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Job Title: Epidemiologist II – Accreditation/Informatics – Limited Term
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Organization: County of San Mateo
Posted: 4/10/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: San Mateo,  CA    USA
Compensation: $38.24 - $47.80 /Hour
Position Description: The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist II – Accreditation/Informatics – Limited Term. The Epidemiologist II will work under the guidance of the Supervising Epidemiologist as a member of the Public Health Policy and Planning Division (PHPP), and a nine- person team of epidemiologists who provide analytical leadership and disease surveillance for the County.

This Epidemiologist II will be the primary epidemiologist supporting public health accreditation efforts for the County of San Mateo, as well as leading efforts to increase the use of public health informatics by the Epidemiology program. This Epidemiologist II position will work closely with the Senior Community Health Specialist/Accreditation Coordinator to complete the necessary steps and requirements for the public health accreditation process. The Epidemiologist II will also assist the Supervising Epidemiologist and other Epidemiology staff with implementing an informatics- based approach to Epidemiology programmatic work.

The Epidemiologist II will work in a collaborative and positive environment with a strong, diverse and sophisticated epidemiology unit that works closely across programs within the San Mateo County Health System, as well as other County departments. The epidemiology unit works on communicable disease and chronic disease surveillance, conducts GIS mapping and analyses to advance a place-based, policy and equity agenda, provides technical leadership across the Health System and the County on public health data collection, analysis and reporting, and engages in special projects led by Health System leadership.

The Public Health Policy and Planning Division provides opportunities for professional growth and maintains a flexible and open culture that stems from a belief that staff are motivated to meet the goals of the Health System, serve the public, and be good partners to colleagues, community groups, and other agencies. The Epidemiologist II position has opportunities for telework and some scheduling flexibility based on performance. The funding for this position is limited to a three-year time period.

Primary Responsibilities include:

Assist with the development of a data warehouse/datamart for the epidemiology program, and identify optimal ways to transfer data to the date warehouse/datamart in a consistent and secure manner.

Implement public health informatics tools and systems to enable and enhance surveillance and population-based studies of the health status of the residents of San Mateo County.

Conduct periodic assessments of the Epidemiology program's data systems and produce timely, meaningful and actionable information about the status; make recommendations regarding changes.

Work with other Epidemiology staff to maintain and update the online data platform that is used both internally and externally for public health accreditation and other data needs.

Analyze data from a variety of existing sources, such as the data warehouse and the San Mateo County Health and Quality of Life (HQoL) survey to support public health accreditation efforts, including the development of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Assist the Accreditation Coordinator with the development of the PHPP Strategic Plan.

Produce periodic and ad hoc reports on the health status of residents of San Mateo County.

Make technical and informational presentations to professional and lay groups in the community.

Perform related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a positive can-do attitude, work well in collaborative team environments as well as independently; have experience in or knowledge of public health accreditation and informatics; be proficient in the use of SAS, SPSS, Stata, or R, and GIS; and be successful in communicating to a diverse group of stakeholders.

This is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Qualifications: Education: Possession of a Master's degree with an emphasis in epidemiology and/or analysis and assessment.


A doctoral degree in epidemiology; OR

A bachelor's or other non-epidemiology professional degree or certification AND four years of experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a senior-level epidemiologist.

Experience: Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify at the II Level is at least two years of experience in public health epidemiology.

Knowledge of: Basic principles and foundations of epidemiology. Basic principles and foundations of biostatistics. Basic use of geographic information systems (GIS). Principles of epidemiological investigation and disease control and prevention in the community. Analysis of variety of public health and other data from secondary sources. Sources of secondary public health and other social and demographic data. State and local laws, regulations and policies governing the investigation and reporting of communicable and other diseases.

Skill/Ability to: Identify potential communicable or other acute health conditions and take appropriate action. Collect, interpret and analyze health data and draw valid conclusions and prepare statistical and narrative reports. Work effectively with a wide range of health professionals and the public regarding sensitive health issues. Present findings and analysis using mapping and spatial analysis. Communicate orally and in writing to professional and lay audiences. Collect, interpret and evaluate health data and draw valid conclusions. Organize and evaluate disease prevention and control programs. Assist in instructing and training others.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 7/10/2018
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Contact Name: Karen Pfister,  Epidemiologist II – Accreditation/Informatics – Limited Term
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How to Apply: If you are interested in being considered for this Limited Term position, the following materials must be submitted via e-mail in a Word or PDF format.

Resumé Responses to Supplemental Questions

Supplemental Questions:

Which of the following indicates how you meet the requirement for this position:

Possession of a Master's degree with an emphasis in epidemiology and/or analysis and assessment

Substitution: A doctoral degree in epidemiology

Substitution: A bachelor's or other non- epidemiology professional degree or certification AND four years of experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a mid-level or senior-level epidemiologist.

Describe the education, training and work experience that qualify you for a position of Epidemiologist II. Include experience in public health accreditation, if any. Be specific.

Describe your experience working with large health-related data sets and developing databases and/or warehouses. Be specific.

Describe your experience developing, implementing and analyzing community health assessments. Be specific.

Describe your experience with computer applications that relate to data management and analysis; specifically discuss your experience using SAS, SPSS, or R and GIS. Include the applications, types of data and the process. Be specific.

Please include the words "Epidemiologist II – Accreditation/Informatics – Limited Term" in the subject area of email submissions to:

Karen Pfister, Supervising Epidemiologist


Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled.

This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (resume and responses to supplemental questions) will not be considered.

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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