Health Data Analyst (Hybrid) - Office of Health Affairs at West Virginia University in Charleston, West Virginia

Posted in Other 3 days ago.

Job Description:


West Virginia University Health Science Center is currently accepting applications for a Health Data Analyst (Hybrid) with the Office of Health Affairs. 

About the Opportunity

The Office of Health Affairs frequently engages in collaborative efforts with West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), other state agencies, hospital systems and nonprofits throughout West Virginia.  Ideal candidates will have work experience that aligns with the mission of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services, Bureau for Children and Families, Bureau for Behavioral Health, Bureau for Children and Families and the Bureau for Public Health.

The Health Data Analyst’s overarching responsibilities include conducting relevant policy and evaluation research, and participating in interdisciplinary research and evaluation teams. The successful Health Data Analyst will be data-driven with strong analytical skills and a proven record of finding insights in disparate data and effectively communicating that information to drive decision making.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
•    13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
•    24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
•    18 sick days per year
(for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
•    WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
•    401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
•    Wellness programs

What you’ll do:

  • Serves as an OHA representative and liaison to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for the planning and performance of projects, programs and activities involving health data analytics and program evaluation.

  • Facilitates communication and efficient collaboration between research partners at the Office of Health Affairs and the staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

  • Ensures that data analytic and research/evaluation activities are compliant with Office of Health Affairs and University-level policies for the responsible conduct of research as well as federal, and state policies.

  • Support OHA projects in communicating data and spatial analyses to many audiences 

  • Collaborate with OHA projects to execute both basic and complex data and mapping analyses.

  • Prepare static and interactive maps and dashboards for internal & external audiences.

  • Use mapping and statistical software (e.g., GIS, Python, SQL Server) to clean, manage, and analyze data.

  • Conduct trainings and workshops on GIS to build OHA analytic workforce capacity.

  • Provides consultation to faculty and government partners regarding preparation of research proposals, design and methodology, data analytics and interpretation of results.

  • Identifies opportunities for potential collaborations between the Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

  • Prepares reports as required by the University, the Health Sciences Center administration, and external agencies. Communicates results of analytic projects and program evaluations with relevant staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

  • Conducts or directs special projects as assigned. Acts in other matters and capacities as delegated by the Director Health Analytics for the Office of Health Affairs.



  • Master's level degree in health-related field.

  • Two (2) year's of experience:

    • Record of research and achievement in health outcomes and policy research (health services research, public health informatics, health policy, clinical outcomes) as evidenced by publications and a sustained research program.

    • Experience conducting research/evaluation within the academic and governmental sectors.

    • Good knowledge in Medicaid Claims data and adequate understanding of using eligibility, facility header, facility detail and professional files.

    • Experience in conducting in-house training

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in utilizing large health databases for research, program evaluation, and policy development.

  • Ability to project and maintain a positive and collaborative attitude.

  • Record of accomplishments in the area of health data analytics.

  • Strong ability to communicate goals, methods, and results of research initiatives with key stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of standard software packages such as SAS or R

  • Ability to manipulate data and automate geospatial processes using Python.

  • Experience with Python, SQL Server, R, PowerBI, Geocoding, Tableau, PowerBI, AirTable.

  • Good knowledge in handling mortality data

  • Experience working with Medicaid Claims data and adequate understanding of using eligibility, facility header, facility detail and professional files.

  • Training and facilitation skills

  • Strong understanding of Data Security and Compliance - particularly with HIPAA and PHI data access and storage

About WVU

  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel.

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