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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Chief Epidemiologist is responsible for the investigation and description of the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, and

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Plans, administers, and evaluates health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department staff, industry personnel, physicians, and others. Oversees public health programs including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement. Investigates diseases or parasites to determine cause and risk factors, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission. Plans and directs studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventative methods, and treatments for disease. Provides expertise in the design, management, and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection, and analysis. Conducts research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data, and presenting findings. Consults with and advises physicians, educators, researchers, government health officials and others regarding medical applications of sciences, such as physics, biology, and chemistry. Identifies and analyzes public health issues related to foodborne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys. May supervise professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of methods and techniques of scientific research, data collection, and analysis. Knowledge of statistical methods and formulas. Knowledge of epidemic identification and control. Knowledge of the impact of chemical contaminants on human life and the environment. Knowledge laws and regulations governing communicable diseases. Ability to design and implement environmental and epidemiological studies. Ability to perform specialized qualitative and quantitative analysis, conduct research, and collect data. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and present oral and written information. Ability to assess disease control problems and develop solutions.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field; plus four years of experience in communicable disease control, epidemiology, environmental science, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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