Public Health Epidemiologist

  • Full-Time Job
  • Cranston, RI
  • $73,240.00 - $82,925.00 Annually USD

Website Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: To analyze and document the impact of various chronic and infectious disease processes on the population of the state and/or communities, as well as on other specific subpopulations at risk; to monitor and analyze the incidence, prevalence and determinants of disease such as environment, genetics, lifestyle and access to medical care; to identify effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies; to design and/or implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions; and to do related work as required.

Illustrative Examples of Work Performed

  • To analyze and document the impact of various chronic and infectious disease processes on the population of the state and/or communities, as well as on other specific subpopulations at risk.
  • To monitor and analyze the incidence, prevalence and determinants of disease such as environment, genetics, lifestyle and access to medical care.
  • To identify effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • To design and/or implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  • To develop specific hypotheses which may lead to the better understanding of the etiology of disease entities, which affect the population of the state.
  • To analyze and interpret data relating to the health status of the state’s population.
  • To conduct investigations which will expand the epidemiologic data base so that more precise and meaningful information will become available.
  • To describe the diseases and determinants of disease in a population.
  • To identify major health status problems of a population.
  • To use data to identify strategies for reducing the adverse effects of major health problems in a population.
  • To develop strategies and activities that define the most effective means of intervening in major health problems in a population.
  • To establish procedures and standards for the evaluation of health-related programs within the state; such evaluation may include analysis of the costs and benefits of such programs and overall program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • To provide analytic and evaluation assistance to other state agencies, community partners, and stakeholders.
  • To do related work as required.

Required Qualifications for Appointment

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of descriptive and analytical epidemiologic techniques, research and evaluation methodologies, and biostatistics as described in national standards such as the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Applied Epidemiology Competencies; strong written and oral communication and presentation skills; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners; and related capacities and abilities.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Possession of a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Epidemiology, or a master’s degree in a related health field with specialization in the area of epidemiology.

Supplemental Information
The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) is seeking an epidemiologist who will be responsible for the evaluation of substance use prevention programs and projects funded by the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success grant and the Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, Recovery Services Block Grant.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Provide strategic and technical support to meet the goals and objectives of the grants, in alignment with the BHDDH mission and leading priorities.
  • Plan, create, and manage evaluation data collection, analysis, interpretation of analysis, and preparation of reports for both internal and external use.
  •  Evaluate and translate complex analysis into findings or conclusions and, if appropriate, recommendations that are concise and audience-specific through presentations, reports, and publications in partnership with the Division of Behavioral Health’s Prevention and Recovery Services Unit.
  •  Provide technical assistance on evaluation and data for Regional Prevention Task Force Coalitions and RI Student Assistance Service programs.
  • Provide training and technical assistance on the Mosaix IMPACT© prevention data collection system or a similar program.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of principles of program planning, implementation, process evaluation, and outcomes evaluation.
  • Experience with computer and statistical analysis programming skills using database (Microsoft Access) and statistical software such as R or STATA.
  • Experience in population-level statistics, data analysis, and in applying analysis and research to policy and program development and evaluation in public health.
  • Ability to work well as a team with diverse personnel, groups, and organizations.
  • Experience in producing effective reports for public health audiences, policymakers, and the public.
  • Ability to translate analytic findings for use by professional public health and community audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to connect research/evaluation/analytic results to programs and policies.
  • Demonstrated success drawing insights from large, complex, and imperfect data sets.

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