Epidemiologist I

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
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    Job Description

    Epidemiologist I
    Under the direction and supervision of the HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Group manager, conducts activities related to data analysis and interpretation for the data to care program. This position will provide technical expertise and data management in the use of HIV surveillance and laboratory data for the data to care program. This position will be responsible for maintaining and updating standardized algorithms and systems for using HIV Surveillance data and laboratory data for routine monitoring of receipt of medical care and as trigger points for initiating public health follow-up, disease intervention and linkage to care activities. This position will also work with local sites to analyze their local data and provide them with technical assistance in data management and analysis. This position will be assisting with evaluation of this project in conjunction with the program management staff, including contribution to articles, reports, and protocols for program review.

    Essential Job Functions:
    (30%) Analyzes and interprets HIV surveillance and laboratory data relevant to the data to care program. Responsible for maintaining and updating analysis procedures and protocols for data manipulation and quality assurance. Utilizes appropriate epidemiologic and statistical methods in data analysis using SAS, eHARS, ARIES, THISIS, and various other database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications. Will be responsible for becoming an expert in data around enhanced partner services including but not limited to CD4 and viral load data.

    (30%) Assists in program integration activities. This includes assisting with eHARS linkage projects for the TB/HIV/STD Section, including but not limited to linkages with ARIES, THMP, MMP, THISIS, Accurint, and routine and expanded testing data. This also includes working with other unit epidemiologists in identifying areas that need cleaning or follow-up as the result of a linkage project.

    (20%) Works with other central office and local staff to ensure accurate data management and reporting. Reviews chart and survey data from other relevant data systems to improve data completeness and quality. Works with staff on data collection issues and provides solutions to enhancing data collection. Provides routine feedback and reports to the local sites on data entry.

    (15%) Designs, oversees and participates in the production of summary data for epidemiologic and statistical updates, conducts analysis for the evaluation of the data to care project, writes reports for program review, participates in responding to inquiries from funders, legislatures and other stakeholders, and participates in writing articles and preparing presentations of data and findings.

    (5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of the concepts of public health practice.
    Knowledge of the principles of evaluation of surveillance, prevention, or health-related services programs and activities.
    Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology.
    Knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes affecting HIV surveillance and prevention activities.
    Knowledge of preventive health services and current social and economic problems, community inter-relationships and risk behavior associated with the transmission of HIV and STDs.
    Knowledge of infectious diseases, specifically HIV/STDs.
    Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for databases.
    Knowledge of the principles of descriptive and analytical statistics
    Knowledge of scientific and technical writing.
    Skill in organization of program and disease reporting data.
    Skill in analysis and using Excel, Microsoft Access, and SAS statistical software for data management and analysis.
    Ability to participate in group decision-making concerning research design, methods, and protocol.
    Ability to learn all relevant HIV data systems.
    Ability to interpret statistical analyses of epidemiologic and research data.
    Advanced written communication and presentation skills.
    Ability to train others regarding quality data collection and data entry.
    Ability to interpret surveillance guidance and research protocols.
    Ability to work with local and state health agency personnel and allied groups.
    Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze data.
    Ability to devise solutions to problems and to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    1. Master's degree in Public Health or related field. Four years' experience in public health, disease epidemiology or program evaluation could substitute for substitute for education. 2. Two years' experience in public health, disease epidemiology, or program evaluation preferred.

    Additional Information:
    Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
    All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

    MOS Code:
    68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX

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    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 552783484Posted: 2020-05-21