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Epidemiologist - Department of Public Health and Human Services

Location: Helena, MT
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #13331
Posted: November 27, 2018

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 Materials Required of Applicants:

(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • 3 Professional references

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 This position is located in the Office of Epidemiology and Scientific Support at the Public Health & Safety Division. The Epidemiologist studies the occurrence of disease and other health-related conditions or events in defined populations in order to implement prevention and control measures. This position is responsible for managing and analyzing the Montana Hospital Discharge Data System and provides epidemiology support to public health programs throughout the Division. Responsibilities include: 1)  Analyzing surveillance data such as health indicators, risk factors, and disease surveillance information; 2) Analyzes programmatic and service-related data; 3) Design, coordinate, and manage special surveillance or evaluation procedures where there is no other existing data available; 4) Develops and conducts various trainings related to epidemiological and program evaluation issues; and 5) Designs and conducts program evaluations.

 The Public Health and Safety Division leads public health efforts in Montana and provides state-level coordination of key public health services to local and tribal public health agencies. The Division serves a diverse group of customers and stakeholders while working to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of Montanans. The PHSD is committed to serving all of our customers and stakeholders with excellence and is a nationally accredited state health department through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This milestone accomplishment is official recognition that the PHSD meets or exceeds the rigorous national standards established by PHAB.

 Major Duties or Responsibilities:

 Develop, Implement, and Oversee Disease Surveillance Systems and Conducts Program Evaluation

  • Analyze surveillance and hospital discharge data.
  • Analyze programmatic and service-related data.
  • Design, coordinate, and manage special surveillance and/or evaluation procedures where is no other existing data available.
  • Evaluate quality and efficiency of surveillance systems.  Make recommendations for enhancements.  Monitors trends and risk factors, strengths and weakness, and so forth.
  • 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, and grants.

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.
  • Provides data and analysis to support disease prevention and health promotion programs and public policy presentations.

Other Duties

 Physical and Environmental Demands: This position works in a typical office environment with keyboarding responsibilities.  5% Occasional travel maybe required.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of epidemiology principles and practices.
  • 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.

Required Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, or a closely related degree.
  • Three years of job related experience in epidemiology.
  • Experience in managing large complex data sets preferred.
  • Prior epidemiology experience with billing or diagnostic coding (e.g., ICD-10-CM) highly desirable.
  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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