EPIDEMIOLOGIST

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $80,283.36 - $105,295.68 Annually USD

Job Description

EXAM NUMBER:
PH1759C
FIRST DAY OF FILING :
April 24, 2020

Beginning Friday, April 24, 2020, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time (PT)
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job Opportunity

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A RE-BULLETIN TO OPEN THE FILING PERIOD AND UP-DATE BULLETIN LANGUAGE.

DEFINITION:
Plans, designs, implements, evaluates, and manages health-related surveillance systems, original epidemiologic studies and field investigations; and provides consultation to departmental staff and external health partners on epidemiologic research methodology and design.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class typically report to a Supervising Epidemiologist, physician, or higher-level manager. Under general direction, positions are responsible for planning, designing, conducting and/or managing epidemiologic studies, field investigations, and complex surveillance systems. This responsibility includes assignments of a single large and complex project or multiple smaller projects; developing study protocols and methodologies, conducting advanced data analyses, responding to complex data requests, and preparing community reports and technical reports that involve interpretation of findings and policy recommendations. Epidemiologists may also provide technical and administrative supervision to Epidemiology Analysts and other lower-level professional and technical support staff.
Essential Job Functions
Plans, conducts, and evaluates epidemiological studies and investigations of disease outbreaks; including the development of study design and methodology, analysis of case and control data, and preparation of reports on the study or investigation findings.
Plans, manages, and evaluates data collection and surveillance systems to investigate and control acute, chronic, and other health related diseases.

Conducts complex data analyses on large and small datasets using methodological techniques and computer software appropriate for epidemiological analysis.

Conducts investigations of environmental health threats, including collecting and analyzing health and environmental data; prepares interpretation of findings and disseminates recommended prevention and control measures.

Supports program and policy planning activities of the department with reports and information and by serving as an epidemiological content specialist on program planning or evaluation team.

Analyzes health-related trends; assesses individual- and community-level risk factors in the population; interprets and reports findings that have public health implications and develops policy recommendations.

Responds to complex requests for data on health-related statistics and associated risk behaviors.

Prepares technical reports or participates as a co-author on publications in peer-review journals; presents research findings at professional meetings.

Participates in the preparation of grant applications to support enhanced surveillance and targeted epidemiologic research on a specific health-related problem.

Supervises and directs the work of Epidemiologist Analysts and other support staff investigating environmental health threats, participating in community health improvement initiatives, responding to data requests, and various other epidemiology related studies, investigations, and research.

Requirements

Meet the following experience and license requirements at the time of filing in order to move forward in the exam process.
OPTION I: A Master's degree* from an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology -AND- three (3) years of full-time experience assisting in the design, conduct, and evaluation of epidemiologic studies and field investigations.
-OR-
OPTION II: A Doctoral degree* from an accredited college or university with a specialization in epidemiology.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS
2 - Light - Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*In order to qualify, you MUST include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, official letter signed by the Director of the Registrar, or an evaluation report of a transcript with your application or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to hrexams@ph.lacounty.gov. Official diploma or official transcript, of official letter are defined as transcript or letter that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school Registrar Office. A printout of the transcript from the school's website is NOT considered official and will not be accepted which may result in your application being rejected. Note: Foreign studies must be evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation agency and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. An evaluation report of a transcript is defined as a report issued by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by the NACES or the AICE of the United States.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience working with modeling techniques to predict trends or assess the impact of public health efforts in chronic and infectious disease prevention and control (e.g.such as but not limited to discrete event modeling, agent-based modeling, and related data simulations).
  • Experience working with Epidemiologic research methodology (e.g. epidemiologic measures, study design, stratified analysis techniques).
  • Experience working with advanced statistics (e.g. Poisson, generalized linear, logistic, logic, negative binomial, hierarchical, and Bayesian regression).
  • Experience working with Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programming language (e.g. merging, concatenating and transposing large datasets, and using macros, arrays, SQL).
  • Experience working with large Public Datasets (e.g. US Census, NHANES and NHIS)
  • Experience working with the Institutional Review Boards (IRB), Records Act and Freedom of International Act.
  • Experience preparing Peer-reviewed manuscripts, health briefs, or health impact assessments.
  • Experience in leading public health program evaluations and investigations, such as outbreaks, clusters, and contact investigations, and conducting outreach initiatives among high risk populations.

Additional Information

Our Assessment Process:
This examination will consist of an Evaluation of Training and Experience based upon application, desirable qualifications and supplemental questionnaire weighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the experience requirements listed above and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be added to the hiring list (Eligible Register) for consideration of employment.

Passing this examination and being added to the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Notifications and final results for this examination will be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application and to your account inbox at My Career Page Website. It is important that candidates provide a valid e-mail address. Test scores cannot be given over the phone.

Please add hrexams@ph.lacounty.gov and info@governmentjob.com to your e-mail address book and list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail. See Supplemental Questionnaire for more information.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any

What to expect next:
  • We ask that you submit an application through the "Apply" link at the top of the opportunity posting using your own user ID and password (using a family member or friend's user ID may erase a candidate's original application record). Applications must be filed online only. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
  • Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those receiving a passing score the assessment will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
  • The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.


Fair Chance Employer: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction
history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual
assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s).

If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Have any questions about anything? Please contact us using the following information:

ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 914-8488
Teletype Phone: (213) 974-0911
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact E-mail: hrexams@ph.lacounty.gov


Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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