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STATUS:Temporary, Part Time
LOCATION:555 Towner
UNION AFFILIATION:Temporary Employee
Under general supervision, conducts epidemiological surveillance for all areas including, but not limited to communicable and chronic diseases, reproductive health, child health, and injuries (unintentional and intentional). Compiles, analyzes and interprets these data for the community and others in the department. Performs related work as assigned.
Essential Duties:

  • Collects, compiles, analyzes and evaluates data to assess the health status of the population and specific demographic groups.
  • Selects appropriate methods of statistical and quantitative analysis to identify demographic, geographic, cultural and other variables linked to the incidence of communicable and chronic diseases; to identify sources of exposure, disease transmission and risk factors; and to predict the probability of future occurrences of disease.
  • Develops epidemiological assessments and applies epidemiological principles to acute and chronic disease control activities including outbreak situations.
  • Maintains epidemiological databases for Health Department
  • Interacts directly with Epidemiology Program Manager in providing disease updates, and in obtaining specific direction in disease investigative, prevention and control activities.
  • Conducts disease control activities as needed with Environmental Health particularly in the area of food borne and zoonotic illnesses, or chronic diseases such as asthma.
  • Participates in the development of programs and strategies to prevent communicable and chronic diseases in the general public and among high-risk populations.
  • Prepares reports for Michigan Department of Community Health using local data and prepares reports from state data for local use. Insures timeliness of all related reporting to State.
  • Develops and prepares acute and chronic disease information including brochures and other educational guides for at-risk and general audiences. Contributes to publications as needed.
  • Promotes evidenced-based interventions and shares with practitioners and community stakeholders.
  • Relates to the Board of Commissioners, professional and community groups on population health, disease control and general epidemiological related matters.
  • Provides liaison and staff support to a variety of committees and community groups.
Important Duties:

  • Operates standard office equipment, including a computer terminal. May be required to drive a County vehicle or own vehicle to various work sites.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of epidemiology
  • Etiology of communicable and chronic diseases
  • Understanding of standard disease control practices and epidemiology.
  • Limited medical tests, diagnoses and microbiology.
  • Applied statistics and quantitative analysis.
  • Specialized computer applications related to the work.
  • Applicable State and Local standards, requirements and guidelines.
  • Basic administrative and case management principles.
Skill of:

  • Performing detailed and complex research using analytic techniques.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex regulations.
  • Training others in work procedures.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines and following up on work with minimal supervision.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective correspondence and other written materials.
  • Organizing and maintaining accurate files and records.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and community environments where staff are assigned, and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone. Duties may require handling of blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
  • Possession of a Masters of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology or its equivalent.
  • One (1) to two (2) years of experience working in a public health agency.
  • Experience in communicable disease and/or epidemiology preferred.
  • Additional experience in health care or health research desirable.
  • Six month break-in period.
  • Possession of valid Michigan vehicle operator's license. Availability of a vehicle.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2007-610-000000


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