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Public Health Epidemiologist

POSITION TITLE: Public Health Epidemiologist

SALARY RANGE: $53,692.67 - $70,466.10 (35 hrs/weekly)

DEPARTMENT: Health and Community Wellness

REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be City of Newark Residents.

SEND COVER LETTER & RESUME TO: williamss@ci.newark.nj.us alsbrookk@ci.newark.nj.us

BACKGROUND:

In conjunction with the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response, the City of Newark is addressing COVID-19 with a comprehensive effort to test, trace, treat and support residents. The City is committed to contacting every person diagnosed with COVID-19 and anyone who might have been exposed to COVID-19, providing the testing and support needed to stop the spread and save lives.

To date, nearly 60,000 tests have been administered in the City of Newark across a range of sites operated by hospitals, third parties on behalf of the City of Newark or Newark Housing Authority and its partners. In addition, Newark has traced over 5,000 of its cases and has rolled out one of the most comprehensive, data-driven, non-invasive contact tracing programs in the country in collaboration with organizations like Partners in Health and the Rutgers Global Health Initiative (RGHI).

The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness is seeking an epidemiologist to support the City’s communicable disease surveillance program, including the COVID-19 response.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Under the direction of the Director, Health Officer or other supervisory official in a local health department, plans, organizes and implements an epidemiological public health program; provides consultation and advice to health care providers, infection control professionals and

others; may supervise staff involved in investigative activities; does other related work.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the epidemiological investigations and activities of the health department.
  • Obtains data for epidemiological investigations.
  • Prepares reports and maintains files of each case of a disease related to an outbreak investigation.
  • Obtains laboratory reports, copies of hospital charts and other medical records; conducts interviews with patients, family representatives, and medical personnel to obtain information for Epidemiological investigations.
  • Evaluates surveillance of routinely reported data to detect clusters of disease cases that may signify an outbreak or epidemic.
  • Conducts periodic surveillance of hospital emergency department admissions.
  • Determines the need to collect samples; arranges for the transportation of samples to the appropriate laboratory when required.
  • Participates in the planning, development, and evaluation of policies and programs related to epidemiology.
  • May develop, evaluate and monitor public health department emergency response and community preparedness plans.
  • Evaluates the communicable disease surveillance reporting system; develops revisions as required.
  • Confers with government officials, infection control professionals, industry representatives and the public to promote public health programs.
  • Provides assignments, training and instructions to assigned staff and supervises their work performance.
  • Attends conferences and meetings to keep current with new developments in the field of epidemiology.
  • Prepares reports of investigative activities containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Establishes and maintains records and files.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related units.

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master of Science with a major concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics, or a Master of Public Health with a major concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics.

EXPERIENCE:

Two (2) years of experience as an epidemiologist in a health- related field.