Data Analyst – Enteric And Respiratory Illnesses - MPHI


CLOSING DATE: August 28, 2020


JOB #: 16154

POSTED: July 28, 2020


Purpose:  The mission of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health, MDHHS, is to promote and protect the health, wellness, and safety of all Michigan residents. Support is needed to assist local and state public health investigators in the response to infectious disease outbreaks, e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic that Michigan has been experiencing since early 2020. This position will work alongside central MDHHS subject matter experts, existing local health department staff and emergency preparedness staff to support surveillance, reporting and other outbreak response activities.


Duties and Responsibilities:



Monitor statewide surveillance and laboratory systems daily for outbreak cases and for trends in disease activity
Support coordinated surveillance with the local health departments, state subject matter experts, and other partners to ensure appropriate and timely follow-up of collection and transmission of case data and specimens
Support and maintain COVID-19 sentinel surveillance network in collaboration with influenza and other respiratory virus surveillance subject matter experts
Assist with conducting interviews with case patients as needed
Liaise with other federal, state, and local partners on disease activity
Provide subject matter expertise in the form of information and analytics and support to local health departments providers and clinical laboratories as needed
Conduct data analyses for routine (daily/weekly) reports and other data requests
Participate in state-level preparedness and emergency response activities to respond to any public health emergency; contribute to the updating of emergency operations and all hazards plans
Provide assistance and support as needed for activities and projects within the Surveillance and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section and Communicable Disease Division
Report/update on a regular basis to Supervisor
Maintain a positive, credible, professional relationship with all parties relevant to projects, and represent the best interest of MPHI and MDHHS at all times


Prepare outbreak data summaries as requested
Provide outbreak analyses updates for national and statewide teleconference calls, meetings, and conferences
Communicate with clinical laboratories on a regular basis to ensure that reportable disease cases have been reported to public health and that clinical specimens have been sent to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories
Liaise with public health, emergency response and community and partners as point person for disease-related issues in the community


Qualifications / Requirements:


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Science, Public Health and/or Statistics (minimum). Preferred candidate will possess a master’s degree with a major in epidemiology or in public health with a minimum of 12 combined graduate level term hours or 8 semester hours in epidemiology and biostatistics.


Experience: Minimum of one year working in public health or infectious disease.


Important Skills and Characteristics:

Knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, such as Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and is familiar with email/internet browser software.
Works well in team situations, is self-motivated, meets deadlines, and handles multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to present scientific and technical information to audiences.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Standard office environment.  Successful candidate is expected to observe the MDHHS dress attire and grooming policy. Valid motor vehicle operator’s license may be required to perform duties of the position. Occasional site visits will be required. Remote work (home office) may be required due to social distancing policies.

About MPHI

The Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation created by the state of Michigan in 1990.  MPHI is a full-service research, development, and educational organization and has a unique blend of public and private sector resources working together toward a common goal; to improve the health of Michigan’s citizens.  The Institute has four founding partners; Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the Michigan Department of Community Health.  It is governed by a board of directors, representing government, the partner universities, foundations, and others.

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