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Job Title: Epidemiologist 1
Job Number:
Organization: Tennessee Department of Health
Posted: 4/20/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Nashville,  TN   
Compensation: Salary based on education and experience with a minimum starting rate of $4,973 per month.
Position Description: This position is in the Healthcare- Associated Infections (HAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance Program within the Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness (CEDEP) division of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). This position is currently funded from year to year through CDC cooperative agreements (grants). Some travel is required. Job duties will include:

• Participate in Multidrug-resistant drug organism (MDRO) containment efforts in collaboration with the CDC’s Southeast Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN) • Extracting, cleaning, managing, and analyzing HAI data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) • Monitoring collection, data quality, and analysis of antimicrobial use and susceptibility data from laboratories and healthcare facilities across the state, including the use the NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR) module , outpatient antimicrobial prescribing data (IMS Health), and REDCap database collecting serial point prevalence antibiotic use data • Participating in data collection, entry, cleaning, and analysis for HAI, MDRO, and antimicrobial stewardship projects • Provide training and technical support to healthcare providers in NHSN definitions, methodology, and use of the NHSN web application • Participate in HAI- and MDRO-related projects, including a point prevalence study of HAIs and antimicrobial use, onsite and remote validation of HAI data, and other special projects • Collaborating with the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, End Stage Renal Disease Network 8, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, and other partners on HAI prevention activities • Preparing and delivering presentations on HAIs and antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship to local, state, and national partners • Assisting in the preparation of grant applications, progress reports, scientific articles and presentations, and other deliverables • Performing programmatic project management activities related to HAI and antimicrobial stewardship projects • Participating in other HAI outbreak investigations as needed

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:

• A master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, statistics or health informatics from an accredited college or university


A master’s degree in a health science, biomedical science or environmental science field from an accredited college or university with two years’ work experience in epidemiology • Experience writing statistical and analytical programming code in SAS • Experience in database management • Experience in MS Office, Excel, Access • Good written and verbal communication skills • Demonstrated ability to manage projects

Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. A transcript evaluation is required for degrees earned outside of the United States.

Desired Qualifications: • Background in statistical analysis • Background in medicine, nursing, or clinical laboratory (microbiology) • Experience in reviewing medical records

Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Organization Description: The position is located in the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness (CEDEP) program in Nashville, Tennessee The healthcare associated infections (HAI) team at the TDH is a dynamic, multi- disciplinary, data-driven team that works very closely with external partners such as the CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC), the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS), Qsource, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 8, the Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (TASCA), and the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC). The HAI team received national recognition for its work in identifying and responding to the ongoing fungal infection outbreak related to contaminated epidural steroid injections. The TDH State Public Health Laboratory was chosen by the CDC in 2017 to serve as the Southeast Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory. A Tennessee containment success was highlighted in the April 2018 issue of CDC’s Vital Signs which can be found at unusual-resistance/.

Closing Date: 7/20/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Donna Teasley,  Epidemiologist 1
Contact Location: 5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville   TN  37243
Contact Location: 5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
  710 James Robertson Parkway
  Nashville   TN  37243
Contact Phone: 615/741-0304 
Contact Fax: 615/741-3840
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: In order to be considered, you must apply online between April 25 and May 1, 2018 at: default.cfm and search for Epidemiologist 1, job code 042518-167183.

After submitting your online application, please email your cover letter and resume to with HAI Epidemiologist in the subject line.

Additional Information: The Tennessee Department of Health is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer.

Web Site Delete Date: 5/2/2018