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Public Health Epidemiologist

  • Public Health Epidemiologist
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$52,332.00 – $83,436.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,180.50 – $3,476.50
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This is professional consultative and analytical epidemiologic work in investigating diseases and conditions impacting on public health.

Job Duties

Identifies, designs, and implements epidemiologic studies of potential or actual public health problems, independently or in cooperation with division or department programs.

Advises in the development of protocols for assessment of past and continuing health risk factors; prepares and distributes results of studies and/or assessments to concerned and appropriate federal, state, and local agencies and the public. Plans, develops, coordinates, advises, and/or evaluates activities, policies, operational procedures, surveillance systems, emergency response networks, and databases to identify, prevent, restrain, alleviate, or control environmental health hazards, injuries, chronic diseases, nutrition-related risk behaviors, and other life threatening conditions.

Collaborates with technical staff from other state and federal agencies and provides consultation and advice to program administrators and field staff in the development of risk assessment protocols and epidemiologic investigations of chemical, physical, or biological agents and other health-threatening conditions.

Provides consultation and advice to program administrators, field staff, or other concerned individuals regarding the development of methodology for collecting and analyzing epidemiologic data; recommends and evaluates prevention and control measures to deal with epidemics, public health hazards, statistically significant findings, and trends.

Analyzes the impact of federal and state health regulations and policies on Missouri's programs; develops recommendations on policies and operational procedures, formulates long-range goals and objectives, and evaluates accomplishments.

Develops and maintains liaison and inter-agency coordination with federal, state, and local officials concerning epidemiology, surveillance, and health emergency issues.

Maintains current knowledge of developments in the field of epidemiology.

Develops and prepares reports, correspondence, articles, training, and other informational materials; addresses professional and other groups on matters relating to epidemiology.

Represents the department at state, federal, and local conferences and meetings as assigned.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives administrative supervision from a division director or other designated staff.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Doctorate degree from an accredited school in Epidemiology, Public Health, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition/Dietetics, Psychology, Biostatistics, biological, social, or environmental sciences; and,

Two or more years of professional experience in epidemiology, health, mental health education, or public health research.


Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Epidemiology, Public Health, Nursing, Nutrition/Dietetics, Biostatistics, Psychology, biological, environmental, or socials sciences and,

Five or more years of professional experience in epidemiology, including two or more years in a consultative and/or research capacity involving design of epidemiologic investigations/studies, study implementation, or analysis and reporting.

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 human diseases and public health hazards.

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

Comprehensive knowledge of current developments in the field of epidemiology.

Comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art research methods and techniques for analysis of large data sets, including multivariate regression and correlation.

Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state public health laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the practice of epidemiology.

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

Ability to make determinations of what information is necessary and how it can best be obtained for identifying the source of communicable, chronic, environmental, or nutrition-related diseases.

Ability to design and oversee all types of epidemiologic studies using the three major categories: cross-sectional, retrospective, and prospective.

Ability to analyze and interpret complex epidemiologic data and draw appropriate conclusions as an aid to responsible policy decisions.

Ability to provide recommendations and formulate policy on immediate and long-range intervention strategies to prevent diseases and injuries.

Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, prepare scientific articles, make presentations for professional groups, and communicate to the public regarding the impact of risk behaviors and the findings of epidemiologic studies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the medical community, gov ernment officials, public health professionals, and others.

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