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Job Title: Epidemiologist I
Job Number: 00009110
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $3,520.33 - $4,633.50
Position Description: Epidemiologist I: Under the direction of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Group Manager/HIV Surveillance Coordinator, performs advanced level epidemiological work within the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Develops and performs data quality checks and processes to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the TB/HIV/STD data. Works closely with local and regional surveillance sites providing technical assistance and monitoring performance to ensure timeliness, consistency and accuracy of TB/HIV/STD reporting and data collection. Performs statistical analyses using advanced statistical software, interprets results, and writes articles, reports and sections of grant proposals related to TB/HIV/AIDS epidemiology and surveillance. Uses SAS, Access, Enhanced HIV/AIDS/Reporting System (eHARS), The TB, HIV, STD Integrated System (THISIS) and various other software applications or databases to manage and analyze data. Contributes to epidemiologic reports disseminated to the DSHS and the public, public health and medical communities. Essential Job Functions: (30%) Conducts reviews of alternate record systems (e.g. medication program, death/birth certificates, other disease registries, etc…) to identify unreported cases, ensure data integrity, and control data redundancy and integrity. Disseminates information to the appropriate local and regional surveillance sites. Monitors and evaluates the TB/HIV/STD data systems for quality and completeness of case reporting. Performs data cleaning in TB/HIV/STD databases as needed. Evaluates and prepares reports on the effectiveness of program activities, and makes recommendations for improvement and/or training for satellite surveillance sites and personnel. Adheres to security and confidentiality policies and procedures at all times. (25%) Provides technical assistance to satellite TB/HIV/STD programs and central office surveillance and local registry staff to promote and support active surveillance activities. Assistance can include but is not be limited to, application of new Center for Disease Control (CDC) or state reporting guidelines, remotely checking the TB/HIV/STD data systems and/or contact other state data systems to ascertain the status of reported or unreported case documentation, help with generating reports from the TB/HIV/STD data systems, provide copies of confidential source documents, and provide feedback on program effectiveness. (10%) Working in concert with surveillance program staff, designs surveillance program tracking and quality assurance measures for HIV, STD, and TB reporting in THISIS. Assists in the design of workflows, reports, and other THISIS system tools to gauge the level of compliance of contracted and partner surveillance sites with DSHS guidelines. Writes statistical programs to produce reports intended to give central office and contract surveillance sites feedback on performance of the surveillance system. Creates files for analysis as needed. (10%) Using appropriate epidemiologic methods, relevant software applications, spreadsheets, database programs, and other allied statistical software, consolidates and analyzes HIV/AIDS/STD surveillance data, and other morbidity, and demographic data to produce evaluation study reports, epidemiologic reports, articles, grant proposals, progress reports, and data requests related to the evaluation of TB/HIV/STD reporting. Contributes written epidemiologic interpretations of data to be used in profiles, evaluation study reports, and other Surveillance and Epidemiology quarterly and annual reports for the general public and for public health and medical communities. Prepares data for analysis in responding to federal grant objectives. (10%) Maintains and updates procedure and training manuals and case report forms for case reporting for HIV, STD and TB surveillance activities. Also provides training as necessary related to case reporting and data entry. (10%) Researches and evaluates new sources of information in order to develop long-range comprehensive program goals and strategies. Participates in the management of epidemiological data gathering and analysis and the resulting recommendations for disease control. Participate on special projects for the TB/HIV/STD Unit. (5%) Other TB/HIV/STD epidemiologic and agency related duties as assigned. In the event of a regional or state wide disaster, all staff will participate, assist, and support all regional and/or state wide disaster relief efforts. Responds to and supports regional/statewide disaster relief efforts.

Qualifications: Initial Selection Criteria: 1. Master's degree in Public Health or related field. Experience can substitute for education. 2. Two years experience in public health, disease epidemiology, or program evaluation.

Qualifications: Knowledge Skills Abilities: • Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology. • Knowledge of the principles of evaluation of surveillance, prevention, or health-related services programs. • Knowledge of research design, research methods, and sampling. • Knowledge of survey design and administration. • Knowledge of the principles of descriptive and analytical statistics • Knowledge of grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, usage, and style. • Knowledge of scientific and technical writing. • Knowledge of the principles of disease surveillance. • Knowledge of the principles of grant-writing • Knowledge of infectious diseases • Skilled in using software for Internet browsing and E-mail • Skilled in using spreadsheets (Quattro, Excel or or Lotus) • Skilled in using SPSS for Windows • Skilled in using software for report writing (WordPerfect or Word). • Skilled in in using software for graphic presentations (Harvard, Corel, or Power Point) • Ability to acquire in-depth knowledge of the medical and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted diseases. • Ability to learn to use STD*MIS and Access software. • Ability to work effectively as a team with diverse personnel, groups, and organizations. • Ability to manage research projects involving multiple organizations and personnel. • Ability to participate in group decision-making concerning research design, methods, and protocol.

Organization Description: Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Section, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in Austin, Texas

Closing Date: 12/31/2018
Desired Starting Date: 11/15/2018
Contact Name: Sylvia Odem,  Manager
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Additional Information: Military occupation (s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at bDescriptions.aspx. Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

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