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Surveillance Epidemiologist and Electronic Reporting Specialist

Recruitment #17-003641-0013




MDH, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

Within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration's (PHPA) mission is to improve the health of Marylanders by reducing the transmission of infectious diseases, helping impacted persons live longer, healthier lives, and protecting individuals and communities from environmental health hazards. PHPA works in partnership with local health departments, providers, community based organizations, and public and private sector agencies to provide public health leadership in the prevention, control, monitoring, and treatment of infectious diseases and environmental health hazards. This position supports the activities of the Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance by closely monitoring case reports and trends of selected diseases, and by directing and assisting local health departments in disease investigation, reporting, and control activities. This position also enhances mandatory notifiable disease, multidrug-resistant organism, and laboratory-based surveillance through increasing state public health and laboratory capacity to exchange electronic laboratory data and perform quality assurance on such data. The individual in this position will have flexible responsibilities to support both public health surveillance and laboratory reporting efforts, and data interchange between health care and public health sectors; use the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) page builder to develop NEDSS data entry screens that mirror standard case report forms for improved data completeness and data quality; and develop surveillance reports that visually display and analyze geographic and other surveillance data. Program activities will be conducted in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology and the Laboratories Administration within MDH.


Education: A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics.  A copy of your graduate transcripts should accompany your application (transcripts may be unofficial.)

Experience: None

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Science  classifications or Clinical Lab, Medical Scientists, or Bio Medical Lab Officer specialty codes in the health research field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required. 


The successful candidate must have a strong interest in both informatics-related tasks and applied public health infectious disease epidemiology. They should be able to pay close attention to detail in reviewing data, and possess strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. Other desirable skills include knowledge of common laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of reportable infectious diseases, experience with a NEDSS-compliant public health database and ELR-related functions, and strong communication skills for interacting with public health officials and laboratory IT staff.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689.  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.



As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.