Heluna Health and the Disease Investigations Section (DIS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of Epidemiologist to serve in both the a) Cross-Cutting Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Program and b) Legionella Prevention Program. Both programs are within DIS at CDPH.
The purpose of the Cross-Cutting Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity program is to improve coordination, support growth and implement prevention and intervention projects with multiple different public health programs. This position will lead a workforce evaluation project to assess the current epidemiologic and laboratory capacity of California state and local health jurisdictions. The Epidemiologist will then analyze evaluation results to identify needs, generate a report, and subsequently develop and propose solutions under the supervision of the Chief, Disease Investigations Section (DIS). As needed, this position will also support other Cross-Cutting projects including, but not limited to, enhanced surveillance projects, outbreak investigations and surge efforts.
The purpose of the Legionella Prevention Program is to improve surveillance, investigation, control, and prevention of legionellosis in California. This position will work closely with the DIS Legionella epidemiologist on control and prevention, follow up of legionellosis cases and outbreaks, coordinating environmental health investigations, development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and disease education.
The Epidemiologist will interact with numerous CDPH programs, local health departments (LHDs), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform essential functions.
Coordinate and interact with state and local public health departments, laboratories, Communicable Disease (CD) Controllers, and other health agencies.
Administer surveys to assess current epidemiologic and laboratory capacity, resources and workforce availability
Conduct data analysis to determine programmatic and jurisdictional resource and workforce needs and identify areas for improvement
Evaluate cases of legionellosis and follow-up as required with local health departments; review case data in the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE).
Conduct and coordinate legionellosis outbreak investigations.
Review and develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Legionellosis to help improve routine surveillance and outbreak investigation methods.
Work with multiple cross-cutting CDPH programs to develop guidance on legionellosis prevention and education to local health departments; this would encompass epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health.
Present at meetings and scientific conferences.
Participate in conference calls with CDC, California CD Controllers, Local Health Officers, CalREDIE, and other partners.
Perform other duties as directed by the DIS Chief.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with public health and healthcare professionals and internal partners.
Ability to administer surveys, perform data entry, data cleaning, and data quality assessment with attention to detail.
Knowledge and application of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and protection of health information.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to specific tasks, methodologies, and materials.
High level analytical and problem solving skills.
Completes assignments in a timely and efficient manner.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and work independently.
Demonstrate reliability and integrity.
Prior knowledge and experience in use of CalREDIE, preferred.
Fluency in spoken English is required.
Master’s degree in public health or related field, required.
Experience in survey administration, entering, and analyzing data.
Experience with clinical terminology and interpreting laboratory testing results.
Experience in coordinating complex projects.
Basic knowledge and use of statistical software such as Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) or R.
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of and skilled in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power Point
Handling / Fingering Frequently
Reach Outward Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
See (Vision) Constantly
Taste/ Smell Not Applicable
Constantly (5+ hrs/day)
Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)
Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)
Not Applicable Not required for essential functions
General Office Setting, Indoors, Temperature Controlled
It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.