State of Arizona Epidemiologist in PHOENIX, Arizona


150 N. 18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Promoting_ Health and Wellness for all Arizonans”_is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ADHS promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults and sets the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. ADHS is one of the largest departments in Arizona State Government with a budget of $1.5 billion dollars and a workforce of approximately 1600 employees.


Office of Infectious Disease Services

Open until filled


This position serves as a journey-level epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases and injuries. Works as a team or project member, under the direction of a senior epidemiologist or epidemiology program manager, conducting epidemiologic functions comprising surveillance, data collection, data analysis using epidemiologic methods, and assistance with epidemiologic investigations. Participates in after-hours activities including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak and emergency response as needed. Participates in the establishment of guidelines and policies.

May provide administrative leadership and technical guidance to lower-level professional, technical, and administrative support staff, as assigned. Employee will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

Responsibilities include:

– Conducting epidemiologic investigations used in the prevention and control of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions and in the planning of health programs.

– Identifying, analyzing, and reporting public health issues and problems.

– Participating in planning of epidemiologic investigations.

– Designing, manipulating, and using databases for analysis of health problems to assess the potential public health impact.

– Performing statistical analyses related to complex analytical investigations involving highly specialized scientific data. In addition to using known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic investigation data, adapting or combining a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs.

– Providing scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners as well as conducting oral presentations to diverse audiences.

– Providing consultative services on large and difficult program or projects.

– Conducting literature reviews for program planning, for preparation of publications, and forevaluation.

– Designing and preparing reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews.

– Participating in writing grants and other funding proposals.

– Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Requirements include:

− Masters of public health with a focus on epidemiology OR a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and at least one year of professional experience in public health epidemiology

− Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology; research methods, procedures and techniques used in identifying and evaluating disease characteristics; contemporary medical methods and practices used in the control of a variety of diseases; principles and practices applicable to the surveillance and investigation of diseases; public health surveillance, computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, literature search, effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

− Knowledge of privacy laws to protect confidentiality, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and applicable state and local privacy laws

− Agency procedures for handling Freedom of Information Act requests

− Ethical principles in preparing and submitting publications and epidemiologic principles and methods to make recommendations regarding the validity of epidemiologic data

− Implement and maintaining disease surveillance programs

− Skills and abilities to use critical thinking to determine whether a public health problem exists

− Articulate the need for further investigation or other public health action on the basis of results of literature review and assessment of current data

− Collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify the problem and form recommendations

− Investigate acute and chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the population

− Manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources

− Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings

– Performance management (PM) model and continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods in a public health setting

Preferred Qualifications:

– Ideal candidate will have experience using statistical software, working with the different levels of US health care system and public health system, and working with electronic public health surveillance databases

– Preference will be given to candidates with prior Public Health experience


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

− Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans

− Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans

− Accrued vacation pay and sick days

− 10 paid holidays per year

− Deferred compensation plan

− Credit union membership

− Wellness plans

Employment Requirements

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

− Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

− All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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Having trouble applying for this position?

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Post Date: 10/17/2016


Grade: 21

Location: PHOENIX

Salary: 0.00-55,000.00