Organization: Bureau of Epidemiology Services in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Posting Date: December 9, 2015
SUMMARY: The Surveys and Data Analysis Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would like to hire a CUNY student under the MOU PIN # 14AD000501R0X00. DOHMH is seeking a consultant to develop a dataset for use within DOHMH and by the public for the New York City Child Health Emotional Wellness & Development Survey (CHEWDS), and for use by the public for the 2009 NYC Child Community Health Survey.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Data have already been collected, and now there is a need to facilitate the analysis of the data. Dataset development will include (1) checking recodes of variables created by others as well as developing new recodes, (2) creating documentation such as questionnaires, codebooks, documentation of recodes, and crosswalks of variables common across years, and (3) creating SAS datasets that include formats, weights, and other elements needed for analysts’ use. The consultant will also analyze the datasets when requests for data are made to DOHMH. The consultant will need to work at DOHMH headquarters at 42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, during 8 AM through 6 PM hours, Monday through Friday.
Goals and deliverables: The student will assist the unit with developing datasets for use within DOHMH and the public about the health of NYC children, and in analyzing those data, as well as providing other analytic support to the Surveys and Data Analysis Unit as needed.
• Deliverable 1
o Due date: December 11 , 2015
o Check recodes that have been made of the CHEWDS and provide feedback on any items that need to change
• Deliverable 2
o Due date: January 8, 2016
o Make products for DOHMH use of the CHEWDS data
o Recode document
o SAS dataset with formats
• Deliverable 3
o Due date: February 5, 2016
o Make products for public use CHEWDS dataset
Implement any needed modifications for the public use dataset
Modify documentation to reflect those changes
• Deliverable 4
o Due date: March 4, 2016
o Make a public use dataset from the 2009 Child Community Health Survey
Make any needed modifications to the dataset available to DOHMH analysts
Create final documentation
• Deliverable 5
o Due date: ongoing from November 16 through June 30
o Analysis of CHEWDS and 2009 Child Community Health Survey data
When data requests are made by agency analysts or analysts ask for checks of their work, complete these requests.
If external requests are made for data analysis, conduct those requests, along with a second analyst through a data-checking process
• Provide other analytic support to the Surveys and Data Analysis Unit, as needed.
• Projected start and end dates
o November 16th 2015 – June 30th 2016
QUALIFICATIONS: Specific skills/training that are preferred for the student:
o Experience working with SAS software
o Experience working with SUDAAN software
o Experience in data management
o Experience in data analysis
• Budget for the project
o The student will work for approximately 26 weeks, 25 hours per week through mid-May and almost 7 additional weeks at 35 hours per week through June 30th, earning $21.70 per hour, which totals at most $26,867.70.
• The Surveys and Data Analysis Unit would like CUNY to prescreen students and send us potential candidates.
How to Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Ms. Chioma Amadi at Chioma.Amadi@sph.cuny.edu
Position: Science Advisor
Organization: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Posting date: December 8, 2015
Location: Long Island City, NY USA
SUMMARY: Serve as a strategic advisor to the Commissioner, providing perspective about various emerging public health issues to inform program and policy decisions of the Agency. The science advisor is expected to be able to contribute to decision-making by quickly synthesizing and accurately summarize data and information by drawing on the literature and soliciting expert opinion, and help advance health equity and social justice approach to the work of the Agency. Duties include but are not limited to:
• Review, analyze and summarize key scientific literature on priorities of the Commissioner, with a particular focus on health equity.
• Participate in decision-making around key Agency data collection and presentation initiatives (including reviewing questions for annual surveys and contributing to discussions on data visualization).
• Collaborate with Agency leaders to develop, review, and evaluate public health policies.
• Review key Agency publications and communications for data clarity and political/policy framing.
• Draft commentary/review letters and articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Work with the Communications team to draft op-eds, blogs, and enhance the Commissioner’s social media presence.
• Work with partners, internal and external, to guide the design and implementation of complex public health projects.
• Contribute to the preparation of the Commissioner’s external speaking engagements (draft lectures, prepare PowerPoint, draft and/or review talking points, etc.).
• Represent the Commissioner in meetings as requested
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and five years of full-time professional satisfactory experience acquired within the last fifteen years, in a health services setting such as a laboratory, hospital, or other patient care facility, or in a public health, environmental health, or mental hygiene program, at least 18 months of which must have been in a managerial capacity, consisting of managerial experience clearly demonstrating the ability to perform difficult and responsible managerial work, requiring independent decision-making concerning program management, planning, allocation of resources, and the scheduling and assignment of work
2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. Education may be substituted for experience on the basis that each 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college in hospital administration, public health, public administration, business administration, management or administration can be substituted for one year of non- managerial experience up to a maximum of 60 semester credits for two years. However, all candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and 18 months of managerial experience as described in “1” above.
