respond to investigation of emergent health situations.
  • Performs complex statistical and epidemiologic analyses.
  • Maintains periodic reporting to various stakeholders.
  • Designs and conducts program evaluation activities.
  • Writes technical reports, grant applications, and grant intern reports.           

Consultation and Education

  • Develops and conducts various trainings related to epidemiological and program evaluation-related issues.
  • Provides consultation and assistance to educate state and local health stakeholders in the development of surveillance systems. 
  • Provides technical assistance on issues regarding surveillance, interventions, epidemiologic, program evaluation, statistical analysis, and data interpretation.  

Other Duties

Physical and Environmental Demands: This position works in a typical office environment with keyboarding responsibilities.  Occasional out-of-state travel is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of surveillance concepts and theories including epidemiology, statistics, and public health practice.
  • Skill in programming in Statistical Analysis System (SAS) or Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  • Ability to manipulate and analyze large, complex data sets.
  • Skill in descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
  • Ability to identify relationships and trends in data as well as factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Ability to identify problems, researching to develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form conclusions.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Skill in writing technical reports or grants.

 Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, or a closely related degree.
  • Three years of job related experience in epidemiology.
  • Experience in population based surveillance programs, program evaluation, or geographic information systems preferred.
  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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