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Epidemiologist - COVID (Health Services) (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: July 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST

Department: Health Services
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: Salary Commensurate with Experience and Education -
Status: Grant-Funded
Details: Requisition #21-78477
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Position Summary

As a member of an interdisciplinary team works under the direction of the Deputy Division Director - COVID or Deputy Administrator to conduct public health surveillance and epidemiological investigations, mitigate disease spread, implement control and prevention measures to reduce or eliminate COVID in Shelby County.


Pay Grade:  55


Minimum Qualifications

100% -

1. Two (2) years of experience in a public health setting, healthcare or epidemiology; and

2. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology or public health, healthcare or related field; OR

3. An equivalent combination of related education and/or experience.


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Serves as an epidemiologist within the COVID department.

2. Conducts surveillance, investigations and reporting activities.

3. Monitors trends and community health status as related to COVID, including the identification of clusters or outbreaks.

4. Maintains the Shelby County Health Department’s National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) and Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) system to ensure accurate and complete data collection, management and analyses.

5. Serves as a resource for the training and coaching of staff in the use of NEDSS and REDCap.

6. Conducts daily syndromic surveillance (securely) using multiple systems and applications to include emergency room chief complaints data reporting, pharmaceutical data reporting, outpatient influenza like illness (ILI) reporting, COVID like illness and school absenteeism reporting.

7. Investigates reports of reportable diseases and reviews submitted cases for completeness and accuracy.

8. Links local investigations with state and federal cluster and outbreak investigations.

9. Recommends, monitors, and analyzes effective public health mitigation actions in case investigations and outbreaks.

10. Evaluates mitigation actions through exercises and preparedness activities. Prepares after-action reports following preparedness exercise and response operations.

11. Evaluates and improves public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems.

12. Conducts research using existing data sources to address identified needs or gaps in local public health systems specific to disease investigation and response.

13. Participates on planning teams to develop and implement regional emergency response plans for bioterrorism events and infectious disease outbreaks, including pandemic influenza preparedness and response plans.

14. Monitors performance metrics and implements quality improvement measures as indicated.

15. Performs other related duties as required or directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

KSAs -

1. Extensive knowledge of the principles of public health surveillance and the application of epidemiological methods to infectious diseases.

2. Knowledge of population level infection control practices.

3. Ability to train, coordinate, review, and evaluate the activities of disease surveillance and investigation.

4. Ability to manage and manipulate large datasets using statistical packages such as SAS, R, SPSS, EpiInfo, Microsoft Excel, and ArcGIS.

5. Advanced proficiency in statistical packages in SAS, R, and ArcGIS.

6. Ability to develop and maintain database systems such as REDCap for accurate capture and management of public health data.

7. Experience in working with public health surveillance systems and background in disease surveillance.

8. Ability to solve problems, internally motivated detail-oriented, and able to multi-task.

9. Ability to work independently and in a group to accomplish tasks with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

10. Considerable knowledge of the organization of and relationships among state, county and city governments in matters relating to emergency preparedness and disease surveillance and investigation activities.

11. Excellent skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.

Special Requirements

1. Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license or secure one by date of employment.

2. Must have daily access to an operable automobile and meet County's requirements of automobile insurance upon date of employment.

3. Must be available to be on-call.


This position is subject to a background check for any convictions that have a substantial relationship to potential job duties. Only convictions that are substantially related to potential job duties will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.