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Job Title: Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Epidemiologist
Job Number:
Organization: Florida Department of Health
Posted: 8/29/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Tallahassee,  FL   
Position Description: The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health is seeking a full- time surveillance epidemiologist with an emphasis on vaccine-preventable disease surveillance for the Surveillance Systems Section.

Position specific responsibilities include:

• Conducting statistical analysis of surveillance data in Merlin (reportable disease surveillance system), ESSENCE-FL (syndromic surveillance system), and Florida SHOTS (statewide immunization registry system) to define and monitor the prevalence and geographic distribution of VPD diseases.

• Working very closely with the immunizations surveillance epidemiologist to identify and propose data driven interventions to improve immunizations rates in Florida. • Review all cases and outbreaks of VPDs that are reported in Merlin (reportable disease surveillance system) for completeness and accuracy according to Merlin basic standards. • Validate content for VPDs as part of enrolling new laboratories in electronic laboratory reporting, including reviewing test messages to ensure all data are included and accurate according to the standards set forth by the Electronic Laboratory Reporting team.

• Performing quality assurance on VPD data in Merlin (reportable disease surveillance system) to identify missing or inconsistent data according to Merlin basic standards, and working with county health department to facilitate high quality data collection.

• Reviewing existing Guidance for Surveillance and Investigation chapters and case investigation questionnaires to ensure the guidance given by the investigation and surveillance of vaccine- preventable diseases is current and appropriate according to current scientific and medical practice followed and specified by DOH.

• Reviewing current interoperability functionality between Merlin (reportable disease surveillance system) and Florida SHOTS (statewide immunization registry) to assess what additional updates need to be made based on county, and state level needs. Ensure those updates are entered into the appropriate change management software as determined by DOH, prioritized for release, and tested prior to release.

• Completing progress reports for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant, complete projects as assigned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the ELC grant, and write the VPD section of the ELC grant application.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have: • Knowledge of data management and statistical analysis software such as SAS, R, SPSS, GIS, or Epi Info • Knowledge and skills in computer programs such as the Microsoft Publisher, Powerpoint, Excel, and Word • Experience with medical records, ICD- 9/10 codes, and reportable diseases in Florida • Ability to organize, schedule, and direct activities • Ability to prepare surveillance data • Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills to enable collaboration with various diverse staff members and public health partners • A successful candidate will have a high degree of organization, allowing them the time to accomplish regular duties as assigned but also the flexibility to respond quickly to data requests from leadership. For a capable and interested candidate, there is the possibility of more rigorous analytical work. As this position works with a wide range of partners, a successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills with scientific and non-scientific audiences. Strong data management skills (in SAS, R, or SQL) are preferred. Experience creating reports in a platform such as Microsoft Publisher is preferred.

Organization Description: This position is in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, State Health Office, Tallahassee, FL. The position is part of the Surveillance and Surveillance Systems Section of the Bureau of Epidemiology. The Bureau of Epidemiology leads the Department of Health's efforts to prevent infectious and chronic diseases through surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, training and information dissemination. We do a lot of good work, we are appreciated by the County Health Departments, we publish the best work we do, we attract grant funds, and we work well together.

Florida Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Closing Date: 10/12/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Dr. Heather Rubino,  Respiratory Surveillance Unit Manager
Contact Location: 4052 Bald cypress way
Bin A-12
Tallahassee   FL  32399
United States
Contact Location: 4052 Bald cypress way
  Bin A-12
  Tallahassee   FL  32399
  United States
Contact Phone: (850) 901-6940 
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How to Apply: Please email your resume/CV and a cover letter detailing specific interest in this position to

Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Additional Information: This is a grant funded position.

Web Site Delete Date: 11/12/2017