Epidemiologist 2 – Project (DOH4193) - State of Washington

LOCATION: Tumwater, WA

CLOSING DATE: September 20, 2018


JOB #: 12928

POSTED: August 20, 2018


The Opportunity
The Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology (OCDE) is responsible for statewide surveillance and investigation of more than 70 of Washington State’s approximately 80 notifiable conditions, including planning and response for public health emergencies involving communicable diseases. Our office works to ensure effective communicable disease prevention, surveillance and response systems.
As an Epidemiologist 2, you will protect and improve the health and safety of all people in Washington State by:

  • Developing and Enhancing the Washington State Disease Reporting System (WDRS) for tuberculosis and hepatitis models.
  • Establishing reports, workflows, and processes for using health data relating to hepatitis and tuberculosis models.
  • Coordinating the implementation of hepatitis and tuberculosis surveillance system databases.
  • Providing epidemiological hepatitis and tuberculosis-related public health information and consultative services to state and local public health partners. 

The Washington Disease Reporting System (WDRS) is an electronic disease surveillance system that allows public health staff in Washington State to receive, enter, manage, process, track and analyze disease-related data. This information comes from various places including, but not limited to, healthcare entities such as clinics, laboratories, hospitals and local healthcare providers, as well as other non-health care sources. WDRS allows secure communication and coordination among state and local health departments.
The Health Information Exchange Project and this position are currently funded through September 30, 2019, but may be extended upon additional funding. Learn more about OCDE.


What will you be doing? – Duties include:
  •  Support planning and implementation of the Washington Disease Reporting System (WDRS) by working with subject matter experts to ensure the system design meets business needs.
  • Lead data system testing.
  • Serve as cross-office Hepatitis Domain Lead Epidemiologist responsible for implementing the WDRS hepatitis model and prepare to integrate case reporting.
  • Prepare the WDRS system and electronic laboratory reporting standardization software.
  • Lead coordinated efforts across offices for WDRS Hepatitis model in Phase II of the project.
  • Assist in developing communicable and infectious disease epidemiology informatics and laboratory reporting capabilities as related to hepatitis and tuberculosis.
  • Work with and assists OCDE epidemiologists in emergency and other case and outbreak investigations involving bioterrorism, enteric, zoonotic, vaccine-preventable, and other communicable diseases as assigned.
  • Conduct public health emergency preparedness and response activities.

What we’re looking for
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
Required Qualifications

  • Option 1: A Master’s degree in epidemiology.


  • Option 2: Master’s degree in public health including 12 graduate quarter hours (500 level or above) in epidemiology and 12 graduate quarter hours in biostatistics.


  • Two (2) years of experience working in a public health agency or similar setting.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting data analysis of large and complex datasets.
  • Demonstrated experience working with statistical software. 

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with SQL, JavaScript, and/or Rhapsody.
  • Two (2) years of experience working in the communicable disease epidemiology field.
  • Experience working in viral hepatitis/tuberculosis surveillance and data analysis.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work in a tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free environment.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Interact and work with customers, some of whom may be frustrated or distressed in a positive, friendly and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency. 

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Zach Covington at (360) 236-2406, Zach.Covington@doh.wa.gov, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

How to Apply:

Application Process
Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  1. letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

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