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Epidemiologist

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Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the surveillance, investigation, and evaluation of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries or conditions, and assists in the planning and implementation of epidemiological programs to prevent and control diseases, injuries, or conditions.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Participates in research activities, special investigations and descriptive and analytic studies relating to specific diseases; interprets results and adapts to epidemiology programs and related programs.
  • Prepares technical reports and scientific articles and participates in grant writing activities.
  • Designs and implements epidemiological studies and surveillance systems.
  • Determines and utilizes appropriate statistical methods to evaluate and interpret data.
  • Interacts with the media and conveys information to the public.
  • Provides consultation to health care professionals, community organizations, and others on specific disease, injury, or conditions.
  • Lectures for various organizations on diseases, injuries, or conditions; prepares educational materials for public distribution.
  • Interprets data to determine risks from exposure to chemicals or biological agents.

Level Descriptors

The Epidemiologist job family has four levels which are distinguished by the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for the leadership of others.

Level I Code: X27A Salary Band: J

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities at the entry level of professional work.  This includes performing data collection; analyzing data using basic epidemiological methods; participating in workgroups; and effectively communicating both orally and in writing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of epidemiology methods, human biology, laboratory methods, environmental analyses interpretation, parasitology, toxicology, immunology and pathology; of medical terminology; of statistical analysis, biometry, and demography; of epidemiological or statistical software; of social and economic conditions; and of current epidemiological developments and techniques.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to meet with the public and conduct public information programs; to write technical and non-technical information material; and to use a personal computer and applicable software.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in public health, biological, medical, or health science which includes 6 semester hours in epidemiological methods and 6 semester hours of other epidemiological coursework and 9 semester hours in statistical methods and analysis.

Level II Code: X27B Salary Band: L

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing a more advanced and complex level of professional work.  This may include coordinating surveillance activities, special investigations, descriptive and analytical studies or research projects; preparing technical reports and scientific articles; participating in grant writing; preparing educational materials for public distribution; coordinating workgroups to update data collection tools; and mentoring lower level epidemiological staff and providing training opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of environmental toxicology, intervention strategies, diagnostic laboratory methods, and medical microbiology.  Ability is required to manipulate large databases.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in Epidemiology and one year of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological research, investigation, and analysis or a doctorate in epidemiology.

Level III Code: X27C Salary Band: N

This is the specialist level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing advanced and/or specialized professional work which may include extensive research in a specific field such as enteric diseases, cancer, chronic and infectious diseases, trend analysis, injury clusters, and geographic/population/culture demographic; and development of quality assurance methods for data collection and analysis.  Designs and implements epidemiological studies, surveillance systems, or evaluations; coordinates grant writing and prepares grant-related reports; participates in interagency committees or task forces.  May supervise, plan, or distribute work to others.  This may include mentoring of Level I and II positions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of grant writing, and quality assurance methods for data collection and analysis.  Ability is required to develop and implement intervention and prevention strategies as identified through data analysis.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II and three years of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis; or a doctorate in epidemiology and one year of qualifying experience.

Level IV Code: X27D Salary Band: P

At this level employees are assigned responsibilities for assisting in the direction of comprehensive statewide epidemiology programs, disease surveillance and investigation systems, and the coordination of program activities with other public health programs of the state.  In this role they will assist in budgeting and planning for future program direction; set standards within state and federal guidelines; direct studies of program needs; review and analyze information from studies and projects for immediate and long-range program development; direct staff training programs; make recommendations concerning legislation; and supervise epidemiological personnel.  This includes developing and directing statewide epidemiological services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of state and federal law and regulation relating to the administration of public health programs; and the principles of management and evaluation of public health.  Ability to assess, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the activities of multiple work units; and to supervise, organize, and instruct staff.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III and five years of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis; or a doctorate in epidemiology and two years of qualifying experience.

Selective Qualifications

Some positions may require specific education and experience and no substitution will be allowed.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.

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