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Job Title: Environmental Health Epidemiologist
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 7/12/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA   
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Position Description: The Environmental Health Epidemiologist will oversee epidemiologic efforts surrounding lead poisoning and childhood asthma. The person filling this position will work closely with LHHP and other staff within PDPH. The Environmental Health Epidemiologist will work in conjunction with LHHP’s senior staff to conduct routine surveillance of lead poisoning, evaluate program activities, and support grant- funded initiatives and deadlines. This individual will be responsible for creating regular reports, tracking general trends and conducting ad hoc analyses. The ideal candidate is dependable, detail-oriented, creative, possesses strong quantitative skills, and has advanced computer skills with the potential for learning more electronic data management, data cleaning, and data manipulation using SAS.

Employee is responsible for:

•Managing surveillance and program data such as: (1) extracting and analyzing data from surveillance databases for use by program staff, (2) regular assessment and cleaning of surveillance databases to assure the completeness, timeliness and accuracy of entered data, (3) develop and implement methods for evaluating data flow within program areas, and (4) provide guidance for development/enhancement of data bases and applications.

• Analyzing lead poisoning surveillance data on a routine basis to detect changes in trends, geographical distribution, and/or risk factors.

• Continuing efforts to ensure rental properties are safe for children, which includes preparing data for landlord outreach.

• Coordinating with other health department programs to share and analyze data in support of lead poisoning prevention and asthma management efforts.

• Evaluating lead case management processes, developing recommendations for improvement, and communicate findings with program staff.

• Evaluating program activities, such as the asthma program’s impact on healthcare utilization.

• Designing and performing data analysis on special analytic projects surrounding lead poisoning and childhood asthma.

• Participating in or overseeing other LHHP projects as assigned by the LHHP Director.

• Represent LHHP at regular Department- wide Epidemiology Council meetings.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will hold a Master’s of Public Health degree, preferably with a focus in epidemiology or biostatistics.

Candidates must have at least one year of work experience involving data management and/or data analysis. Experience using SAS software and data management software (MS Access, MS Excel). SQL experience a plus.

Individuals should have demonstrated interest in public health, epidemiology, or statistics.

Organization Description: This position resides in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) Lead and Healthy Homes Program (LHHP). LHHP has over forty years of experience alleviating conditions which cause childhood lead poisoning and educating social service and childcare providers, clinicians, families and children about the importance of preventing lead poisoning and performing lead screening. LHHP’s work also includes broader Healthy Homes education. With approximately 1 in 5 Philadelphia children suffering from asthma, LHHP is currently working to address childhood asthma through a standardized environmental intervention in high-risk children.

Closing Date: 10/12/2017
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Contact Name: Kali Karras,  Lead and Healthy Homes Program
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How to Apply: Please submit the following to Kali Karras via email: cover letter, resume/CV, and a sample of written work containing data analysis conducted by candidate (e.g. thesis or report).

Please title the email subject line as follows: "Application - Environmental Health Epidemiologist"

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