BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - Epidemiologist
Florida Department of Health in Broward County - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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This an advanced professional position in a county wide disease prevention program. The position requires collection of information regarding individual case reports as well as participation in outbreak investigations. More specifically the position would include the following: Conducting complex activities around surveillance of disease (in individuals and outbreaks) to include disease associated with food, water, and those suspected of being due to weapons of mass destruction biological agents. This process would include interviewing individuals and writing up these reports so they can be submitted to the electronic database. This may also entail questionnaire and interview design. Will also advise patients regarding their disease and how to prevent future occurrence (if the disease can recur). Initiate case investigations or reported diseases on the direction of surveillance and investigation supervisors during specified time intervals. This may include appropriate and targeted field investigations and notification of managers for appropriate action. The position involves looking at the data entered and writing reports. Also, provide oral and written presentations to both health department employees and the community thus providing education. Serve as Lead Food and Waterborne Epidemiologist in investigation and enhance program efforts in this area. This process would include interviewing individuals and writing up these reports so they can be submitted to the electronic database. This may also entail questionnaire and interview design. Will also advise patients regarding their disease and how to prevent future occurrence (if the disease can recur). Serve as lead ESSENCE user for the epidemiology section. Reviews and investigates all chief complaints in ESSENCE as they relate to communicable diseases. Serves lead Hospital Infection Control liaison. Responsible for training, assigning and reviewing work of other staff and trainees in regards to disease outbreak investigations and preparedness. Communication--Participate in teleconferences, EpiCom, and various meetings where regional and state information is shared. Will visit and consult with community health care providers giving information to the current reporting requirements for communicable disease. As a member of the Florida Department of Health and part of the epidemiology team, this position will be required to be available on weekends and holidays in support of disaster relief and in support of an epidemiologic investigation. May be called upon to be a team leader on an Epi Strike Team. Will be an information custodian for the communicable disease database as well as paper copies of reports submitted. Will be the key custodian to the epidemiology work area as well as individual’s workspace. Act as a preceptor to students rotating through epidemiology from the local colleges and universities. Perform other duties as required. The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.

Qualifications:
A Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from an accredited college or university One year prior research experience Two years of experience in disease outbreak investigations

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