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Epidemiologist Biostatistician

Salary: $28.60-$34.91 hourly / $4,973-$6,071 monthly / Range: 6056

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, designs, and implements epidemiological research projects; analyzes and interprets statistical data to monitor and identify results of county-wide health studies, populations at risk, and community environmental factors causing disease; and performs related duties as required.


1. Interprets and analyzes statistical data for public health managers and advises them of implications of the data for public health policy; defines the type of data to gather for surveys; gathers and reviews current statistical literature; defines populations of interest to develop health studies for specific groups in the county, and develops statistical and technical summary reports based on surveys.
2. Implements epidemiological research projects; plans, coordinates, and directs collection, coding, and entry of data; develops and maintains computerized databases to monitor the current health status of target groups.
3. Evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of intervention or control strategies; and determines health status outcomes in order to ensure that established program standards are met.
4. Consults with personnel from within the department, other County departments, public and private community agencies, and health providers to coordinate surveillance of health data.


1. Possession of a master's degree in epidemiology or biostatistics from an accredited university; or
2. possession of a master's degree in public health with specialization in epidemiology or biostatistics from an accredited university; or
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and methods of biostatistics and demography; principles, theories, and procedures of epidemiology, including study design, statistical analysis, and causal inference; current research and trends in public health; appropriate computer processing methods used to generate, organize and display statistical and research data; and standard English grammar, spelling, and usage.

Ability to: apply mathematical formulas and make calculations; select and apply appropriate statistical methods for collecting and summarizing varied and complex field data; gather, organize, analyze, and report epidemiological and biostatistical data; evaluate possible intervention strategies; apply epidemiological and biostatistical design method theories and advanced statistical analysis; design, develop, and maintain manual and/or computerized databases; use computer software programs to perform statistical analysis; read and understand complex technical information in mathematical or diagrammatical form; speak and write clearly, concisely, and logically; and establish and maintain cooperative relationships with representatives from other departments, general public, and outside organizations.

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