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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Epidemiologist in Des Moines, Iowa

Epidemiologist

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Epidemiologist

Salary

$65,312.00 - $100,568.00 Annually

Location

Des Moines - 50319 - Polk County, IA

Job Type

Full-time

Agency

588 Iowa Department of Public Health

Job Number

21-02645

Closing

5/23/2021 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

DeAnn Decker at deann.decker@idph.iowa.gov

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Job Description

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

This position will serve as the epidemiologist for the Bureau of Substance Abuse. Duties include identifying patterns of health status and disease in Iowa subpopulations, applying findings to recommend prevention and control strategies, data tracking, statistical analysis, and reporting. The position will also provide Bureau-wide epidemiological technical assistance. The position works in collaboration with Bureau staff by performing advanced professional level or lead work in collecting, compiling, analyzing and reporting epidemiological data. Responsibilities are as follows:

Under supervision of the Bureau Chief and with daily direction from the Bureau Data Manager, work as a member of the Bureau data team to conduct epidemiological functions for programs.

This position will serve as the epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a full range of complex epidemiological activities including data analysis and conducting data-based surveillance. Perform analysis of data from diverse datasets, including the calculation of statistical and epidemiological measures to describe public health problems in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place. Calculate state-level estimates of risk factors and healthy behaviors. When appropriate, calculate estimates of risk factors and health behaviors by various demographic factors include race and ethnicity and geographic region. Identify risk factors that impact health. Use advanced statistical methods to analyze data, including applying weighting and adjustment schema.

Communicate statistical and epidemiological information to lay and professional audiences through a variety of modes. Audiences include but are not limited to legislators, department leadership, Bureau staff, researchers, media, and external stakeholders. Methods of dissemination include but are not limited to annual reports, surveillance briefs on topics of interest, press releases, and social media posts. Create data visualizations based on analysis results.

Attend Bureau data team meetings and other meetings as necessary. Attend and support the State Epidemiological Workgroup and Prevention Partnerships Advisory Council (SEWPPAC). Present regularly at quarterly SEWPPAC meetings. Collaborate and coordinate with external contractors such as the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research to complete assigned tasks.

In collaboration with the Bureau Data Manager, promote and provide direction for the use of Bureau data to guide public health programs and policies. Complete the statistical and epidemiological analyses required to respond to data requests from internal and external partners. Advise on data sharing and research agreements and attend Department Research and Ethics Review Committee meetings as applicable.

Provide epidemiological technical assistance and support to Bureau staff by answering questions and providing limited assistance with analyses. This includes calculating basic epidemiological measures, drawing appropriate inferences based on epidemiological data, and evaluating the strengths and limitations of epidemiological reports.

Review analyses and surveillance activities developed by Bureau staff when requested. Determine appropriateness of identified data sources and need for additional data or analyses to draw conclusions when requested. Assist staff with identifying appropriate data sources and understanding the limitations of various data sources.

Assist the Bureau Data Manager with developing policies and procedures related to data quality, including determining considerations for the validity and reliability of a variety of data sources. Work with the Data Manager to ensure alignment with broader Department standards and protocols.

Attend the Department data and informatics community of practice meetings.

Other duties as assigned as mutually agreed upon by employer and employee.

Applicant must pass a background check prior to employment.

Selectives

535 Public Health

6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both related to improving, maintaining, and protecting the general condition of health within society, either on a personal, institutional, organizational, or community basis. Experience may be gained from direct provision of health care or from other ancillary programs and support mechanisms such as government public health departments.

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185 Epidemiology

6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in epidemiology, which involves:

  • The surveillance for respiratory diseases, vector-born diseases, enteric diseases, antimicrobial-resistant agents, or other infectious or non-infectious diseases

  • The development of protocols and procedures for data collection and analysis, ongoing analysis of data using a variety of databases and statistical analysis programs

  • The development and dissemination of written reports, graphs, tables, etc.

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576 Quantitative Social Science Research

6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in quantitative social science research in sociology, psychology, economics, government, public administration, or criminal justice, which includes the following:

  • Developing research methodologies and data collection methods

  • Using statistical software such as SPSS and SAS

  • Calculating statistical data and analyzing and drawing conclusions from it

  • Compiling statistical data and writing books and reports

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

1) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a graduate degree in public health with at least two courses related to the principles and practice of epidemiology.

2) All of the following (a and b):

a. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a non-public health graduate degree with at least two courses related to the principles and practice of epidemiology; and

b. Three years of experience in applied epidemiology in an infectious, noninfectious, or chronic diseases; environmental poisonings or conditions; injury prevention; or a substance misuse related epidemiology program.

For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description. (https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/documents/class_and_pay/JobClassDescriptions/Epidemiologist-02427.pdf)

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Please read all questions and answers thoroughly and make sure you understand them completely.Ensure the answers to your questions match the information filled out on your application and the attachments you have uploaded. If the answers to your questions are inconsistent with your application information or uploaded attachments, you will be given zero points for the question.Knowingly misrepresenting the facts when submitting any information related to an application, examination, certification, appeal, or any other facet of the selection process will result in your disqualification from this application and future employment with the state of Iowa.

  • Yes - I understand and agree.

  • No

    02

    Does your application demonstrate that you have 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in epidemiology, which involves:

  • The surveillance for respiratory diseases, vector-born diseases, enteric diseases, antimicrobial-resistant agents, or other infectious or non-infectious diseases

  • The development of protocols and procedures for data collection and analysis, ongoing analysis of data using a variety of databases and statistical analysis programs

  • The development and dissemination of written reports, graphs, tables, etc.?

  • Yes

  • No

    03

    Does your application demonstrate that you have 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in quantitative social science research in sociology, psychology, economics, government, public administration, or criminal justice, which includes the following:

  • Developing research methodologies and data collection methods

  • Using statistical software such as SPSS and SAS

  • Calculating statistical data and analyzing and drawing conclusions from it

  • Compiling statistical data and writing books and reports?

  • Yes

  • No

    04

    Does your application demonstrate that you have 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both related to improving, maintaining, and protecting the general condition of health within society, either on a personal, institutional, organizational, or community basis? (Experience may be gained from direct provision of health care or from other ancillary programs and support mechanisms such as government public health departments).

  • Yes

  • No

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Have you filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq?

  • No - I have NOT filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

  • Yes - I HAVE filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

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    Have you graduated from an accredited college or university with a graduate degree in public health with at least two courses related to the principles and practice of epidemiology?

  • Yes

  • No

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    Have you graduated from an accredited college or university with a non-public health graduate degree with at least two courses related to the principles and practice of epidemiology?IF YES-How many years of experience do you have in applied epidemiology in an infectious, noninfectious, or chronic diseases; environmental poisonings or conditions; injury prevention; or a substance misuse related epidemiology program?

  • N/A - I do not have a degree AND/OR at least two courses related to the principles and practice of epidemiology

  • Less than three years or no experience in applied epidemiology in an infectious, noninfectious, or chronic diseases; environmental poisonings or conditions; injury prevention; or in a substance misuse related epidemiology program.

  • Three or more years of experience in applied epidemiology in an infectious, noninfectious, or chronic diseases; environmental poisonings or conditions; injury prevention; or a substance misuse related epidemiology program.

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State of Iowa

Agency

588 Iowa Department of Public Health

Address

Lucas State Office Building321 E 12th StDes Moines, Iowa, 50319

Website

https://idph.iowa.gov/

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