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Epidemiologist II

Posting Number: #1155

Position Title: Epidemiologist II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote position in Washington County, Oregon

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

Tracing Health was launched in response to the public health emergency pandemic of COVID-19. Our services include contact tracing and scientific support to counties and local health departments. Our highly-trained employees counsel contacts and connect them to community resources for the successful implementation of quarantine.

The Epidemiologist conducts investigations used in the prevention and control of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions and in the planning of health programs.

This is a time-limited position that is funded through June 2022. This is a remote position in Washington County, Oregon.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Duties and competencies for this position follow the Tier 2 (Mid-Level epidemiologist) Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in governmental public health agencies (CAEs) created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
  • Conduct epidemiologic investigations.
  • Plans and conducts epidemiologic studies and urgent outbreak investigations to address important and practical public health problems and to plan programs.
  • Identifies and evaluates a wide range of health conditions within an assigned program area to recognize public health problems pertinent to the population and to determine feasibility and approach to epidemiologic investigation.
  • Collaborates with scientists in the survey or investigation design process, including conducting a search or review of existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments.
  • Designs, manipulates, and uses databases for analysis of health problems to assess the potential public health impact.
  • Conducts epidemiologic outbreak investigations; performs review of facilities and procedures; interviews patients, healthcare providers, and others involved; and collects data from local agencies or other health entities.
  • Uses known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic investigation data, adapts, or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs.
  • Uses surveillance systems to collect disease or health outcome data.
  • Generates descriptive analyses of surveillance data for a variety of audiences.
  • Participation in surveillance activities.
  • Participates in the design, management, and use of surveillance systems for diseases of public health importance.
  • Identifies program surveillance data needs, designs instruments for the collection of surveillance information and data, and implements new, or revises existing surveillance systems.
  • Conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses (e.g., simple regression, stratified analyses to control for confounding, adjusted odds ratios, and relative risks) of surveillance data for multiple audiences.
  • Reports key findings and performs evaluations of the surveillance system.
  • Provides scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation expertise. This requires the application of program and epidemiologic expertise to complex public health issues, with an understanding of the appropriate cultural/social/political framework, as well as the ethical/legal issues related to epidemiologic data collection, dissemination, and use.
  • Consults on technical problems where solutions may not conform to established protocols and may require the modification of approaches or applications in a specialty area.
  • Provides epidemiologic advice and assistance in the resolution of technical issues that include significant barriers to program or project delivery.
  • Development and dissemination of data and epidemiologic findings.
  • Designs and prepares reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information.
  • Participates on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise.
  • Per Public Health Emergency Response Annex Q and PH Policy Gen308, trains for and responds to emergencies in assigned duty areas to support public and environmental health emergency functions including but not limited to: conducting identification of at-risk populations, advising health officials regarding the event and potential associated health risks, data analysis, risk monitoring, and evaluation of relief efforts.

Qualifications

Ability to:

  • Perform statistical analysis in SAS
  • Perform epidemiologic assessment and analysis:
  • Identify public health problems pertinent to the population; Conduct surveillance activities;
  • Investigate acute and chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the population;
  • Apply principles of efficacious ethical/legal practice as they relate to study design and data collection, dissemination, and use;
  • Manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources; Analyze data from an epidemiologic investigation or study; Summarize results of the analysis and draw conclusions;
  • Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings; and
  • Apply basic public health sciences to public health practice:
  • Use current knowledge of causes of disease to guide epidemiologic practice; Use laboratory resources to support epidemiologic activities; and
  • Apply principles of informatics, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in support of epidemiologic practice.
  • Use effective communication strategies:
  • Prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to professional audiences, policy makers, and the general public; Demonstrate the basic principles of risk communication;
  • Incorporate interpersonal skills in communication with agency personnel, colleagues, and the public; and
  • Use effective communication technologies.
  • Provide epidemiologic input into epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning processes at the state, local, or tribal level; and
  • Participate in development of community partnerships to support epidemiologic investigations.
  • Work in a culturally competent manner:
  • Describe population by race; ethnicity; culture; societal, educational, and professional backgrounds; age; gender; religion; disability; and sexual orientation;
  • Establish relationships with groups of special concern (e.g., disadvantaged or minority groups, groups subject to health disparities, historically underrepresented groups, etc.);
  • Use knowledge of specific sociocultural factors in the population to interpret findings; and
  • Recommend public health actions that would be relevant to the affected community.
  • Use skills that foster collaboration, strong partnerships, and team building to accomplish epidemiology program objectives.
  • Develop and support leadership and systems thinking.

Education

  • A Master’s Degree with a focus in epidemiology and at least two (2) years of work experience in epidemiology with a public health agency; OR
  • A doctoral-level degree in epidemiology; OR
  • Other non-epidemiology graduate degree or certification (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with specific epidemiology training (e.g., MPH degree, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service or CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship).

ADDITIONAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS:

  • The offer of a position is conditional upon an applicant’s successful completion of a background check.

PHI WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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ADA Statement:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at Recruitment@phi.org.

 

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