ADDITIONAL: Preferred Skills -Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills; exercise sound professional judgment. Possess exceptional motivation, maintain high energy level and work independently. Able to work in a demanding, and fast-paced environment. Able to interpret data, analyze statistics and quickly synthesize and accurately summarize information from a variety of sources. Able to effectively use multiple computer applications. Able to manage multiple high- priority projects under time pressure. Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships; completion of any clinical residency training; internal medicine, family medicine , pediatric residency preferred; some experience in public health , either in federal, state, municipal or international level ; training in public health a plus, but not required. Four years of public health/public policy experience a must, including one year of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 225017.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: please contact Carol Pope, Science Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance Coordinator
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Posting date: December 8, 2015
Location: Concord, NH USA
SUMMARY: Under the direct supervision of the Healthcare- Associated Infections (HAI) program manager, the program specialist analyzes and interprets statewide data, and assists with developing policies, plans, and procedures for use in disease surveillance and prevention activities. Analyzes and interprets complex data sets and plans the implementation of specialized surveillance systems as needed. Utilizes surveillance systems to track the occurrence of healthcare-associated infections in New Hampshire as required by law, and helps implement educational strategies to improve reporting and prevent these events.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related health field. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year required work experience.
Experience: Four years’ professional or paraprofessional experience with data organization, analysis, and report writing in a health-related field with responsibility for program implementation, direct service delivery, planning or program evaluation. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education. License/Certification: Valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation for use in statewide travel.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge in the areas of epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis as well as infection prevention practices, and proficiency in computer applications preferred. Familiarity with National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) preferred. Knowledge and understanding of healthcare epidemiology principles and reporting of healthcare acquired infections. Master’s degree from a recognized university with major study in epidemiology preferred.
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is a responsive, expert leadership organization that promotes optimal health and well being for all people in New Hampshire and protects them from illness and injury. DPHS is responsible to serve the public- individuals, families, communities and organizations – by delivering high quality, evidence-based services. DPHS responds promptly to public health threats, inquiries, and emerging issues. NH DPHS Vision: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/iphnh/documents/visio n.pdf
HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates apply by registering and filling out an electronic form or request an application from Human Resources.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Katrina Hansen, Healthcare-Associated Infections Program Manager at email@example.com
Position: Public Health Epidemiologist
Organization: Toms River, NJ USA
Posting date: December 8, 2015
Location: New Jersey
SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Health Officer or other supervisory official in a local health department, plans, organizes, and implements an epidemiological public health program; provides consultation and advice to health care providers, infection control professionals and others; does other related work.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master of Science with a major concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics, or a Master of Public Health with a major concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics. EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of experience as an epidemiologist in a health-related field.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested Applicants should go to www.ochd.org and click the link titled: “Employment Opportunities” to download application form. Application and supporting documents can be emailed, faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to addresses above. Desired Start Date: Winter 2015.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Victoria Miragliotta, Public Health Epidemiologist at Vmiragliotta@ochd.org
Position: International Data Manager
Organization: DB Consulting Group, Inc.
Posting date: December8, 2015
Location: Atlanta, USA
SUMMARY: DB has a requirement for multiple Data Managers in Support of the Global Initiative to eradicate Polio. The Data Managers will be required to travel to various locations around the world experiencing or recently experiencing polio outbreaks. As needed, this position will provide assistance to Ministries of Health (MOH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and USG Country Offices. Travel may include, but will not be limited to, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Candidates should have extensive experience in public health informatics; analytic programming; cleaning, troubleshooting, management, cataloguing, and recoding of large data sets; development of training materials and training of field staff in these areas. Strong proficiency in analytic software packages (SAS, SPSS, Stata), data entry set-up software (CSPro), MSAccess, and full understanding of EpiInfo, experience conducting data analysis in key aspects of public health.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary Job Functions may include but will not be limited to:
• Perform work involving the collection, compilation, and/or tracking of data and statistical information in support of an organization’s program operation
• Provide data management support for polio eradication epidemiologic studies; produce analytic databases with appropriate documentation; Using SAS or other appropriate statistical software, generate summary tables and other study finding output; and provide advice and consultation on data management and quality to the research team.
