Combine your passion for public health and research and evaluation in this Research Scientist 3 position. This position exists to plan, design, implement, and report on evaluation, research and surveillance studies relevant to Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII). This position advises and provides expertise to OSHII evaluation and research staff, MDH staff, and researchers external to MDH on research procedures and methodology to ensure appropriate research design, statistical analysis and reporting of data. Key activities include planning, designing, and monitoring data infrastructure, data analysis and reporting including collection and monitoring systems that support research, surveillance and evaluation activities to assess the impact of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and federal grant programs. SHIP and federal grant programs focus on implementing evidence based programs to increase the availability and accessibility of healthy foods, opportunities to be physically active, reduce the use of commercial tobacco use and advance health equity at the community level and in schools, work sites, early childhood education and health care settings. Research and evaluation activities focus on measuring changes in policies, systems and environments and behavioral risk factors, chronic disease and health care cost data. The position leads department researchers, epidemiologists and evaluators and other partners in preparing research reports for publication and sharing research and program evaluation results with key stakeholders and the public.
Applicants must meet all of the minimum qualifications to be routed to the supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in, Public Health, Epidemiology, Community Health, Health Services Research, Social Sciences or a closely related field;
Three years of advanced professional experience conducting evaluation or research with responsibilities that include: planning, designing and implementing public health evaluation, research and surveillance studies; leading systems for data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination; conducting data analysis, preparing reports and disseminating study findings.
An advanced degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for one year of experience.
- Experience designing and implementing evaluation or research of public health programs
- Experience analyzing and interpreting public health surveillance data and preparing reports
- Experience with data analysis statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or R
- Ability to present evaluation and research results clearly and effectively orally and in writing with professional and lay audiences
- Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Community Health, Health Services Research, Social Sciences or a closely related field
- Ability to identify and evaluate scientific literature, synthesize relevant information, assess evidence base for programs and make recommendations
- Knowledge and experience analyzing and interpreting public health surveillance data and secondary data sets.
- Advanced experience using statistical software such as SAS, STATA, R, SPSS, geographical Software such as ArcGIS and data visualization software such as : Tools-R, TABLEAU
- Experience working in an inclusive, multicultural environment that values diversity and relationships
- Experience partnering with organizations, individuals and communities that represent populations most disparately impacted by health inequities.
- Proven ability to work well with diverse constituents and have demonstrated cultural capacity.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to generate consensus among a variety of different perspectives
- Project management skills necessary to organize and manage planning projects
Must successfully pass a background and reference check.
Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!
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