2802 Epidemiologist 1

Recruitment #PEX-2802-108181


San Francisco Department of Public Health
2802 Epidemiologist I 

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt (PEX). Exempt positions are considered "at will" and are excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and serve at the discretion of the department head. Current position has limited duration up to 25 months

The qualified applicant pool resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill exempt vacancies at various locations within DPH. Locations, hours, and duration may vary depending on the position.

The Department of Public Health’s Applied Research, Community Health Epidemiology, and Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch in the Population Health Division (PHD) is accepting applications for one full-time PEX position in class 2802 Epidemiologist I.

LOCATION: 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 

SCHEDULE/SHIFT: Generally Monday through Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, hours may vary; occasional evenings and weekends may be required.



Under direction, the 2802 Epidemiologist I conducts and evaluates responsible scientific work, uses epidemiologic or evaluation survey instruments and analyzes data sets to identify and describe patterns of health outcomes and their determinants. This position will develop, implement, and analyze epidemiological studies and surveillance related projects. Primary tasks include data management, developing databases, analyzing and summarizing data for scientific publications and grant applications. Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Uses SAS and Microsoft Access programs to process and update laboratory and case report data, performs data cleaning and quality assurance, performs data linkage, and data management with multiple databases; 
  • Enhances surveillance and supplemental data systems to meet objectives of surveillance program, including design of database components, developing data collection instruments, and implementing protocols;
  • Develops and conducts evaluation projects in accordance with program guidelines, and provides recommendations to improve program functionality, performance, and data quality;
  • Develops electronic databases and computer programs using SAS for complex and specialized data analyses using various univariate and multivariable analysis strategies and methodology;
  • Publishes and disseminates study findings, including preparation of statistical summaries and manuscripts for submission to scientific peer-reviewed journals;
  • Analyzes, summarizes, interprets, and presents surveillance and program data for a wide audience;
  • Designs and coordinates epidemiologic and/or evaluation studies; assists in developing procedures for epidemiological and/or evaluation research; conducts epidemiologic and/or evaluation analyses; prepares technical reports based on epidemiologic and/or evaluation data;
  • Provides technical consultation and direction for health outcome investigations regarding data quality in epidemiologic and/or evaluation studies; conducts specific health outcome investigations; assesses the impact of interventions on the status of target populations; 
  • Coordinates local efforts with investigators and requirements from other agencies; provides technical advice to stakeholders on studies performed;
  • Develops, implements, and maintains health-related data systems; prepares, maintains and analyzes data using analytical software;
  • Responds to various data requests; and
  • Participates in writing grant proposals and progress reports. 

The 2802 Epidemiologist I also performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university; AND

Two (2) years of experience within the field of Epidemiology performing study design, evaluation or analysis.

Possession of a master’s degree in Epidemiology (or a related social, psychological, or biological science) may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. 

Note: 2,000 hours of experience = 1 year of experience. One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Strong SAS programming ability, including, troubleshooting programs and performing data analyses independently.
  • Experience working with survey data and survey software.
  • Work experience in HIV Epidemiology or Surveillance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong computer background and Microsoft Access and Excel skills.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies, and organizations that comprise the STD/HIV public health constituency.


    Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

    Verification of Education: If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements   

    Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco 




    How To Apply

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    • Follow instructions on the screen

    In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

    Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

    Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

    All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Jennifer Magnusson, by telephone at 415-554-2522, or by email at Jennifer.Magnusson@sfdph.org.

    Selection Procedures

    Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.The selection procedure will include evaluation of applications and the supplemental questionnaire in relation to minimum requirements. The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening

    Conviction History

    As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

    • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
    • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

    Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

    If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

    Disaster Service Workers

    All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


    Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all. 

    Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.

    Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.

    Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test. 

    General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor. In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

    Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. Right to Work:All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

    Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

    Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

    Issued:  April 1, 2021
    Carol Isen
    Human Resources Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Recruitment ID Number: 108181
    DPH/ JM / 415-554-2522/Pos # 1132028


    All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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