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Maternal & Child Health Data System Specialist

Recruitment #22-004480-0001




MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Quality Initiatives, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) is to protect, promote and improve the health and well-being of all Marylanders and their families through the provision of public health leadership and community-based public health efforts, in partnership with Local Health Departments (LHDs), providers, community-based organizations, and public and private sector agencies, with special attention to at-risk and vulnerable populations. The Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (MCHB) works to improve health outcomes and eliminate disparities for Maryland mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and families.

This position will provide development and management of databases, as well as conduct epidemiological analysis, for the MCHB. This position will manage databases for Family Planning; Birth Defect Surveillance; Postpartum Infant Maternal referral form; School-Based Health Centers; sudden unexpected infant deaths; and, the Maternal Mortality Review Program. This position will also develop a centralized database for MCH performance measures for Title V annual applications and other reports, as well as develop a centralized care coordination electronic management system for PIMR and Care Coordination. Meanwhile, this position will also maintain the School-Based Health Center annual survey and data collection, along with Children Medical Centers and other essential databases.

In addition, this position will provide programming, technical assistance, training, and analysis regarding data systems to both local staff members and staff throughout the State of Maryland. This position will also provide surveillance and statistical data analysis, as well as develop and prepare operational reports, data summaries, and presentations. Furthermore, this position will be expected to recommend interventions and other strategies to improve data quality and optimize statistical efficiency.

Finally, this position will communicate data in a variety of formats, including reports, presentations, and other documents, for a variety of audiences. This position will support programs by conducting literature reviews, assisting in the preparation of reports from surveillance data analyses, and assisting with the creation of data collection tools.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, or another information technology-related field, including course work in Database Management Systems.

Experience: One year of experience designing, developing, implementing, maintaining, and controlling database management systems for computers.


1. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate, plus thirty credit hours from an accredited college or university in Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, or another information technology-related field, including course work in Database Management Systems, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate, and one additional year of experience designing, developing, testing, implementing, and maintaining applications systems and programs using generally accepted computer programming languages, or maintaining and modifying operating systems for computers, for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute possession of experience operating computer systems; scheduling, controlling input and output; maintaining a tape library to process data on computer systems; or, converting data from project specifications by developing program code using generally accepted computer programming languages, on a year-for-year basis, for high school education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Database Administration classifications or Database Administration specialty codes in the Information Technology field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.


The desired candidate should have experience using the SAS software, as well as experience developing and managing databases. He/she should also have professional programming experience, along with experience using other online software, including RedCap and Smartsheets.


Employees in this classification may be subject to call 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where the employee can be reached.


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.



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 which 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, at 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.

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