Senior Epidemiology Specialist

  • Senior Epidemiology Specialist
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Class Number: 
0931
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$44,352.00 – $65,280.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,848.00 – $2,720.00
Pay Grade: 
A28

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Definition

This is specialized professional epidemiologic work in the investigation, analysis, prevention, and control of injuries or communicable, chronic, or environmentally induced diseases.

Job Duties

Identifies, designs, coordinates, and/or conducts epidemiologic studies of disease or injury occurrence, including review and evaluation of control measures, behavioral, and/or clinical interventions.

Investigates, identifies, and analyzes incidence, prevalence, trends, and causes of injuries or communicable, chronic, or environmentally induced diseases.

Conducts and/or coordinates field interviews of case, potential case, control subjects, government officials, and others to ascertain disease incidence and/or prevalence.

Develops, reviews, and evaluates disease or injury reporting and surveillance systems; advises program administrators of important incidence and/or prevalence changes within reporting areas.

Determines research studies to be conducted and methodology to be followed for collecting epidemiologic data; analyzes data and recommends public health intervention, prevention, and control measures to deal with trends or statistically significant findings.

Develops intervention strategies, policies, and procedures.

Develops and/or provides training in epidemiologic methods and techniques.

Communicates with health care providers, social service agencies, schools, federal/ state/local officials, the media, and others concerning disease and injury investigation, prevention, and control.

Conducts or coordinates in-depth investigations of disease clusters using epidemiologic methods which include gathering information and/or biological specimens.

Supervises the activities of a small professional staff responsible for conducting on-going epidemiologic studies; prepares final investigation reports, statistical analyses, and summaries on completed epidemiological studies/evaluations.

Assists in maintaining liaison and inter-agency coordination with federal, state, and local officials concerning epidemiology, surveillance, and health emergency issues.

Responds to communicable disease emergencies; coordinates activities among work units/divisions and with local health agencies.

Prepares or oversees the preparation of reports and recommendations.

Prepares grant applications, research reports, and other public health documents.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Health Care Administration

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(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.  When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

One or more years of experience as an Epidemiology Specialist with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Epidemiology or Public Health; and,

Two or more years of professional experience in chronic disease, communicable disease, human nutrition, injury control, environmental epidemiology, or infection control, which included disease or injury investigation and risk assessment.

(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university after completion of a Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Public Health may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)

OR

A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Nutrition/Dietetics, Health Care Administration, Biostatistics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or a biological, physical or environmental science; and,

Three or more years of professional experience in chronic disease, communicable disease, human nutrition, injury control, environmental epidemiology, or infection control, which included disease or injury investigation and risk assessment.

(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university after completion of a Master’s degree in the specified areas may substitute for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)

(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)

 

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, techniques, and applications of epidemiology, particularly related to chronic diseases, risk behaviors, human diseases, environmental health hazards, communicable diseases, or injuries.

Comprehensive knowledge of current research and analytical methods related to public health and epidemiology.

Comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods and the pathobiology of disease or injury occurrence.

Comprehensive knowledge of epidemiologic investigations, disease prevention, disease surveillance, and public health risk assessment.

Comprehensive knowledge of the organization and operation of federal, state, and local gov ernmental agencies relating to public health.

Comprehensive knowledge of personal and/or mainframe computers, including the use of statistical software packages.

Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate program activities relating to the prevention and control of injuries and communicable, chronic, or environmental induced diseases.

Ability to analyze and interpret complex epidemiologic data.

Ability to implement polices and procedures for a statewide surveillance or health emergency response system.

Ability to provide recommendations in the formulation of policy on immediate and long-range intervention strategies to prevent injuries and communicable, chronic, or environmentally-induced diseases impacting on public health.

Ability to prepare scientific articles, make presentations to professional groups, and clearly communicate the findings of epidemiologic studies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, health care providers, social service agencies, schools, federal/state/local officials, the media, and the public.

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