Epidemiologist I

Texas Health & Human Services Commission San Antonio, TX
Under the supervision of the Epidemiology Manager, plans, develops and conducts epidemiologic investigations of individual cases and clusters of infectious disease. Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data in Region 8 to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious disease. Enters epidemiologic data into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)-Based System (NBS). Prepares reports and disseminates findings. Consults with local health departments and health care providers regarding disease reporting and surveillance, reporting laws, and prevention and control measures. Assists in the improvement and facilitation of regional surveillance systems through assessment, formulation of plans, and coordination of regional strategies. Assists in the development, implementation and presentation of training programs targeted at improving reporting and surveillance systems at the regional and local level. Participates in the exercise of regional plans related to the all-hazards preparedness for and response to bioterrorism events, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

(40 %) EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SURVEILLANCE: Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious diseases. Conducts epidemiologic investigations. Abstracts and reviews medical charts. Receives and responds to disease reports. Uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to track cases and to generate maps. Works with the Epidemiology Manager to develop procedures for handling and investigating conditions on the Notifiable Conditions List. Provides epidemiology support to Region 8 programs.(20 %) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with a wide variety of epidemiology and surveillance partners including, but not limited to: local health departments, infection preventionists, physicians, laboratories, school nurses and others involved in public or private healthcare. Provides accurate, timely and relevant information to partners and the general public when requested while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality. Works to identify and promote awareness and understanding of current issues of concern and trends related to communicable and other diseases among partners. (20 %) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: Participates as a member of the Epidemiology Response Team (ERT) and may respond to an all-hazards event, large disease outbreak, or public health emergency in Region 8 or elsewhere in Texas. Participates in regional all-hazards response planning and the implementation of preparedness and response activities and exercises. Develops regional epidemiology workplans, progress reports, and assessments. Reviews local health department epidemiology workplans. Supports other regional programs by assisting in the investigation, analysis, and general response to issues of concern, primarily issues related to communicable diseases. Serves as the epidemiologist-on-call in rotation with other staff, responding to callers on the Region 8 24/7 response telephone line. (10 %) TRAINING AND EDUCATION: Develops and delivers training programs or presentations targeting the improvement of reporting and surveillance of notifiable conditions. Supports programmatic efforts to improve reporting and awareness through the preparation of articles and reports. Promotes preventative measures through community education of residents, city and county officials, and other partners. (10 %) OTHER DUTIES: 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. Safe operation of a state-owned, rental or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS policy. Must comply with the DSHS immunization policy. Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of principles and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and the epidemiology of infectious disease.Knowledge of state laws pertaining to disease reporting and the prevention and control of communicable disease.Knowledge of current social, economic and public health issues relevant to Public Health Region 8.Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory tests.Knowledge of educational program development and implementation.Skill in word processing, database development and management, spreadsheet software, and graphics design software.Skill in using Geographic Information Systems software and statistical software packages.Skill in public speaking.Skill in writing and editing.Skill in mathematical and statistical computations.Ability to conduct investigations.Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.Ability to plan, develop and oversee disease surveillance programs.Ability to analyze situations and determine courses of action.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.Ability to work independently, exercising sound judgment.Ability to follow oral and written instructions.Ability to travel. Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Must possess a valid Class C Texas driver's license, or equivalent license from another state.Initial Selection Criteria:

A undergraduate or master's degree in Public Health, biological sciences, or related field. Experience can be substituted for education requirements.Preferred: Experience investigating communicable diseases in a public health setting. Additional Information:

Requisition # 383659Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. 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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