The Epidemiologist II works independently under the direction of the Assessment, Compliance, and Evaluation (ACE) Group Manager within the Immunization Unit. Plans, develops, initiates, and conducts advanced epidemiological studies and surveys to determine immunization rates and vaccine coverage levels. Performs specialized (epidemiology and) evaluation studies related to immunization program activities and vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD).
Serves as subject matter expert on vaccine recommendations. Maintains the vaccine schedule in the immunization registry. Presents to professional and lay audiences on a wide array of immunization topics.
Conducts Immunization Unit program reviews and assesses the effectiveness of Unit data collection activities. Identifies methods for increasing vaccination coverage and assists with design, implementation, and evaluation of coverage improvement activities.
Serves as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) coordinator. Assesses vaccine adverse event data and communicates vaccine safety information to health professionals and the general public. Essential Job Functions: Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
(30%) Evaluates programs by analyzing program data, program operations and outcomes, and funding allocation. Contributes to the design, implementation, and evaluation processes. Assists in coordinating needs assessment activities for Immunization Unit funded programs. Conducts quality assurance (QA) reviews of immunization program activities. Analyzes immunization agreements for which epidemiological, research and/or program evaluation components are required. Produces written reports, analyses, and presentations appropriate for the target audience.
(30%) Performs specialized epidemiological studies, analyses, and investigative work related to immunization program activities and VPDs. Plans, develops, initiates, and conducts advanced epidemiological studies and surveys to assess immunization coverage levels. Monitors and provides analysis and interpretation of data using standard and complex statistical measures and determines appropriate statistical methods for specific datasets (e.g. calculations of rates; generation of projections and estimates; logistic regression and other multivariate regression). Provides technical advice and guidance on epidemiological survey design and data analysis methods.
(30%) Serves as subject matter expert for vaccine recommendations. Contributes to immunization policy development, which includes analyzing and interpreting vaccine coverage and VPD data. Presents on vaccines, immunization recommendations, and coverage rates to lay and professional audiences. Responds by telephone or in writing to routine requests for data from private and public agencies, health professionals, media organization and the public for statistics concerning, immunization coverage levels, and other data issues. Maintains the vaccine schedule in the registry, including making and testing changes to the forecaster. Assists the IDCU during VPD outbreaks.
(5%) Act as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Coordinator. Assesses vaccine adverse event data and communicates vaccine safety information to health professionals and the general public.
(5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligation for disaster response and/or recovery of Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternative shift pattern assignment and/or location.