Epidemiologist 2 – Hepatitis B Surveillance (Project) - Washington State Department of Health

LOCATION: Shoreline, WA (United States)

CLOSING DATE: January 24, 2019

OPPORTUNITY TYPE: Job

JOB #: 13509

POSTED: January 9, 2019

Description:

The Opportunity
 
Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington State. The Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology (OCDE) is responsible for statewide surveillance and investigation of more than 60 of Washington State’s approximately 80 notifiable conditions, including planning and response for public health emergencies involving communicable diseases.
 
The Hepatitis B Surveillance Epidemiologist contributes to this mission by conducting Hepatitis B surveillance and program monitoring and evaluation activities within the office. This position also conducts epidemiology activities to address the routine collection, analysis, and dissemination of communicable disease information, to track and identify disease trends by assessing and enhancing communicable disease surveillance; and by conducting disease investigations and education for preventing, detecting and controlling communicable diseases, with a focus on acute, chronic and perinatal Hepatitis B.
 
In this position, you will have the opportunity to compile, maintain and analyze HBV data and reports. You will also support public health emergency preparedness and response activities within the agency. Your work will help to ensure that everyone in Washington is protected from communicable diseases and other health threats.
 
The Hepatitis B Surveillance Project and this position are currently funded through April 30, 2021.
 
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. To learn more about the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic (Download PDF reader), and see what it’s like to Work@Health!
 
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.  (Depending upon job duties.)
  •  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 upon job duties and work location.)
 

 

What will you be doing? – Duties include:
  • Conduct acute, chronic and perinatal Hepatitis B virus surveillance.
  • Compile, maintain and analyze hepatitis B virus (HBV) surveillance data and reports.
  • Propose HBV epidemiologic investigations and conduct complex analyses of HBV surveillance data, including creating and maintaining linkages with other DOH data sources to improve the understanding of HBV epidemiology in Washington State.
  • Serve as the HBV subject matter expert for HBV-related Washington Disease Reporting System (WDRS) work.
  • Drafts, reviews and edits HBV epidemiology-related statewide surveillance reports, technical publications, presentations, and other informational materials
  • Propose and initiate a protocol to improve perinatal hepatitis B surveillance data and linkage to Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program activities in collaboration with Senior Epidemiologist for Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
  • Improve intra-agency and inter-agency collaboration on HBV by building relationships with key partners.
  • Identify and respond to hepatitis B investigations and outbreak response in collaboration with partners.
  

Skills/Eligibility:

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
 

  • A Master’s degree in epidemiology.

 
OR
 

  • Master’s degree in public health, which includes 12 graduate quarter hours or equivalent (500 level or above) in epidemiology, and 12 graduate quarter hours or equivalent in biostatistics.

 
AND
 

  • Two years of experience working in a public health agency or similar setting.

 
Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Strong data analysis and statistical software skills (SAS, Stata or R).
  • Experience working with hepatitis B surveillance data.
  • Experience working in communicable disease epidemiology.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.

 
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:

 

  • Work at a desk/workstation, in an open office environment with surrounding conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and 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. 

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