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Employer: Olmsted County
Located in: Rochester, Minnesota
Degree Required: Bachelors
Master's degree in Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology, Statistics, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, or closely related field.
Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Statistics, Microbiology, Biology, Information Technology or other related field and two (2) years of applied epidemiology experience in a community setting.
Nature of Work
Under general supervision collects, analyzes, interprets, and communicates information; takes part in decision making driven by data analysis and interpretation; and manages and coordinates activities involved in the prevention and control of communicable, chronic, and environmentally acquired diseases and health outcomes. Must be available to serve on call and support the department during emergency situations.
Examples of Work
- Researches and analyzes patterns of health and disease in populations, including biological, environmental, behavioral and social factors underlying disease and health patterns. Provides information to decision makers about health issues
- Participates in the development of local prevention and response strategies, evaluation, grant applications, and other strategic work as necessary and provides information for planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs and policies; and for establishing priorities and goals related to prevention and/or reduction of disease
- Provides epidemiology consultation to health professionals, may serve as a subject matter expert on communicable, environmentally acquired, or chronic health investigations; develops prevention strategies associated with public health topics; describes the distribution, transmission, severity, and clinical features of public health priorities; predicts morbidity, hospitalization and mortality outcomes, and works closely with Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) Public Information Officer (PIO) and other managers to implement data driven policies and procedures
- Maintains effective disease surveillance and reporting network for Olmsted County and communicates meaningful and timely information to providers; establishes important infection control practitioner relationships; utilizes the Health Alert Network (HAN)
- Contributes to local and state planning and policy decisions as a subject matter expert for Olmsted County, helps define appropriate preventions for and responses to epidemic disease, natural disasters and bioterrorist acts
- Prepares and presents oral and written educational reports, media interviews, journal articles and training workshops to staff, boards, committees, students, professional organizations and the public
- Contributes to OCPHS and county strategic planning, policy development and quality improvement
- Supports the department during disease outbreaks or emergency situations that may require non-standard work hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Thorough knowledge of epidemiology and its application in public health
- Knowledge of basic epidemiology practices including social determinants as drivers of outcomes
- Knowledge of disease epidemiology including specific understanding of chronic, infectious, or environmentally associated diseases as appropriate to specific position
- Skill in the use of computers and technology including statistical software, ie. SAS, SPSS, R, STATA or other analysis tools
- Skill in collaborating with health and non-health providers as well as other stakeholders
- Skill in analyzing and interpreting data
- Ability to lead, especially when investigating an outbreak or making recommendations for public or professional actions
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to the public, health professionals, policy makers and the media
- Ability to educate and train staff, other professionals or the public using effective methods
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Posted on 07/29/2019
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