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EPIDEMIOLOGIST I

Recruitment #18-003641-0008

GRADE

16

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA), 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. The 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. The individual in this position will provide epidemiologic and programmatic support for surveillance and special studies of various communicable diseases of interest to the Maryland Emerging Infections Program (EIP), primarily those related to FluSurv-NET, a component of EIP that focuses on influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Responsibilities will include conducting active, population-based surveillance for laboratory-confirmed influenza and RSV hospitalizations; developing and implementing influenza and/or RSV-related special studies (e.g. evaluating vaccine effectiveness to prevent hospitalizations); analyzing surveillance data; assisting with MDH influenza and/or RSV response activities; writing scientific and programmatic reports; communicating program information to federal, state and local stakeholders; and other duties as assigned. The individual in this position will routinely travel to hospitals throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Area and surrounding counties for the purpose of conducting on-site medical record reviews. EIP activities will be conducted in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to nine other EIP sites, and other federal, state, local and academic partners. These program activities complement the surveillance and outbreak investigation functions of the PHPA's Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB), whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce the incidence, and impact, of communicable diseases in Maryland.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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.

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. 

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant should have (a) knowledge of public health surveillance methods; (b) knowledge of microbiologic and molecular laboratory methods; (c) knowledge of basic medical terminology; (d) excellent skills using data bases and analytic software; and (e) excellent oral and written skills for communicating with internal partners, external partners, and the public.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 Application.Help@maryland.gov

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

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

This position is in a covered bargaining unit.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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.