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Immunizations Surveillance Epidemiologist, Florida DPH

Category : Alumni

Position Description:

The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health is seeking a full-time surveillance epidemiologist with an emphasis on immunizations surveillance.

Position specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the design, implementation, management, and analysis of immunizations surveys.
  • Lead integration of the National Immunizations Surveys and Florida SHOTS (Florida’s immunization registry) for state level vaccination coverage assessment.
  • Coordinate surveillance activities statewide on immunizations status surveillance, including conducting statistical analysis of immunizations surveillance data to define and monitor immunizations rates and trends in immunization practices.
  • Coordinate activities related to the grant (ensure all grant deliverables are being met, do quarterly reports).
  • Assist county health departments in the design and evaluation of health initiatives aimed at improving immunizations rates.
  • Work with the Florida SHOTS Business Analyst to respond to data requests from partners and as directed by the Section Administrator.
  • Review existing data sources on immunization status and vaccination exemptions as well as look at trends over time for immunization status indicators and review existing reports on a regular basis. Identify and validate new data sources for immunization status and trends in immunization status.
  • Review policies, guidance documents, and data collection tools to see if we are making the right recommendations and collecting the right data in the right ways.
  • Review current interoperability functionality between Merlin (Florida’s reportable disease surveillance system) and Florida SHOTS to assess what additional updates need to be made. Ensure those updates are entered into the appropriate change management software, prioritized for release, and tested prior to release.
  • Update web content.

Qualifications:

Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will have strong data analysis and data visualization skills and a firm understanding of public health surveillance, syndromic surveillance and surveillance system evaluation methodologies. The candidate should have experience with analysis software such as SAS, SQL, Access and/or other analytical tools (R, SPSS) and experience with GIS. The candidate should have an 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; an MD degree; or a DVM degree), including completion of at least three graduate level epidemiology courses and two graduate level biostatistics courses.

Organization Description:

This position is in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, State Health Office and is based in Tallahassee, Florida. The position works with the Immunization Section and Surveillance Section within the Bureau of Epidemiology. 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.

We do a lot of good work, we are appreciated by the county health departments, we publish the best work we do, we attract grant funds, and we work well together.

Florida Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. 

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit 2 items:

 


Pregnancy Risk Assessment Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Description 

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The selected participant will train with the Multi-State Network of Linked Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data project. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train while developing professional skills in the following: project coordination, public health, epidemiology, complex survey design and analysis, data linkage, multiple data systems in maternal and child health, and attending webinars and seminars, and conferences.

The learning objectives for this appointment include:

  • The participant will develop meeting and project coordination skills.
  • The participate will develop knowledge in epidemiology, public health surveillance data, survey data, and administrative data systems.
  • The participate will learn methods for data linkage and data analysis.
  • The participate will do literature review on maternal and child health topics.

*Anticipated Start Date: August 2020

Qualifications 

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral (preferred) degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Excellent oral presentation skills
  • Strong scientific writing skills
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Experience with administrative data such as hospital discharge, medical claims, electronic health record data
  • Experience with complex survey data analysis,
  • Experience with data linkage

How to Apply 

Click here to read more about the position and apply online! 

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts 
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

Epidemiologist II, Texas HHS

Category : Alumni

Job Description

Works under the limited supervision of the RLHO Analytics and Information Management (AIM) Unit Manager and under guidance by the Syndromic Surveillance Team Lead, serves as the Epidemiologist for the Texas Syndromic Surveillance System (TxS2), a statewide system hosted by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The Epidemiologist II has considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Designs and implements surveillance processes for disease outbreaks and oversees the analysis of syndromic surveillance data for the State. Develops educational materials and operational manuals, and provides training and guidance to epidemiologists in the eight health service regions and local health departments across the State. Provides consultation and coordinates with hospitals and other data submitters regarding data use agreements and data transmission. Provides consultation and coordinates with local health departments for potential disease outbreaks and system functionality. Assists the Team Lead by coordinating with health service regions for input to the Syndromic Surveillance Governance Council. Prepares briefings for the senior and executive level staff. Provides daily briefings to the Syndromic Surveillance Team Lead and the AIM Unit Manager for disease situational awareness.