• Develop information technology systems for questionnaire data entry programs, including formatting, coding, layout, generation of questionnaire and consistency check files, validation of program efficiency, development of program documentation, producing variable and value labels for all variables in the dataset created by the designated software (using SAS and/or SPSS), and producing data codebooks;
• Conduct training in the use of the designated software, including the use of data entry and edit programs.
• Provide SAS, SPSS, Stata, and Epilnfo support for survey and surveillance data, includes merging ASCII data files, creating supplementary SAS/SPSS datasets, linking data sets, developing complex algorithms for automatic data coding; and programming and running reports of frequencies and tabulations.
• Import/convert data files from Excel, MS Access tables, Microsoft SQL server into SAS Data Sets for cleaning and analysis using Proc Import and SQL ODBC connection
• Perform Data cleaning, merging and formatting of datasets using SAS/Base, SAS/Macros SAS/SQL
• Maintain and update master database
• Produce SAS reports using procedures like PROC REPORT, TABULATE, Data Null, and also provide reports on descriptive statistics using PROC MEANS, PROC SUMMARY, PROC FREQ, and PROC ANOVAResponsibility/Task
• Generate reports, tables, listings and graphs using SAS/Base, SAS/Macros, SAS/GRAPH and SAS/STAT
QUALIFICATIONS: Required Experience and Training • College degree in statistics, IT, public health or related field, MPH or other graduate degree preferred • Have a minimum of three years of public health experience • Have experience working in a developing country • Fluent in English • Planning and facilitation of training related to data management processes • Directly supporting public health surveillance or immunization health information systems • Developing and/or implementing data quality assurance processes or data quality control activities • Strong experience as a Programmer/Analyst in SAS Programming, Data Analysis and Reporting in Health research organizations. • Well versed with Merging SAS Data Sets, Macro Facility, Preparing Analytical Datasets, and producing reports using advanced programming techniques. • Good understanding of the epidemiological surveillance data, HIV data, and experience in handling large volume data. • Proficiency with Microsoft office products, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Access, MS Outlook and File maker databases.
HOW TO APPLY: Please contact Ebony Davis, International Data Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Tuberculosis Technical Expert
Posting date: December 9, 2015
Location: Washington, DC USA
SUMMARY: FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Tuberculosis Technical Expert.
Location: Availability to work in any location in Asia, Africa or the US FHI 360 is recruiting a scientific leader with tuberculosis (TB) technical expertise and programmatic or research experience to join our team. The scientist will serve in a leadership role in areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of TB. A significant proportion of the candidate’s work will be in the context of the USAID’s global technical assistance project, Challenge TB (CTB). S/he will also have an opportunity to provide expertise to other projects within the FHI 360 TB portfolio (programmatic and research) and work on business development efforts and proposal writing.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Candidate assumes increasing responsibility for the overall implementation of the CTB project including working with country-based teams developing annual work plans and budgets, implementation, monitoring, and reporting. S/he coordinates and works closely together with the coalition partners of CTB, the National TB programs, USAID missions, the Global Fund, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders to successfully implement the Challenge TB project in countries where FHI 360 leads (Burma, Cambodia, & Mozambique) and contributes (Indonesia). The Candidate works closely with headquarters –based staff in the United States, including the FHI 360 representative to the Challenge TB Coalition’s leadership team in The Hague. The Candidate provides technical assistance in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood and adult TB to programs in the field while building strong linkages between TB diagnosis & treatment and other clinical services. S/he builds relationships and collaborate with FHI 360 teams, USAID Missions, regional field offices, regional partners (public and private), host country governments and NGOs in the design, integration and implementation of TB programs based upon USAID, WHO, and/or country-specific strategies and objectives Expertise in at least one specialty area of TB, such as community-based DOTS, TB- HIV, childhood TB, Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB (PMDT), new drug introduction, or knowledge of Private- Public Mix (PPM) is highly desired. The Candidate contributes to development of the TB portfolio at FHI 360 by working on and leading proposals, grants and other business development opportunities as they arise. S/he also may contribute to research efforts within the portfolio including operational research, epidemiologic studies, or clinical trials for new therapeutics, vaccines or devices if desired. International travel is required- 15-25%
QUALIFICATIONS: Degree requirements: MD Doctorate Degree or its International Equivalent with Masters and / or PhD (medicine, epidemiology) Typically requires 5-8 years of experience with scientific disciplines developing strategies in research studies and scientific projects. Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff. Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English. Prior work experience in a non- governmental organization (NGO) or in work-related academic, governmental, or industry setting.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time. We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply at https://jobs- fhi360.icims.com/jobs/16387/tuberculosis- technical-expert/job
