Health Data Communications Specialist, Bureau of Epidemiology Services


Full-time$40 - $50 an hour
The New York City Health Department works every day to protect and promote the health of 8 million diverse New Yorkers. This includes making health equity and racial justice a priority in order to address enduring gaps in health between white New Yorkers and communities of color. To support this mission, the Bureau of Epidemiology Services creates, analyzes, and shares data and epidemiologic methods. The Data Communications Unit is responsible for disseminating data to the community in a variety of ways, including via an online interactive data tool (EpiQuery), agency publications (Epi Data Briefs, Vital Signs, Community Health Profiles, etc.), and special reports (for example, Health of Latinos in NYC). These data and publications are used by a wide audience that includes city officials, policy-makers and advocates, community-based organizations, researchers, hospitals, and other groups and individuals with an interest in public health. We seek an energetic, creative, experienced public health professional with strong statistical analysis, data analysis and communications skills to contribute as an author and analyst as well as edit and review research publications . We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice to apply.

  • Apply epidemiologic expertise to assess and improve research publications, reviewing and editing for clarity, accuracy, consistency, and quality of the data presentation.
  • Analyze data on the health of New Yorkers to contribute to one to two data publications per year.
  • Manage a portfolio of Epi Data Brief and Vital Signs research publications, working closely with authors to develop and track progress.
  • Perform desk-top design of research publications using Word and Excel.
  • Create graphical, geographical, and tabular representations of research, assuring that data are accurately represented and applying best practices for visualizing data.
  • Assist with quality assurance review of online data tools and other data releases to ensure data are accurately presented.
  • Maintain and update tracking database.
  • Attend relevant meetings and be an active participant of the Unit and Bureau.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
Preferred Skills
Have excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience with publishing and presenting health data and research
Have a background in epidemiology and analysis of public health data
Have a positive, constructive approach to providing feedback to authors
Be organized
Be able to think creatively about how to present public health data and research
Be comfortable managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
Have experience working with diverse groups.
Have proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Pro, and statistical analysis software (SAS, R); Experience with ArcGIS or other mapping software a plus
Have experience with document design and layout
Have a demonstrated commitment to health equity.

Additional Information

Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
  • Current Resume
  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)
Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 394843.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.