Desired Skills 

  • Thorough knowledge of principles and methods of epidemiology and the epidemiology of infectious disease.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of state laws pertaining to disease reporting and the prevention and control of communicable disease.
  • Considerable knowledge of current social, economic, and public health issues relevant to public health.
  • Considerable knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory test interpretation.
  • Considerable knowledge of educational program development and implementation.
  • Excellent skills in using word processing, database, spreadsheet, statistical, and graphics software packages (e.g., Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, SAS)
  • Strong skills in public speaking, writing and editing.
  • Skill in mathematical and statistical computations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others by oral and written communications.
  • Ability to plan and direct epidemiological aspects of disease surveillance programs.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and report on epidemiological investigations in syndromic surveillance.
  • Ability to analyze situations and determine course of action.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal/external customers.
  • Ability to work independently, exercising sound judgment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

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Data Analyst, HealthMPowers

Category : Alumni

Description:

The Data Analyst will manage the collection, analysis, reporting and storage of data from a variety of platforms and sources.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist sectors in program evaluation and reporting guided by SNAP-Ed Guidance, SNAP-Ed Framework and state program reports
  • Prepare unduplicated direct nutrition education counts and participating qualifying site location reports for SNAP-Ed monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly SNAP-Ed reports
  • Assist with the development of the SNAP-Ed annual report and EARS report
  • Oversee data cleaning, coupling, analyses and complex survey analysis using appropriate software data resources (e.g. RStudio, SAS, Qualtrics, SPSS, REDCap, DataFax, MAXQDA)
  • Prepare data visualizations as requested
  • Review and ensure accuracy of SNAP-Ed sector reports by external evaluators, provide suggestions for improvement and develop summary reports
  • Manage data to provide information for program decision making and prioritize evaluation and data information needs
  • Interpret data, analyze results and provide ongoing reports to sector leaders.
  • Assist in streamlining data collection tools and processes using technology
  • Develop databases and implement data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality for quantitative and qualitative data collection
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources as needed and maintain databases/data systems.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets.
  • Locate and define new data process improvement opportunities.
  • Provide professional development for HealthMPowers leadership and staff on program evaluation and appropriate data strategies.
  • Maintain resource usage database and provide monthly reports to sector leadership
  • Ensure accurate collection and reporting of site use of program resources.
  • Collect, summarize and file staff program delivery documentation
  • Oversee the implementation of any new data software (e.g. PEARS)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Public Health preferred
  • Experience with statistical packages like SAS, SPSS, RStudio required
  • Advanced MS Excel proficiency
  • Passionate about data and analyzing business needs

Competencies:

  • Ability to synthesize information
  • Ability to analyze data using a variety of sources and databases
  • A commitment to producing high quality and detailed work
  • Ability to learn quickly, work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively
  • Ability to identify challenges and actively work to find solutions
  • Ability to translate data in communication and written reports
  • Ability to work well independently while collaborating with others to meet common goals and evaluation metrics
  • Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity

Apply

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Disaster Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Position Description

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP) of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Health Studies Section within CDC’s NCEH aims to reduce the negative public health consequences of environmental health disasters and emerging hazards by responding to natural and technological disasters, investigating outbreaks with suspected environmental or toxic etiology, and conducting applied epidemiologic studies to characterize health effects of environmental health disasters and emerging hazards. The Health Studies Section also provides technical assistance and expertise to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health agencies, by request, on disaster epidemiology, including the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER); delivers trainings on disaster epidemiology; and develops strategies to prevent or reduce disaster-related morbidity and mortality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of a team of disaster epidemiologists, the selected participant will be involved in the following training opportunities:

  • Contribute to activities within the Disaster Epidemiology Community of Practice (DECoP)
  • Learn to coordinate and manage DECoP quarterly webinars, including collaborating with staff in organizing speakers and providing technical assistance to DECoP membership
  • Learn Microsoft Office SharePoint by building out and increasing the usability of the DECoP online forum SharePoint site
  • Gain experience in communication by participating in the generation of communication materials for DECoP members, including bi-monthly newsletters
  • Gain knowledge about how CDC builds public health capacity for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural and human-induced disasters and emergencies by participating in technical assistance, trainings, response, and/or exercises
  • Learn about data collection, entry, management, analysis, and dissemination for epidemiological assessments (e.g., CASPER) and public health surveillance
  • Collaborate with staff on routine, scheduled, and emergency surveillance responsibilities using poison control center data
  • Improve presentation and oral communication skills by presenting on their research activities at Section meetings at least once per year

Qualifications 

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by August 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills

  • Training or experience in disaster epidemiology or emergency response
  • Familiarity and/or interest in learning about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Ability to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary group of CDC scientists, as well as with state, tribal, local, and territorial public health partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with synthesizing/summarizing information
  • Experience with EpiInfo 7 and SharePoint

How to Apply 

  • A complete application consists of:
    • An application
    • Transcripts 
    • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
    • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.
  • Click here to apply for this position online! 

