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Epidemiologist I

Company: County of Santa Clara
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Under close supervision, to conduct routine epidemiologic functions using basic epidemiologic and statistical methods; may assist with epidemiologic investigations for the prevention and control of specific communicable and chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions, and may assist in planning health programs and policies.

Typical Tasks

* Supports epidemiologic functions, including the collection, description, analysis, and reporting of basic health, demographic, and other data using simple epidemiologic methods;

* May support the development of surveillance systems, surveys, survey tools, and health needs assessments for the collection of surveillance data;

* Assists in the maintenance of epidemiology databases, and the organization and maintenance of surveillance plans;

* Conducts and writes literature reviews using academic databases on topics relevantepidemiologic studies within an assigned programmatic area;

* Collects and provides data used in the control, detection, and prevention of diseases and other health conditions, in the evaluation of health programs, and in grant preparation;

* Conducts descriptive analyses in the course of epidemiologic or other investigations using basic epidemiologic, statistical, and data visualization tools and software;

* Assists in the preparation of written and oral reports, posters, data visualizations, presentations, and other materials that communicate necessary information to professional audiences, policy makers, and the public using appropriate communication platforms;

* Under direction, collects and analyzes data that supports response to public inquiries and helps fulfill media-related and other stakeholders' data requests, as needed;

* Serves on appropriate committees and/or work groups and programs to plan and execute surveillance and epidemiology projects;

* Assists in conducting studies designed to identify segments of the population at greatest risk of acquiring specific diseases or other health conditions, and to identify risk factors associated with each;

* Utilizes culturally sensitive epidemiologic practices and methodologies;

* May assist in public health investigations of diseases and other conditions;

* May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;

* Performs other related duties, as required.

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Epidemiology, Public Health, Biostatistics, Health Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Social Science, or closely related field;


Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Epidemiology, Public Health, Biostatistics, Health Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Social Science, or closely related field


Two (2) years of work experience supporting research or surveillance studies, preferably within a public health safety entity, healthcare delivery setting, or internships/fellowships or assistant research positions in an academic setting.

A healthcare delivery setting is defined as a place that provides diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, or rehabilitation care services, to an individual and/or population.

Special Requirements:

* Ability to travel to alternate locations in the course of work. If driving, possession of a valid California driver's license prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.

Knowledge of:

* Basic principles and practices of epidemiology, including investigation, research, disease control, and prevention in the community;

* Basic principles and practices of biostatistics;

* Basic research methodology and preparation of scientific research reports;

* Theories, intervention techniques, policies, and principles of preventive health care;

* Health and social determinants of health indicators;

* Basic analytical and interpretative skills, statistical techniques, and evaluation principles;

* Database maintenance and analysis;

* Academic databases used in conducting literature reviews;

* Basic use of analytical, statistical, programming, geographic mapping, data visualization, or business intelligence software applications or tools used for epidemiology;

* Data warehousing process, open data technology, and informatics relative to the field of epidemiology;

* Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and policies governing data reporting requirements, and data element standardization and analysis;

* Standard office practices and procedures, and use of common computer applications and equipment.

Ability to:

* Apply basic epidemiologic concepts and methods across a range of public health content areas, such as infectious disease, chronic disease, maternal/child health, social determinants of health, environmental health, etc.;

* Support epidemiologic assessments, including data collection, analysis, and reporting, and present findings using multiple formats;

* Learn and apply research methodology in the collection of quantitative and qualitative data;

* Learn to use and apply statistical, mapping, and informatics software to compile data, create reports and maps, and perform related tasks;

* Learn to integrate data from various sources to create databases and report data;

* Learn to read, interpret, and conduct advanced data analysis from multiple data sources;

* Assess and understand stakeholders' needs, and develop the necessary deliverables to meet those needs;

* Organize projects and manage time effectively, applying considerable judgment and initiative;

* Analyze and solve problems logically;

* Learn to apply principles of good ethical/legal practice as they relate to study design and data collection and dissemination;

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments and agencies, and interact with the public in a courteous manner;

* Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to various audiences.

Keywords: County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara , Epidemiologist I, Other , Santa Clara, California

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