The Epidemiologist will work on-site for twelve (12) months at the Delaware Division of Public Health. The Epidemiologist will achieve the following outputs:
1.) Conduct a jurisdiction-level vulnerability assessment as well as lead plans to address local gaps in prevention services for opioid overdose and HIV/HCV. One of the following approaches to conduct the vulnerability assessment will be used: hotspot mapping, statistical modeling, or geospatial analysis.
2.) Create HCV cases using electronic laboratory data in Delaware Electronic Reporting and Surveillance System (DERSS) applying CDC case definitions. These case data will be used in the vulnerability assessment.
3.) Determine disease status of HCV cases (acute, chronic, on treatment, or cured). 4.) Identify and assign any associated risk factors for all acute cases.
5.) Create a comprehensive Delaware HCV report containing sufficient demographic and risk factor information to guide further research and prevention interventions.
6.) Disseminate and use assessment findings to inform development of future strategies and address gaps in prevention and intervention needs.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting infectious disease investigations or surveillance activities. Knowledge and experience with HCV, HIV, or injection drug use as well as application of statistical modeling, geospatial mapping/analysis methods are preferred.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbent can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
• Process HCV laboratory reports in DERSS and associate with a case in a timely manner.
• Determine disease classification and associated risk factors for all cases.
• Create statewide and county level reports detailing: 1.) The scope and trends of HCV infection specifically the rates of acute HCV. 2.) Associated acute cases with a risk factor specifically IDU. 3.) Associated demographics of those affected to allow for targeted population level intervention. 4.) “Heat maps” to show the distribution of HCV cases across the state. Such maps will be overlaid on opiate distribution, overdose deaths, Narcan administration and drug arrests to aid prevention DPH strategies.
• Conducts epidemiologic investigations, descriptive studies, or analytic studies.
• Identifies public health problems pertinent to the population and determines feasibility and approach for the study.
• Collects, analyzes, and interprets data using statistical techniques to identify outbreaks, determine changes in trends and probable causes of epidemiologic problems; uses existing epidemiologic databases to analyze and interpret public health issues.
• Maintains surveillance systems used to monitor disease trends.
• Makes recommendations for continuation or changes to operations, programs, services, policies or procedures based on findings to promote and protect public health.
• May participate on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise.
Level of Work:
• Conducts a broad and complex range of investigative, analytical and epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection and prevention of diseases.
• Develops and designs methods of collecting, analyzing and disseminating data.
• Conducts epidemiologic outbreak investigations; performs on-site review of facilities and procedures; interviews patients, healthcare providers and others involved.
• Performs statistical analysis of complex data from a variety of disciplines to draw conclusions and recommend corrective actions.
• Designs and implements surveillance systems used to monitor disease trends.
• Designs and manipulates epidemiologic databases to analyze and interpret health problems. • Develops disease control protocols for reported public health diseases or problems.
• Prepares, presents and publishes technical reports and findings for a variety of audiences including professionals and the public.
• May provide technical guidance to lower level staff.
• Contacts include providing expert scientific and technical direction, guidance and assistance to local, state and federal agencies, industry, health care providers, communities and the public.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class. Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology.
• Knowledge of methods and techniques used in conducting epidemiological investigations and studies.
• Knowledge of epidemiological data collection procedures.
• Knowledge of communicable, chronic, or environmental diseases and their causes.
• Knowledge of bio-statistics.
• Knowledge of diagnostic and laboratory survey techniques.
• Skill in analyzing, interpreting and evaluating epidemiological and statistical data.
• Skill in identifying disease outbreaks and trends using data collection and existing epidemiologic databases.
• Skill in identifying causes and sources of contagious or environmentally induced diseases.
• Ability to apply methods and procedures used in the control of contagious or environmentally induced diseases.
• Ability to recommend and evaluate effectiveness of disease control measures.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and federal environmental agencies, community representatives, and the media.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Knowledge of medical jurisprudence including public health laws and regulations involving multiple disciplines and agencies.
• Skill in the methods and techniques of advanced statistical analysis, study and design.
• Skill in interviewing methods and techniques.
• Skill in planning, organizing and conducting complex epidemiological investigations and studies.
• Skill in developing and designing methods of collecting, analyzing and disseminating data.
• Skill in analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating complex scientific information.
• Skill in designing and implementing surveillance systems.
• Skill in designing and manipulating epidemiologic databases to analyze and interpret health problems.
• Ability to mediate complex and conflicting priorities to resolve community concerns.
• Ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to work with scientists and technical staff from a diverse and multidisciplinary background.
* This position is a contractor and is not employed by the Delaware Division of Public Health or the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Relocation expenses are not included.