Scientific Project Coordinator and Data Communications Specialist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Category : Alumni

Position Description

A full-time position in scientific project coordination and data communication (2 years, with possibility of extension) is available in Prof. Joshua Weitz’s group in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This new position will help advance the group’s research efforts to understand how viruses transform human health and the fate of our planet.

The coordinator will lead efforts to manage multiple extramurally funded collaborative projects, coordinate research activities with a network of national and international collaborators, communicate data, models, and software, develop platforms and initiatives to engage with the scientific and broader community, develop and implement strategic plans for fostering team science, and support early career development as part of an interdisciplinary research group.

Desired Skills and Experience 

Preferences for applicants include: (1) PhD/MS degree in biosciences, ecology, evolutionary biology, physics, applied mathematics, computing or related area; (2) Excellent communication skills, including experience writing, proofing, and editing science communication materials, web content, and other related documents; (3) Demonstrated organizational skills, including project management experience. Candidates with graduate degrees in related fields (PhD or MS) preferred, but not required; candidates with B.S. degree and relevant professional work experience in scientific project coordination will also be considered.

Application Information

  • Position available as of August 2020, start date negotiable, includes competitive salary, benefits, and budget for professional development.
  • To apply, please e-mail Joshua Weitz (jsweitz [at] gatech [dot] edu) with a resume, a one page statement of how your professional interests are related to this position, and contact information for 3 references.
  • Screening of applications will begin on June 22, 2020 and continue until position is filled.

 


Statistician, CDC Foundation

Category : Alumni

Description 

The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a Statistician/Data Manager position to conduct statistical analyses, data management, and data linkage activities designed to monitor health outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART). The Statistician/Data Manager will be hired by the CDC Foundation, and assigned to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), Maternal and Infant Health Branch (MIHB), Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance and Research Team located on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The Team oversees the National ART Surveillance System (NASS) and has a mission to promote the health of women and men who receive infertility services, their pregnancies, and their infants by conducting surveillance and research, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships, and moving science to practice. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public’s health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. This is a two-year grant-funded position. Pending availability of continued project funding, there is a possibility for extension.

The Statistician/Data Manager will apply statistical and data science methodologies to build and analyze a unique, large and detailed population-level dataset. The Statistician/Data Manager will have the ability to work with a variety of data sources, including administrative and longitudinal survey data and will clean, manage, link, and analyze these data sources and participate in preparing manuscripts for publication. The Statistician/Data Manager will be expected to conduct data analyses, data management, and data linkage activities, to support expansion of linked datasets as well as explore spatial characteristics of datasets

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform simple and complex statistical procedures such as risk prediction, multivariable logistic regression, linear regression, and survival analysis and repeated-measures methods to evaluate study hypotheses.
  • Serve as a technical expert with respect to all phases of statistical interpretation. Provide technical advice to peers and senior managers within and outside of the organization on statistical methods and techniques.
  • Perform data matching from multiple administrative datasets with strict attention to accuracy.
  • Perform exploratory analysis on expanded datasets.
  • Build and evaluate predictive models, regression analyses, and other models and summarize the results in clearly written reports.
  • Collaborate with investigators on research reports and papers.
  • Document processes to ensure accuracy and outcomes of research.
  • Evaluate inconsistencies and trends in the data and present hypotheses related to the implications in the analysis.
  • Present findings to PI and incorporate the feedback into additional iterations of the report.
  • Provide statistical expertise to researchers.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years of experience relevant to Statistician responsibilities.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success as a team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, prioritize responsibilities and activities, and handle multiple ongoing project activities while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Capable of independent work with the production of high-quality output.
  • Experience applying advanced statistical techniques to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research.
  • Knowledge of public health surveillance systems and analytical software such as SAS or SUDAAN.

Apply 

  • Resumes will be accepted through June 23, 2020.
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Infection Preventionist, Methodist Health System

Category : Alumni

Description 

In this highly visible, fast-paced, and challenging position, you’ll collaborate with multidisciplinary team members to provide the very best care for our patients. The Infection Preventions performs surveillance, education, consultation, data analysis, aggregation and reporting of infection or risk of infection. Identifies and reduces the risk of   infection. Supports the mission, vision, values and strategic goals of Methodist Health System.

