Epidemiologist I

Nov 19 2020
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Disease Outbreak Control Division

Disease Investigation Branch

Downtown, Oahu


Epidemiologist I

Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases


$55,000 - $58,368 per year, salary commensurate with training & experience


Exempt, Temporary, Full-Time, 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 influenza and other respiratory pathogens 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 influenza and other respiratory pathogens in the population.


This position will be responsible, in the area of influenza and other respiratory pathogens, 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 a Master’s Degree in a 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 set.  Each qualifying course should have fulfilled a minimum of two (2) credit hours.


Knowledge & Experience:  Knowledge of public health principles and practice. Understanding of and familiarity with tenets of infection control, including infection control practices. Understanding of principles and practices of health education. Experience in engaging community partners and using information in designing, interpreting dataand conducting epidemiological assessments.  Work experience and knowledge in public health, microbiology, infection control, developing and promoting health programs in the community and consulting with healthcare providers preferred.


Abilities:  Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.  Ability to prepare clear and concise reports utilizing different modes of media–computer, presentations (oral and written), by telephone, and video conference.  Establish cooperative agreements and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of agencies and programs.  Develop and implement project procedures and guidelines.  Plan, develop, implement, and coordinate public information campaigns in-house or through contract services.


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.


Application packet at:  https://health.hawaii.gov/employme​nt/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, 2020.  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