INFECTIOUS/CHRONIC DISEASES: In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks as a specialist investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.
TOXIC HAZARDS: In the Department of Public Health Toxic Hazards Program of the Preventable Diseases Division, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks as a specialist investigating and assessing the health risks of toxic hazards in the environment and preparing quantitative and qualitative risk assessments.
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS USE:
This class is considered to be the lead and/or advanced working level for the epidemiology series in all programs.
This class is distinguished from Epidemiologists 2 by having more supervisory and/or planning responsibility and taking charge of complex problems in disease investigations, data analysis and disease control. This class is distinguished from Epidemiologist 4 primarily by not having full accountability for directing a managerially designated state program or project.
Works under the limited supervision of an Epidemiologist 4 or other employee of higher grade.
May lead/supervise Epidemiologists 1, 2, student interns and other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
INFECTIOUS/CHRONIC DISEASES: Supervises and is responsible for routine epidemiologic investigations; assumes lead responsibility for carrying out complex or non-routine investigations; develops and implements strategies for containment and control measures among identified high risk groups; writes outbreak investigation and other technical and analytical reports; collaborates in writing standard protocols for disease investigation, intervention and control; develops questionnaires and other research instruments; analyzes surveillance and outbreak data for trends and risk factors; designs and implements workshops and training sessions and conducts in-service training; prepares news releases relative to disease problems; uses other statewide data banks to complement disease surveillance data; assists with preparation of budgets, grants and contracts; participates in development of program goals and objectives; represents department at functions for health promotion and disease prevention; speaks before professional and lay groups; participates in performance evaluations of assigned staff; carries out related duties including those of Epidemiologist 1 and 2 levels as assigned; may establish and maintain a working network with federal and state agencies, local health departments, hospitals and professional and lay groups to promote and facilitate disease surveillance, intervention and control; performs related duties as required.
TOXIC HAZARDS: In addition to the foregoing, in the Toxic Hazards Section or its Radon Program, designs and implements complex epidemiological research studies related to toxic and carcinogenic substances; assesses health risk of environmental exposures to toxic substances; prepares scientific risk assessment documents to support regulations; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; considerable knowledge of epidemiological methods; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable statistical skills including familiarity with mainframe and/or personal computer applications and interpretation of data; considerable ability to perform complex epidemiological investigations; considerable ability to carry out all aspects of data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data independently; some supervisory ability.
INFECTIOUS/CHRONIC DISEASES: Considerable knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes.
TOXIC HAZARDS: Considerable knowledge of occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or toxicology.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Eight (8) years' experience conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.
INFECTIOUS/CHRONIC DISEASES: Two (2) years' of the General Experience must have involved conducting the full range of tasks in epidemiologic investigations including interviewing and performing trend analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 2.
TOXIC HAZARDS: Two (2) years' of the General Experience must have involved the full range of tasks in designing and conducting epidemiologic occupational/environmental investigations including interviewing and performing trend analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 2.
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years' for a Bachelor's degree.
INFECTIOUS/CHRONIC DISEASES: A Master's degree in community medicine, public health or a related health science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
TOXIC HAZARDS: A Master's degree in Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Environmental Science, Health Physics, Industrial Hygiene, Physiology, Public Health or Toxicology may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
A Doctorate in a related discipline such as Medicine, Public Health or a behavioral or natural science may be substituted for one additional year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group HC 28 approved effective June 23, 1995. (Revised to reflect change in agency title).