Epidemiologist I

Sep 24 2020
Job Description

 

State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Disease Outbreak Control Division

Disease Investigation Branch

Downtown, Oahu

 

Epidemiologist I

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

 

 

$51,000 - $53,000 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 vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) and to apply this study to the control of health problems in this subject area. The position will produce data for decision-making and for detecting, understanding, controlling, and preventing VPDs in the population.  This position will be responsible, in the area of VPDs, for facilitating enhancement of disease outbreak investigations; responding to and reporting disease alerts; developing and enhancing surveillance; facilitating, coordinating, and exchanging of surveillance data with partners; implementing sentinel, syndromic, or hospital-based, including emergency department, surveillance to enhance early detection, identify outbreaks, and support all-hazards situation awareness.  This position will also conduct epidemiological assessments. 

 

 

 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. Planning and administration of multi-agency operations.  Knowledge of applicable administrative rules, statutes, and policies governing the investigation and reporting of vaccine-preventable disease.  Familiarity with vaccine-preventable diseases and their control methods and a basic understanding of the transmission cycles of various vaccine-preventable diseases relevant to Hawaii.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Other Information

 

For additional information, you may contact Jocelyn Ungos-Markham, at (808) 586-8331, 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