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EPIDEMIOLOGIST

The Epidemiologist is responsible for the study and evaluation of communicable diseases and environmental health problems. This position is governed by state and federal

Class Code:

L028C

Job Grade:

GS09

Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Designs and implements demographic, environmental, and epidemiological studies. Gathers and analyzes statistical data, known disease properties, medical assessments, laboratory findings, and other information to identify trends and methods of epidemic prevention or containment and writes technical reports of study findings. Monitors epidemic outbreaks and proposes methods of epidemic containment. Monitors and evaluates disease control programs in health care facilities, day care institutions, nursing homes, and other public facilities and recommends solutions for disease control problems. Develops and conducts training or educational programs to facilitate institution or facility compliance with various disease control regulations. Responds to inquiries from health care professionals and members of the public regarding environmental or communicable disease hazards. Prepares press releases, conducts press conferences, and makes public presentations on communicable or environmental disease hazards, epidemic outbreaks, and control programs. Studies and investigates chemical compounds exposed to the environment to determine their impact on human health, conducts health surveys, and issues health advisories which limit the consumption of food and restrict other types of activities. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the methods and techniques of scientific research and data collection and analysis. Knowledge of statistical methods and formulas. Knowledge of the impact of chemical contaminants on human life and the environment. Knowledge of 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. OR The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in biology, or a related field; plus two years 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.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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