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Job Title: Epidemiologist 2
Job Number:
Organization: Tennessee Department of Health
Posted: 4/24/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Nashville,  TN    USA
Compensation: $5,482/mo depending on education and experience
Position Description: The Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance Program within the Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness (CEDEP) division of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is accepting applications for an Epidemiologist 2 position.

The Epidemiologist 2 will be a member of Tennessee’s Emerging Infections Program Clostridium difficile surveillance team. The goals of this program are to (1) determine the burden of Clostridium difficile infection in Davidson County, (2) identify the proportion of infections associated with healthcare, (3) measure trends over time, (4) and identify which strains are causing disease. This position is currently funded from year to year through CDC cooperative agreements (grants). Some in-state and out of state (GA) travel is required.

Job duties will include: • Performing programmatic project management activities related to Clostridium difficile surveillance. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with hospital, clinical laboratory, and long- term care facility personnel. • Conducting monthly audits at area hospitals, laboratories, and long-term care facilities to ensure Emerging Infections Program pathogens are being reported to the Department of Health. • Conducting annual surveys of laboratory and long- term care facilities to understand their Clostridium difficile laboratory testing and treatment practices. • Performing medical chart reviews for hospitals, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. • Participating in data collection, entry, cleaning, and analysis for Clostridium difficile surveillance data. • Design, develop, and manage REDCap databases and utilize statistical software packages (e.g., Epi Info, SAS, R) to perform analyses. • Preparing and delivering presentations on Clostridium difficile and other HAIs to local, state, and national partners. • Participate in grant development, administration, and monitoring to ensure compliance with grant requirements (including assisting in writing appropriate progress report sections) as required (at least twice a year). • Assist with disease surveillance and surge capacity across the state during infectious disease outbreak investigations.

Qualifications: Education and Experience: The minimum qualifications for this level will be a doctorate degree in medicine (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO) or veterinarian medicine (DVM) and two years’ experience in epidemiology. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. -OR- Substitution of Education for Experience: A master’s degree in a health science, biomedical science or environmental science field or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH); or a doctorate degree in epidemiology. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. -OR- Substitution of Experience for Education: A doctorate degree in public health, biostatistics, statistics, health informatics, health sciences, biomedical sciences or environmental sciences, plus two years work experience in epidemiology; or a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, statistics or health informatics with four years’ work experience in epidemiology; or a master’s degree in a health science, biomedical science or environmental science field with six years’ work experience in epidemiology. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) or CDC/Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship can substitute for two years’ work experience.

Minimum education and experience for this Preferred Service Epidemiologist 2 position can be found at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee/default.cfm? action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=907857&viewOnly=yes

Desired Qualifications: • Communicable disease surveillance experience at a local or state public health department. • Experience writing statistical and analytical programming code in SAS. • Experience developing and managing REDCap databases. • Experience in reviewing medical records.

Organization Description: The position is located in the Tennessee Department of Health, Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness program in Nashville, Tennessee http://tn.gov/health/section/CEDEP. The HAI team at the TDH is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, data-driven team that works very closely with external partners such as the CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, Qsource, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, End Stage Renal Disease Network 8, the Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, and the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care.

Closing Date: 7/24/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Anna Smith,  Epidemiologist 2
Contact Location: 710 James Robertson Pkwy, 3rd Floor
3rd Floor
Nashville   TN  37243
Contact Location: 710 James Robertson Pkwy, 3rd Floor
  3rd Floor
  Nashville   TN  37243
 
Contact Phone: 615-741-7247 
Contact Fax: 615-741-3857
Contact Email: hai.health@tn.gov
Web Address:
How to Apply: These positions will be posted on the Department of Human Resources website beginning 4/26/17, and will close 5/2/17. Please email your cover letter and resume to HAI.Health@tn.gov with CDI Epi 2 in the subject line AND apply online at http://www.tn.gov/hr/topic/employment- opportunities between 4/26/17 and 5/2/17. Only applications submitted through the state website will be considered.

Additional Information: The Epidemiologist 2 is a full time preferred service position. Minimum salary is $5,482 monthly depending on education and experience, with a standard benefits package. No relocation assistance is available. The Epidemiologist 2 will have formal supervisory responsibilities.

The Tennessee Department of Health is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer. Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.

Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. A transcript evaluation is required for degrees earned outside of the United States.

Web Site Delete Date: 5/3/2017