The Epidemiologist I is responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems within the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS), Bureau of Disease and Laboratory Sciences(BIDLS). The Bureau is seeking qualified candidates interested in public health and infectious disease response. Candidates with subject matter expertise in infectious disease surveillance and informatics are preferred. Strong analytical skills and experience with SAS and other analytic tools are also beneficial for this role. Candidates must maintain sensitivity to handling confidential health information and strong attention to detail.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Responsible for establishing and maintaining surveillance systems.
Participate in the development and implementation of the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), the Bureau’s web-based disease surveillance and case management system, and other health information exchange initiatives for the BIDLS
Serve as one of the epidemiologist liaisons between ISIS and other program areas within the Bureau in support of reportable infectious disease surveillance and informatics activities.
Support development of appropriate programmatic business requirements and conduct technical and content validation of data streams, particularly those derived from electronic case and laboratory systems.
Maintain appropriate technical and user documentation in systems development, the development of project procedure manuals and written reports, including annual and interim reports.
Provide analysis of infectious disease surveillance data.
Assist with development and interpretation of data standards, survey instruments, data collection methods and processes.
Develop and implement quality assurance controls and protocols with regard to the collection and monitoring of infectious disease data; develop standards to validate data.
Provide technical assistance in the development of analytic protocols for surveillance data.
Prepare statistical, technical and educational reports for private and public sectors.
Establish and monitor baseline levels of morbidity and mortality; conduct appropriate follow up measures and public health response.
Implement infectious disease control measures and assist with the development of policies and procedures for new and existing control programs; assist in outbreak investigations.
Advise professional and public constituents via telephone and lecture the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with infectious diseases; educate professional and public audiences about surveillance, reporting and control of infectious diseases.
Oversee issues of confidentiality and interpret the Massachusetts General Laws and Regulations regarding infectious disease reporting; establish appropriate guidelines as such.
Keep informed of current trends in the epidemiology of infectious diseases by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
Prepare and deliver educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of disease surveillance.
May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24-hours/7 days per week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.
Perform other duties as required.
The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.
We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.
DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements
Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least one (1) year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
II. A Master’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology,, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*
- Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.