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Nicholle Colon, Tuberculosis Technical Expert at email@example.com
Position: Food Justice Instructor
Organization: The Children’s Aid Society
Posting date: December 9, 2015
Location: New York
SUMMARY: The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is seeking a dynamic educator for the Go!Healthy Food Justice program, an afterschool program for middle or high school students in Washington Heights, Harlem, the Bronx and northern Staten Island. The Go!Healthy Food Justice program seeks to connect middle and high school students in underserved communities to the knowledge and skills needed to critically examine their food environment, to make healthy, informed decisions about the food they eat, and to advocate for positive change in their neighborhoods. The Food Justice program is part of CAS’s Go! Healthy initiative, a comprehensive obesity prevention and health promotion initiative that engages children from birth through adolescence, as well as parents and staff. For more information about the Go!Healthy initiative, please visit: www.childrensaidsociety.org/nutrition. The Go!Healthy initiative is seeking an educator to implement the Food Justice program at P.S. 50 in East Harlem on Tuesdays and/or Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School in the Bronx on Fridays, for approximately 5 hours per week per site (including planning, set up and clean up). The program includes: interactive class discussions; activities such as field trips to local farms, gardens and markets; a community food assessment; photography, videography and social media; and a final event where students share their work with one another. Our goals are to positively impact students’ food choice, voice and action, which include increasing their awareness of healthy eating and food justice, and empowering them to plan and implement effective Community Food Justice projects.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include:
• Implement Food Justice curriculum with a group of ~10-15 middle school students
• Coordinate field trips to local farms, gardens, farmers markets etc…
• Attend meetings with other food justice educators about once per month
Candidate must have the following qualifications:
• Experienced and dynamic and teacher/community educator
• Ability to engage and connect well with middle and high school students
• Well versed in contemporary food systems and food justice issues
• Cooking and/or gardening experience a plus
• Self- motivated, organized and strong communicator
• Comfortable with cellular photo and video equipment
• Spanish-speaking a plus
• Must be able to start January 2016 and commit through at least June 2016
HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to:
Coordinator, Go!Healthy Food Justice Program, The Children’s Aid Society firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Epidemiology Investigator 3
Organization: Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS
Posting date: December 9, 2015
Location: Columbus, OH USA
SUMMARY: Initiate, design, & conduct epidemiological projects & research pertaining to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), trauma care & the statewide trauma system (e.g. review & analyze issues to be researched; develop appropriate technical objectives; plan timelines & research methodology); Utilize statistical computer software packages (e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS) to apply appropriate statistical analysis & methods (e.g. tabulate & analyze data using standard & complex statistical measures; determine appropriate statistical methods for specific data sets (e.g., calculation of sample size requirements; generation of projections and estimates; logistic and multivariate regression)); Collect, receive & reviews electronic data submitted to the EMS Incident Reporting System (EMSIRS) & Ohio Trauma Registry (OTR) (e.g. retrieve data for research purposes; prepare descriptive data & informational reports for stakeholders); Provide technical advice & guidance on data collection methods & case findings to other employees & outside agencies; Monitor analysis of data to predict increases or decreases in morbidity & mortality; Serve as a resource person & technical advisor in areas of research, evaluation & reply to requests for information from internal &/or external customers; Oversee &/or participate in completion of scientific reports (e.g. evaluation of validity & significance of findings; assist in preparation of reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals &/or inclusion in reports to committees & state or federal agencies; review technical & confidential case reports for accuracy & correctness);Assist supervisor, physicians or other professionals in investigation & analysis of data pertaining to emergency medical services, trauma care & the statewide trauma system in Ohio; Design & implement statistically valid surveys to assess EMS & trauma system issues; Assist in evaluation of levels of success of prevention programs; Participate in other research projects as assigned by supervisor. Assist data managers in EMSIRS & OTR database management; Develop data quality assurance plan in order to maintain the quality, accuracy, integrity & confidentiality of all records; Develop computerized data processing programs to facilitate a database containing timely, complete, & accurate data; Coordinate EMSIRS & OTR advisory committee meetings. Participate in the cleaning, organization, & re-coding of EMSIRS & OTR data as needed to assist in the data linkage process; Work in consultation with other data center staff to develop the matching/linking routines needed to associate all collected information. Represent & promote EMS data systems at public & professional gatherings; Draft &/or prepare reports, presentations & articles (e.g. newsletters, web-pages); Participate in projects to support the effective collection, analysis & dissemination of public health information.
QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of graduate core program in public health or preventive medicine; 3 courses or 9 mos. exp. in use of statistical computer software packages; 6 mos. exp. as epidemiology investigator with local, state or federal health agency; must be able to provide own transportation.
-Or 6 mos. exp. as Epidemiology Investigator 2, 65762; must be able to provide own transportation.
-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
Major Worker Characteristics: Knowledge of biology; physiology; human anatomy; epidemiology; biostatistics; human relations; interviewing; agency policies & procedures pertaining to epidemiological investigations*; electronic data processing (i.e., statistical analysis systems & statistical package for social sciences);computer operations. Personal computer. Ability to select & use proper statistical & research methods in gathering, interpreting & developing data; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; write &/or edit articles for publication; prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences & general public. (*)Developed after employment.
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: The Division of Emergency Medical Services is responsible for the education, certification and investigation of all emergency medical service and fire service providers in the state of Ohio. The division serves as the administrative arm of the State Board of EMS. As such, it is our responsibility and our duty to recognize, research, and recommend resolutions to all problems and situations that could prevent the individuals we certify from providing the best possible pre-hospital and fire prevention service to the citizens and visitors of our state. Within the EMS Division, it is the mission of the Office of Research and Analysis to maintain and refine data collection systems that provide comprehensive data to enable the EMS and trauma care communities to evaluate and improve patient care and enhance system development.
HOW TO APPLY: http://tinyurl.com/ppku5p3 or go to http://careers.ohio.gov/, click on “Search for State of Ohio Government Jobs” then select Department of Public Safety. The position is “Epidemiology Investigator 3” in Emergency Medical Services.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Tim Erskine, Epidemiology Investigator 3 at
Position: Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance Epidemiologist
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Posting date: December 9, 2015
Location: Tallahassee, FL
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health is seeking a full-time surveillance epidemiologist with an emphasis on vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) surveillance for the Surveillance Systems Section. The epidemiologist filling this opening will be a member of an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists and public health professionals collaborating on a variety of high profile public health issues, including communicable disease outbreaks, notifiable disease surveillance systems, and natural disaster surveillance and response. As a member of this team, the epidemiologist will be involved in the production of scientific reports, including those for publication; presenting at regional, state, and national conferences; and will contribute to grant applications.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Position specific responsibilities include: • Coordinate surveillance activities statewide on VPD disease surveillance, including conducting statistical analysis of surveillance data to define and monitor the prevalence and geographic distribution of VPD diseases. • Contribute to regular surveillance reports for a variety of audiences. • Serve as a liaison between the Immunization Section, Surveillance Systems Section, Infectious Disease Prevention and Investigation (IDP&I) Section, and the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories. • Ensure the use of standard guidance for surveillance and investigations, questionnaires, data sharing tools, and methods. • Serve as a point of contact for CDC and county health departments about VPDs part of nationally notifiable disease surveillance (measles, mumps, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome, varicella, pertussis, H. influenzae, meningococcal disease, tetanus, diphtheria, invasive pneumococcal disease [in children], and paralytic and non- paralytic poliovirus infection). • Increase reporting completeness for VPD- specific clinical and epidemiologic variables of reported cases, including severe cases. • Perform quality assurance on VPD case data in the state surveillance system, Merlin. • Coordinate continued projects to improve integration between Merlin and Florida’s immunization registry. • Ensure that required activities relating to meningococcal disease, varicella, and acute flaccid myelitis are conducted and that routine assessment of progress towards outcomes and targets for performance measures are accomplished. • Support improved educational awareness of healthcare providers and other public health partners about disease reporting requirements and the importance of completing the key variables for VPD case- based surveillance and outbreaks. • Disseminate information to reporting sources to notify state/local health departments about the occurrence of VPD outbreaks and prepare materials targeted to key groups such as schools.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong data analysis skill and experience with analysis software such as SAS, EpiInfo, SPSS, Access or other analytical tools; firm understanding of public health surveillance; and surveillance system evaluation methodologies. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of medical information, communicable disease laboratory tests, and disease reporting preferred. Educational background: MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or equivalent degree or an advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public- health field; MD; or DVM), and completed graduate level biostatics courses.
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: This position is in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, State Health Office in Tallahassee, FL. The position is part of the Reports and Analysis Team within the Surveillance Systems Section. The Bureau of Epidemiology leads the Department of Health’s efforts to prevent infectious and chronic diseases through surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, training and information dissemination.
HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter indicating specific interest in this position and CV to Leah Eisenstein (email@example.com).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Leah Eisenstein, Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance Epidemiologist at firstname.lastname@example.org
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