Associate Epidemiology Specialist-Advanced

Harrisburg, PA

Posted: 08/21/2023 Job Number: 23-08858 Pay Rate ($): 50.0

Job Description

Associate Epidemiology Specialist-Advanced

Pay Rate: $50 / hour

Minimum Qualifications
MPH or related degree (social sciences, demography, biological sciences), Experience in an applied public health setting preferred but not required.

• Knowledge of public health practices and infectious diseases principles.
• Knowledge of methods for developing infection control policies and procedures using outbreak data.
• Ability to read and interpret written materials.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Ability to use public health data and to perform public health surveillance activities including reporting.

Role Description:
This position is under the direct supervision of a regional epidemiologist or a senior Epidemiologist. This candidate communicates and collaborates on a regular basis with the supervisor, and other members of the department and agency team members involved in the COVID-19 response.
The candidate reviews disease data of suspected and confirmed outbreaks and infection control breaches, interprets results and develops guidance and policy based on the data. The candidate provides technical assistance and feedback on infection control policies and procedures to facilities and other stakeholders related to quality assurance for COVID-19 prevention and control programs. The candidate prepares response letters with review findings and recommendations. The candidate may be asked to use published literature and data for interpreting results and develop guidance and policy. Travel for outbreak investigations is expected.
The candidate shall maintain expertise in public health surveillance, outbreak and containment response according to CSTE and CDC standards. The candidate assists in investigations of suspected or confirmed disease outbreaks and infection control breaches, assists with contact tracing for critical facilities, and coordinates investigation findings with members of the Bureau of Epidemiology who serve as subject matter experts in the Healthcare Associated Infection program, other program areas in the Bureau of Epidemiology, County/Municipal Health Department staff, BCHS, healthcare facility staff, and other organizational stakeholders. Consultation with the supervisor or others should be undertaken if needed; on the job training will occur in specialized areas such as Infection Control and Prevention, public health surveillance systems and outbreak response and reporting. Training specific to COVID-19 related outbreaks in select settings such as schools and daycare centers, prisons, long-term care facilities, and food production and distribution facilities will occur.
The candidate may assist with development, writing, tracking, and reporting grant activities and performance measures. Activities included in the grant may be assigned to the candidate. The candidate works with supervisors to develop, implement, manages and assesses projects and helps to coordinate activities across disciplines. These projects may be prevention-based or response-based.
The candidate uses data and informal input from networking opportunities, outbreak investigations, and published sources to identify the educational needs of stakeholders. The candidate may provide just-in-time education during outbreak investigations on-site or on the phone. The candidate develops and presents health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences and programs and may also develop written materials for public health guidance or education.

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