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Harm Reduction Epidemiologist (FULL-TIME CONTRACTUAL)

Recruitment #23-003641-0001




MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau/Center for Harm Reduction Services/Division of Policy and Program Management, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)'s Infectious Disease and Health Services Bureau (IDPHSB) is dedicated to primary and secondary prevention of HIV transmission in Maryland. In partnership with impacted communities, the Bureau develops, funds and evaluates effective Adult Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infection, and HIV prevention and treatment programs. The Bureau also provides training, support and technical assistance, in order to develop the capacity of agencies and individuals to successfully deliver those interventions and services.

The Center for Harm Reduction Services (CHRS)’ strategic goal is to reduce substance-related morbidity and mortality by optimizing services for people who use drugs. This includes preventing the transmission of infectious diseases, such as HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), through the successful expansion of the Syringe Services Program (SSP), as well as through engaging people who use drugs in other harm reduction services. The Center’s vision includes a Maryland where people who use drugs have access to compassionate, quality care that is free from stigma and does not allow one's experience of past trauma, criminal legal involvement and/or racism to determine one's health outcome and/or quality of life. The Center's vision also includes services which are low-barrier, community-based, and comprehensive for people who use drugs. 

The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to manage all stages in the monitoring and evaluation of harm reduction programs, in collaboration with other Evaluation Division members. This position will analyze Statewide data and service provision to describe trends and evaluate changes in injection drug use-related morbidity and mortality, including infectious disease and overdose. Based on analyses of evaluation data, this position will recommend programmatic changes, in order to enhance the effectiveness of harm reduction programs across the State of Maryland. 

Additionally, this position will handle ad-hoc data requests and recurring data reports related to Division programs. This position will maintain current knowledge of the fields of harm reduction and substance use disorder treatment, including best practices and available resources.


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 education.


The desired candidate should have previous experience- and a continued interest- working on the overdose crisis. The desired candidate should also have experience working in, as well as knowledge of, the Harm Reduction field, including substance use. Finally, the desired candidate should have experience contributing to a mission-driven team.


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 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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