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Recruitment #20-003641-0002




MDH, Office of Population Health Improvement, 201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Epidemiologist I (Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Epidemiologist supports the activities of the Public Health Service's Office of Population Health Improvement (OPHI) through the intermediate level of work providing statistical analysis of the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) database. Analyses primarily serves to better understand Maryland's substance use, addiction, and overdose trends, and to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of State and local initiatives. This position has flexible responsibilities to support public health surveillance and prevention programs both within OPHI, across Public Health Services, and facilitates data interchange between State agencies; uses software to identify trends; develops surveillance reports that visually displays and analyzes geographic and other surveillance data; provides scientific advice and technical assistance to stakeholders and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation expertise; and analyzes data to help develop and evaluate public health programs and their impact. This position provide data collation and analysis services in support of the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) program, including integration of data, behavioral health treatment and recovery service utilization, and Emergency Medical System response to suspected opioid overdose into reports provided to Local Overdose Fatality Review Teams (LOFRT). The OFR Epidemiologist also develops and conducts studies to better understand overdose risk and protective factors identified by LOFRTs through case review and test generalizability of LOFRT findings and recommendations.


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 transcript must be attached to the application.

Experience:  None.


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 education.


The desired candidate should possess the following:

  • knowledge of public health practices and epidemiological research methods data collection procedures, and study design;
  • knowledge of epidemiological study procedures and their application in monitoring public health;
  • knowledge of communicable, chronic or environmental diseases and their causes;
  • knowledge of statistical analysis methods and their application; knowledge of viral diseases and the testing measures used to investigate these diseases; ability to analyze and evaluate survey and statistical data;
  • ability to plan, develop and conduct epidemiological surveys and studies;
  • ability to identify and use appropriate epidemiological study procedures and relevant statistical evaluation methods;
  • ability to prepare reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • ability to establish and maintain records and files;
  • ability to learn to use various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related units;
  • ability to oversee the work of lower-level professional and paraprofessional staff administrators, laboratory personnel and others;
  • ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, physicians and other health care 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. 

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

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information 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.

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.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.