Desired Qualifications and Experience 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Microbiology, Biology, Medical Technology or other related science field.
  • Masters Degree in Public Health, Nursing, or other related science field preferred
  • Certification as Infection Preventionist (CBIC)
  • Licensure of educational background: RN-eligible to practice in Texas
  • Computer literacy required (advanced Excel, Access, Microsoft Word).
  • Work Experience: 2 years’ experience participating in a hospital based infection prevention & control program consisting of surveillance, education of staff, data analysis and aggregation consistent epidemiological practices
  •  Knowledge and practice of performance improvement processes
  •  Knowledge of state, national and other regulatory bodies’ standards 
  • Proficiency in data base management
  •  Strong biostatistical knowledge and application of appropriate statistical methods and analysis

Responsibilities 

  • Communicate clearly and openly
  • Build relationships to promote a collaborative environment
  • Be accountable for your performance
  • Always look for ways to improve the patient experience
  • Take initiative for your professional growth
  • Be engaged and eager to build a winning team

Apply 

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Health Scientist, CDC Foundation

Category : Alumni

Description 

The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a Health Scientist position to establish partnerships with academic institutions and serve as a point of contact for researchers studying health outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART). This position is a full-time, senior-level position. The Health Scientist will be hired by the CDC Foundation, and assigned to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), Maternal and Infant Health Branch (MIHB), Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance and Research Team located on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The Team oversees the National ART Surveillance System (NASS) and has a mission to promote the health of women and men who receive infertility services, their pregnancies, and their infants by conducting surveillance and research, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships, and moving science to practice. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public’s health.

This is a two-year grant-funded position. Pending availability of continued project funding, there is a possibility for extension.
The Health Scientist will lead epidemiologic and scientific activities for the project. The Health Scientist will provide direction and take the lead on formulating research questions, identifying gaps in the literature, creating and updating the research agenda, coordinating the research submission process, assisting with data analyses and drafting the manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The Health Scientist will also provide expert technical assistance to collaborating institutions and researchers.

Duties 

  • Establish partnerships and serve as a point of contact for researchers, institutions and research review committee.
  • Develop and oversee research submission process and maintain Research Portal online.
  • Provide scientifically rigorous deliverables that best help researchers meet their objectives.
  • Provide scientific and epidemiologic support for researchers using National ART Surveillance System data.
  • Provide administrative support by maintaining confidentiality forms for researchers, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) documents, Data Use Agreements.
  • Draft and review scientific abstracts, manuscripts, reports, presentations.
  • Disseminate research findings through publications and presentations.
  • Collaborate with internal and external scientists and researchers on translating science to practice.
  • Assist researchers with CDC scientific clearance process.
  • Assist the project statistician with analyzing data and drafting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Respond to public and media inquiries as needed.

Qualifications 

  • Doctorate degree in public health or a health-related discipline with a minimum of three years of relevant post-doctorate experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of independent research and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to propose, articulate, evaluate and defend scientific ideas and data.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, prioritize responsibilities and activities, and handle multiple ongoing project activities while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Capable of independent work with the production of high-quality output.

Apply 

  • Resumes will be accepted through June 23, 2020.
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Health Sciences Research Data Analyst, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni

Description 

Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring up to two full-time Research Data Programmer/Analyst positions to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations using large, complex health data to address Veteran health issues.

The Research Data Programmer/Analyst will support several large, national, epidemiologic research studies as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated projects. This position will work closely with the Center’s Senior Data Manager, Biostatisticians, and scientific and administrative personnel in the conduct of observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental/occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, specific medical conditions, and genetics/genomics. Some of the current research projects at the ERIC include pulmonary health, cardiovascular disease, mental health, back pain, dysvascular amputations, and COVID-19 associated outcomes.

Primary responsibilities  include identifying appropriate data elements from VA data sources, extracting and cleaning the data, and creating analytic data sets to be used to answer specific research and operational questions. Additional responsibilities may include mentoring staff, consulting with investigators about available VA data resources, and keeping abreast of new technologies needed to support the CSP’s future scientific and data needs.

Key Duties 

  • Collaborate with investigators and staff to identify key data elements from national and local VA data sources and create analytic files for staff epidemiologists and biostatisticians
  • Create data specifications, design complex data extract systems, and write supporting documentation
  • Design, create, and load relational databases, tables, and files to meet the needs of study staff and support ongoing national projects
  • Curate large genomic datasets and extract study data from these as required
  • Manage, administer, and ensure data quality, security, and maintenance of data files and database systems from current and past epidemiologic studies
  • Validate study data from field sites and troubleshoot any issues uncovered by staff
  • Respond quickly and accurately to urgent data requests from Investigators  

Qualifications 

  • Master’s-level degree in a scientific field
  • Professional experience working with relational databases
  • Experience with healthcare data
  • Proficiency in SQL and/or R
  • Excellent data management, programming and communication skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Three or more years of health data analysis and/or programming experience desired
  • Familiarity with VA data systems, files, and data security and working knowledge of Visual Basic Studio, Python, and/or C# preferred

Apply 

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by June 18th, 2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.