To conduct disease surveillance and recommend disease control measures; to evaluate chronic and communicable disease data including unusual occurrences of illness; to function as a member of a multidisciplinary outbreak investigation and response team, conducting field investigations, and epidemiologic studies; to provide epidemiologic information to the medical community and general public
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES – This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
• Conduct epidemiologic surveillance activities including community assessments • Design data collection forms and enter data into computer • Interview cases, contacts, and suspected disease carriers • Conduct epidemiologic analyses of disease data from various sources using computer software • Assist in the investigation and control of disease outbreaks • Participate in field investigations at hospitals, physician offices, laboratories, clinics, food establishments, childcare facilities or other locations as necessary to complete epidemiologic investigations • Prepare reports on investigative activities and findings using computer software • Evaluate and investigate unusual disease reports from laboratories, physicians and others • Provide information and answer questions from health district staff, health care providers, the media and the general public regarding disease symptoms, and disease prevention and control • Make presentations to the medical community and general public • Special projects as requested by managerial or administrative staff • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required
Knowledge of: • Basic principles of biology and microbiology • Epidemiologic principles • Communicable disease etiology and intervention methods • Risk factors associated with communicable, vector-borne and chronic diseases • Chronic disease prevention methods • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment • Principles and procedures of record keeping • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
Ability to: • Use a computer proficiently • Work effectively with a multidisciplinary team • Calculate basic statistical measures such as rates, averages, medians, standard deviation, confidence intervals and to plot data on graphs • Design and conduct case-control and cohort studies and community assessments • Interview cases in order to determine demographic, medically relevant information and risk factor data • Interpret and analyze the significance of medical, health and other data obtained from a variety of sources • Maintain confidentiality • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing • Establish and maintain congenial relationships with those contacted in the course of work • Maintain a professional demeanor in all circumstances • Learn pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to disease surveillance and control • Learn county health safety policies and procedures • Learn to recognize health safety violations