Epidemiologist II

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Position Description: 

PHI and OPHI are organizing teams of community contact tracing staff across Washington County, Oregon as a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.

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 single classification and not part of a series. The Epidemiologist is an advanced- level professional classification. Positions in this class perform duties of considerable complexity, with the exercise of professional judgment regularly applied to complex and sensitive public health issues. The Epidemiologist works under the direction of a Research and Evaluation Supervisor. The incumbent in this classification will exercise coordination, leadership, and will supervise the Data Analysts.

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.

Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
Required Qualifications and Experience: 

Minimum Qualifications

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).

Perform statistical analysis in Stata

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.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to residents of Washington County, Oregon.

Required Education and / or Certifications: 

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).

P.O. Box 13436
Portland, OR 97213
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
To Be Determined