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  • Posting Date Aug 22, 2013
  • Closing Date Sep 05, 2013
  • Contact Name Linda
  • Salary N/A
  • Category Healthcare
  • Location Clearfield, Utah
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Years of Experience N/A
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    EPIDEMIOLOGIST

    Davis County Government Clearfield, UT | Posted Aug 22, 2013

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    Job Description

    JOB SUMMARY: Under the general guidance and direction of the Director of Family Health Services, performs administrative and technical duties in developing and implementing the Epidemiology Program for the Davis County Health Department. EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Any one position does not include all of the duties listed; nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class). Assists in developing appropriate policies, procedures, and guidelines for the control of communicable disease. Develops, assesses and maintains a communicable disease monitoring system for Davis County. Recommends and prepares appropriate response to television, radio and newspaper inquiries on epidemiological studies and disease outbreaks and control. Communicates and reviews appropriate response with Risk Communicator/Public Information Officer (PIO). Prepares reports and publications. Consults with outside agencies (i.e., USDA, Utah Department of Agriculture, Utah Department of Health, Utah Office of Education, Center for Disease Control (CDC), local school districts and city councils) on disease or situations with public health implications. Participates in efforts for Bioterrorism Preparedness. Coordinates and monitors epidemiological investigations. Acts as a consultant on epidemiological issues for all programs within the Department; serves as a statistical and epidemiology resource person for the Department. Participates in and performs follow-up on outbreaks involving commercial food products, county disease control activities and zoonosis control. Organizes and directs efforts to assess complaints and/or allegations of illnesses possibly associated with hazardous environmental or occupation exposures, adverse health conditions and chronic disease. Consults with the Environmental Health Division. Assists in the coordination of study teams and delegation of team responsibilities. Designs and implements tools for collecting data related to reoccurring complaints of environmental and personal health hazards (defining the problem, developing a questionnaire, administering the analytical tools and the study research design). Analyzes and summarizes data obtained from epidemiological investigations and develop conclusions and recommendations for appropriate treatment, health care action or policy. Determines prevalence and incidence of disease and/or adverse health conditions. Designs and implements a passive/active communicable disease surveillance system. Determines when and if appropriate to initiate surveillance of new disease syndrome. Ensures all active and passive surveillance systems are maintained, complete and accurate. Submits all surveillance reports to the State Health Department and CDC as required. Conducts sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemiological studies and assists other researchers with STD data. Consults with physicians, hospital personnel, State Health Department and other local health departments on public health priorities, i.e. botulism, meningitis, and rabies. Provides education to health care workers, day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes regarding environmental hazards, communicable and chronic diseases. Serves as the Department???s consultant to group facilities to insure optimum health practices and to decrease communicable, chronic and environmentally related diseases. Assures STD program activities comply with County and State regulations, and administrative procedures. Evaluates STD program outcomes, review morbidity and mortality data, and plan projects to meet changing demands. Participates in program planning on Bureau and Division levels. Prepares grants, narratives and publications to obtain funding and inform the community of STD morbidity. Assists in the distribution of the epidemiological investigation workload and adjusting as necessary. Provides quality control of investigations by conducting audits of investigational tools, adhering to established protocols and evaluation guidelines. Communicates all pertinent information to Bureau Manager. Communicates epidemiological information obtained or developed by program staff to the Utah Department of Health as required by State statutes. Maintains files of information obtained or developed by staff to build a database on environmental and communicable disease control as a reference for future use. Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations. Performs other duties as assigned.

    Relocation costs may be covered.

    Requirements

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor???s degree in Epidemiology, Public or Environmental Health, Nursing, Infomatics, or a related degree, plus three (3) years of full-time public health experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, biostatistics, or a closely related field. An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered. A Master???s degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Preference given for Master???s degree in Public Health. SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Employees driving a personal vehicle while on county business must maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance as specified in the Utah Code. Must possess a valid Utah Driver???s License. Must pass a Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background investigation. Provide personal transportation for on-the-job travel.

    Additional Information

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Davis County is a drug-free workplace. All successful applicants for positions in the County must successfully pass a drug screen prior to employment. Photocopies of official college transcripts required with application. Proof of automobile insurance and a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) required with application; applicants with a Utah driver’s license can obtain an MVR through the State Driver’s License Division or through Personnel.

    TO APPLY: An official Davis County Employment Application is required and available in the Davis County Personnel Office, 61 South Main Street, #305, Farmington, Utah or at www.daviscountyutah.gov. Submit applications to the Davis County Personnel Office. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Address: Davis County Office of Personnel Management, 61 South Main Street, #305, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025. Mail applications to: P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025. If assistance is needed, call 801-451-3415. Equal Opportunity Employer

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