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OD2A Surveillance Coordinator

Recruitment #23-003642-0001




MDH/Office of the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position will conduct epidemiological studies by identifying causative agents related to substance use, including opioid morbidity and mortality. This position will provide assistance with the design, collection, analysis, and dissemination of substance use/opioid morbidity and mortality data, in order to provide the State of Maryland with complete, accurate and timely substance use/opioid data to support Maryland’s overdose response. This position will also play an important role in the analysis of substance use and opioid data, in order to determine changes in trends and, based on these findings, propose practices or policies to inform the State’s goal of driving down overdose and improving substance-related morbidity and mortality.

As part of the Maryland Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Program, this position will serve to enhance data-driven decisions of substance use prevention activities by providing and analyzing data, as well as by preparing data reports. This position will also engage closely with internal and external partners, including data stewards, Local Health Departments (LHDs), and senior leadership of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Such engagement will take place in order to ensure high-quality, comprehensive, and timely data analysis, dissemination, and usage that supports Statewide overdose prevention strategies. 

Additionally, this position will identify and support efforts to coordinate data sets and reports to fulfill OD2A program goals. Such goals include enhancing data sharing, improving linkages to care, and data to action innovations.


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: Two years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and investigations for disease surveillance as an Epidemiologist, after receipt of the Master’s degree.

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 experience working on complex data analysis and visualizations, most notably based on epidemiological studies of overdose data. He/she should also have experience overseeing and/or coordinating overdose-related surveillance activities for a health program, agency, and/or organization. Finally, the desired candidate should have experience engaging and/or collaborating with internal and/or external health partners (i.e. Local Health Departments).


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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