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Epidemiologist, Senior

Salary: $33.21-$40.54 hourly / $5,776-$7,051 monthly / Range: 6356

DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises the Epidemiology unit in the Public Health Department; plans, initiates, and conducts epidemiological investigations, field studies, and disease surveillance; serves as a technical expert to Public Health management and the community; makes recommendations regarding allocation of resources and program design based upon epidemiological evidence; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This classification is distinguished by its responsibility for administrative and supervisory tasks associated with the Epidemiology unit in the Public Health Department. It is further distinguished from the Epidemiologist/Biostatistician by its role in planning more complex and sophisticated surveillance and interventions to control and monitor communicable, chronic, and environmental disease hazards.


1. Plans, designs and conducts original epidemiologic studies; coordinates epidemiological research studies within the department and with other agencies; analyzes and interprets findings; makes recommendations to departmental management regarding impact of studies on current programs and evaluates impact current programs are having on community health indicators.
2. Serves as the departmental technical expert on communicable, chronic, and environmental disease hazards; provides consultation to independent and departmental investigators on epidemiologic research methodology, design, and results; leads an evaluation team consisting of staff from various departmental programs to respond to public and departmental requests for epidemiologic research and analysis.
3. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with health professionals in the community such as physicians, veterinarians, nurses, laboratory personnel, and representatives of other appropriate agencies in order to facilitate the reporting of communicable diseases and other reportable events; makes technical and informational presentations to professionals and the public.
4. Develops and writes project proposals for state, federal, and private funding; participates in the review of applications for financial assistance related to conducting epidemiological studies; prepares reports, and technical and scientific papers for publication; prepares information for publication in an annual Health Status Report.
5. Supervises and directs the efforts of professional, technical, and clerical staff engaged in the collection, monitoring, and analysis of epidemiological data; evaluates the performance of staff assigned to the Epidemiology unit; hires and trains new staff.


1. Possession of a Ph.D. in Epidemiology or Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology; or,
2. possession of a master's degree in Epidemiology or Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology and two years of epidemiologic research experience; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: detailed analytic and descriptive epidemiology; various approaches to epidemiological research; current methods and techniques of diseases control and prevention; theory, practice, and application of epidemiologic methodologies, including design and evaluation of epidemiologic research; scientific and technical report writing techniques and methods; etiology and natural history of infectious and chronic diseases, including vector control, host defenses, and resistance; disease patterns and stages of health and prevention; computer applications used to generate, organize, and display statistical charts, graphs, geographical, and other research data; current developments in epidemiology and general medicine.

Ability to: plan, implement, and coordinate various research studies; work independently; conduct and direct epidemiologic investigations; describe the distribution and magnitude of health and disease problems in human populations; identify risk factors for diseases; establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and community organizations; prepare and write a variety of documents, such as project proposals, and technical and scientific papers; effectively communicate highly complex information to people with varying levels of technical knowledge; learn the principles and practices of supervision; collect and analyze complex statistical data; draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; make public presentations to various community organizations, boards, commissions and legislative bodies.

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