Epidemiologist I

Dec 03 2020
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Disease Outbreak Control Division

Disease Investigation Branch

Downtown, Oahu


Epidemiologist I

Syndromic Surveillance


$52,956 - $55,000 per year, salary commensurate with training & experience


Exempt, non-civil service appointment.  The primary purpose of this position is to study the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in particular populations as they relate to Syndromic Surveillance and to apply this study to the control of health problems. Syndromic surveillance serves as an early warning system for health events by tracking symptoms of patients or populations by a variety of data sources (e.g., emergency departments, ambulance dispatch, over the counter medication sales) before a diagnosis is confirmed. This position supports the establishment, planning, development, and coordination of a statewide syndromic surveillance system by working together with the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), a collaboration among CDC, federal partners, local and state health departments, and academic and private sector partners who collect, analyze, and share electronic patient encounter data to detect, characterize, monitor, and respond to events of public health concern. This position will also be responsible for facilitating enhancement of disease outbreak investigations using data-driven techniques; ensuring data management systems and technology provide the critical data for efficient and timely response to and reporting of disease alerts; developing and enhancing surveillance through any necessary complex coding or message mapping; facilitating, coordinating, and exchanging of surveillance data with partners; implementing syndromic surveillance; and interacting with routine, sentinel, hospital-based and other surveillance systems in the state of Hawaii to enhance early detection, identify outbreaks, and support all-hazards situational awareness. This position will ensure data is usable for critical epidemiological assessments and will establish reports and perform epidemiological assessments based on the outputs of the syndromic surveillance system. 


Minimum Qualification


Education & Experience:  Master's Degree in Epidemiology or health-related field for which the candidate completed and passed at least three (3) epidemiological methods courses, one of which must be an advanced level, and at least two (2) biostatistics courses requiring mastery of large datasets and analyses using a statistical software application.  Each qualifying course should have fulfilled a minimum of 2 credits.


Knowledge & Experience:  Principles, practices, and techniques of epidemiology analysis; principles and practices of public health and public administration, including the general organization, functions, services, and objectives of public health programs; public health and medical research methods and techniques, including analysis of risk factors; statistical analysis methodology; human and environmental biology and behavioral sciences and principles; community and medical resources; and principles of disease causation.


Abilities:  Evaluate the relative importance of areas of research; critical thinking; plan, direct, coordinate, and evaluate the work of others; plan, conduct, and evaluate public health epidemiologic research and advise others in these activities; prepare program and budget plans; evaluate program operations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; speak and write English effectively, including effective public speaking; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports; and work under pressure and challenging or unusual conditions. 


Travel may be required.


License:  Valid State of Hawaii driver’s license is preferred.


Preferred Qualifications


Working knowledge of information technology industry standards. Experience in engaging community partners to implement interoperable data sharing and management systems.  Also, coursework in data science and analytics or 1 ½ years of progressively responsible professional work experience that required an aptitude for planning, development, implementation and review of large-scale electronic data application systems. 


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Submit completed State of Hawai`i Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment, resume, and salary requirements to:


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

P.O. Box 3378

Honolulu, Hawaii 96801-3378

Attn:  Recruitment & Examination


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met.


Application packet:  https://health.hawaii.gov/empl​oyment/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact DIB Secretary, at (808) 587-6567 or email at [email protected]   


This is a temporary, non-civil service exempt position. Employment in such positions is considered to be “at will.”


This is a 12-month appointment, federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement for the budget period beginning August 1, 2019.  Non-competitive continuing applications for this position are available through the end of a five-year grant period, ending July 31, 2024.


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii. HDOH supports a diverse-multicultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels, and creates an inclusive work environment, free from discrimination.


An Equal Opportunity Employer