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Job Title: Environmental Epidemiologist
Job Number:
Organization: Harris County Public Health
Posted: 5/15/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Houston,  TX    USA
Position Description: 40% Data Analysis and Reports

• Conducts data analysis and create comprehensive reports of environmentally- related illnesses, occupational diseases, chronic diseases including cancer, social and economic factors affecting these conditions and illnesses including those that may be related to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, and biological, weaponized or other agents, to support the Epidemiology section and ensure public health prevention as well as response readiness for public health threats and emergencies.

25% Surveillance System

• Building upon existing resources, implements and maintains an ongoing and robust environmental surveillance system for Harris County, Texas. • Assists and supports the general development and implementation of surveillance data management, including syndromic surveillance, and participate to ensure daily functioning and operations of such systems.

10 % Data Acquisition, Request, Management and Analysis

• Assesses and utilizes Federal, State and local health data sources to better understand and characterize cancer and chronic diseases and associations with environmental, occupational and other factors. • Identifies, obtains, and as necessary, submits requests for data sources concerning such conditions

10 % Collaboration

• Participates with other divisions and offices to identify epidemiologic investigation needs especially as related to illness associated with exposure to chemicals, pollutants, toxins, radiation or biological agents. • Supports overall epidemiological disease investigation and control and ensure readiness for responding to bioterrorism, other public health threats and emergencies.

10 % Process Improvement

• Assists with development and drafting of policies, plans, protocols and study design (such as case-control and retrospective studies) to further define diseases, improve cluster investigation and outbreak investigation and reporting, and to ensure readiness for responding to bioterrorism, and other public health threats and emergencies. • Provides epidemiologic consultation as needed across the health department, including the Environmental Public Health (EPH) Division, and works collaboratively with the EPH Environmental Toxicologist to analyze data, design and conduct relevant investigations, and maintain surveillance on illnesses that may relate to factors of the environment, including, air, water, soil, chemical, biological or other hazards. • Collaborates with Harris County Pollution Control Services as part of disease investigation and surveillance, as necessary. • Assists in synthesis of data- driven information that contributes to the department’s understanding and analysis of program evaluation, disease occurrence, emerging public health issues, and public health preparedness within Harris County.

5% Other

• Responsibilities include other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

Qualifications: • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health, biostatistics/statistics, epidemiology, public health, or a related health or science field with a research curriculum. • Must have passed graduate level classes in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental science or toxicology. • Three years’ experience in environmental and/or occupational and/or chronic disease epidemiology and experience working with disease surveillance systems. • Experience in analyzing statistical data and application of statistical techniques such as measures of association, confidence intervals and tests of significance. • Intermediate or better competency in the use of statistical analysis software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or comparable programs to extract data and analyze complex databases. • Intermediate or better competency in Microsoft Office software skills especially Excel and Access. • Intermediate Experience with SQL database platforms and software-based report writing and development • Intermediate Experience with GIS mapping software. • Intermediate ability to display data and statistics graphically to demonstrate trends.

Organization Description: Under the supervision of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Manager, the Environmental Epidemiologist applies the principles and practice of epidemiology to the systematic study and analysis of diseases, with particular focus on cancer and other chronic diseases that may be associated with chemicals, pollutants or environmental toxins. The Environmental Epidemiologist develops and conducts methodologies to explore potential linkage between environmental conditions and various diseases or conditions.

Closing Date: 8/15/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Idalia Mendoza,  Environmental Epidemiologist
Contact Location:

Houston   TX  77027
United States
Contact Location:
  Houston   TX  77027
  United States
Contact Phone: (832) 927-7435 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: Online:

Additional Information: PhD in toxicology, epidemiology or related area strongly preferred.

Web Site Delete Date: 8/15/2019