Environmental Preparedness Epidemiologist
Florida Department of Health through Management Consulting State Term Contract - Tallahassee, FL

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The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is seeking a full-time Environmental Preparedness Epidemiologist to work in the Chemical Disease Surveillance Program (CDSP). The CDSP is located in the Environmental Epidemiology Surveillance and Response Section of the FDOH and is responsible for the early detection and notification of chemical-related illness or poisoning. The program provides education and consultation to county health departments and other stakeholders on chemical disease surveillance and response. Position specific responsibilities include:
•Monitoring the syndromic surveillance system, ESSENCE, for chemical and radiological disease clusters.
•Working with county health departments and other stakeholders during investigations of disease clusters or outbreaks related to chemical exposures.
•Working with stakeholders to develop and maintain standardized surveillance and response protocols.
•Emergency preparedness activities, such as training county health departments and other stakeholders on the role of epidemiology in response to a chemical or radiological incident, development of an epidemiology chemical and radiological incident response toolkit for distribution to county health departments, participation in chemical and radiological response exercises and other related emergency response activities statewide, program evaluation activities to improve processes and outcomes as they relate to epidemiology and emergency response.
•Writing surveillance reports, manuscripts, and fact sheets.
•Representation of the program on committees and with stakeholder groups in and outside the state at meetings and conferences. Presentation of surveillance findings and other lessons learned.
Qualifications:
The successful candidate will
•Have knowledge and skills in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
•Possess basic skills in statistical packages such as SPSS and/or SAS.
•Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in emergency preparedness planning, disease surveillance used in public health settings, and techniques used in the investigation of disease and outbreaks.
•Have knowledge of environmental contaminants and toxins underlying biological mechanisms that produce disease.
•Have the ability to organize, schedule, and direct planning activities.
•Have the ability to prepare and present technical reports and summaries of surveillance data.
•Demonstrate strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills to enable collaboration with various staff members and partners.
•Have the ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments. Educational background: MS or MPH in the field of public health, epidemiology, environmental health or biostatistics with at least two years of public health experience. A Bachelors Degree with advanced training in epidemiology may be substituted for a Master’s level.
Organization Description:
Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, State Health Office in Tallahassee, FL through a vendor on State Term Contract.