Epidemiologist - Clark County Public Health

LOCATION: Vancouver, WA

CLOSING DATE: January 31, 2019


JOB #: 13337

POSTED: November 29, 2018


Job Summary:

This is a professional position in the Infectious Disease Program of the Public Health Department, responsible for carrying out a broad and complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of notifiable conditions and communicable diseases. The Epidemiologist works independently, as an experienced team or project member and with community partners in providing epidemiologic expertise for specific programs or more complex individual epidemiologic analyses. The work includes: developing and designing methods of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data for both routine surveillance and special short term purposes; conducting disease investigations and case follow-up; and must participate in the 24/7 Communicable Disease On-Call rotation. The Epidemiologist is also responsible for coordinating epidemiological investigations and proposing and/or initiating corrective action based on findings. This position routinely analyzes and interprets both qualitative and quantitative data and writes reports and presents data for a variety of audiences.

This position is represented by Local 335- Laborers’ International Union of North America Health Care Division 




Education and Experience: Masters degree from an accredited school of Public Health, plus evidence of completion of a series of coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, research methodology, behavioral science, environmental science, and health services administration. 

Three years of experience in applied epidemiology and research in a public health environment is required.  Incumbents must have conducted epidemiologic investigations or scientific and social research in a public health area of concern.


Incumbents must have knowledge and demonstrated competence in the practice of epidemiology in a public health setting, and working knowledge of the principles of scientific inquiry and with the statistical measures used in the practice of epidemiology.


Position incumbents are required to hold a valid driver’s license and have the ability to work flexible hours, which may extend into evening and weekend time.  Maintenance of WA State RN licensure may be required for some positions in this classification.

All combinations of education, experience and training that demonstrate the ability to perform the work will be considered.


Knowledge of:  Federal and state infectious disease reporting requirements; knowledge of and comfort with research methodology and sampling frames; knowledge of epidemiologic study design including prevalence surveys, case control and cohort studies, and population sampling techniques.  Knowledge of general principles of toxicology, microbiology, genetics, and biology; knowledge of and comfort with advanced statistical measurement (linear, multiple, and logistic regression; factor analysis and discriminant function analysis; confidence intervals).


Skill in:  Verbal and written presentation (publications); different methodologies for data collections (quantitative and qualitative); data collection instrument development; analytic techniques to evaluate potential and relative risk; software products: word processing, graphics design, spreadsheets, data bases, and statistical packages.


Ability to:  Maintain confidentiality and adhere to the highest of ethical and moral standards in the conduction of a scientific inquiry process; work effectively with people of differing perspectives and disciplines in and out of the department; work autonomously with little or no direct supervision in the development and implementation of a project.  Ability to demonstrate use of good judgment and the knowledge of when to seek additional help; ability to confer with community professionals about issues of public health significance. 


Examples of Duties:

Other Necessary Qualifications:

  • Must be able to respond to public health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled vacation or other leave.  In addition, leaves may be cancelled under public health emergencies.
  • Must protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal law.
  • Must adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines, including but not limited to timely completion of mandatory trainings.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation.
  • Participate in the 24/7 Communicable Disease on-call rotation. Must be physically located within 45 minutes from CCPH when serving as the 24/7 o

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