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Epidemiologist 1 - Washington State Department of Health

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Location: Olympia, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: December 18, 2017
Job #12083
Posted: December 4, 2017
Epidemiologist 1 (NON-PERMANENT)
About the Position

The Washington State Department of Health is in the process of transitioning to a new data system for notifiable condition reporting.  This Epidemiologist 1 contributes to the organization by assuring that the fundamental activity of public health assessment is conducted in a timely and accurate way.  This position contributes specifically to the mission of the Infectious Disease Assessment Unit by providing dataset preparation, document preparation and data analysis.
This is a full-time non-permanent Epidemiologist 1 (Epi 1) within the Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics – Office of Infectious Disease, Assessment Unit.  This recruitment may be used to fill other Epi 1 positions within the office.   
This non-permanent position is anticipated to last up to twelve (12) months. 
To learn more about Office of Infectious Disease, visit


About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:

  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.  
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. 
  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers. 
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending on duties and work location.) 


What will you be doing? – Duties include: 

  • Develop quality assurance checks and computer programs that automatically and routinely identify discrepancies.
  • Use SAS, MS Excel and other software to perform edit checks and prepare clean data sets for data management or epidemiologic analysis.
  • Use LinkPlus or other matching software to identify, consolidate, correct and/or remove duplicate records from within databases and determine linkages between datasets.
  • Prepare data crosswalks that describe the variable-by-variable relationships between two separate datasets.
  • Prepare reports that identify problematic data and works with unit epidemiologists to resolve data problems.
  • Analyze data and present conclusions to supervisor and other program epidemiologists.
  • Work with supervisor and other Assessment Unit staff to create, review, and update data system requirements.


 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  (Experience may have been gained concurrently.) 

  • A Master’s degree or higher in public health, epidemiology, or a closely allied field.


  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s program studying public health, epidemiology, or a closely allied field and eligible to receive a Master’s degree within six months from date of hire.


  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
  • Manipulating, researching, or analyzing notifiable condition data.
  • Working with SAS analytic software.
  • Manipulating large datasets.
  • Presenting data in a variety of formats.

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to learn more about the position and submit your application. 

Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:

  1. A current detailed applicant profile; AND attach your detailed Letter of Interest that addresses the "Required and Desired Qualifications" (as listed above) and Resume to your profile.
  2. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.  Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised other staff) a subordinate.
  3. Responses to the Supplemental Questions.

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