This position is a mid-level professional epidemiologist, responsible for conducting investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of communicable diseases. The person in this position works both independently and as team member, providing case investigation and epidemiologic support for the Communicable Disease Services Program. This work includes chart review, individual case and outbreak investigation, including case interviews and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data and requires general — and in some cases specific — understanding of program processes and methods for prevention, intervention, and control of diseases of public health importance.
As the Communicable Disease Epidemiologist you will:
Support others in or lead (as appropriate) case and outbreak epidemiologic investigations and public health disease surveillance activities.
Participate in routine case and outbreak investigations, team duties such as communicable disease phone triage including provider and public calls, identifying sources of disease, informing disease control interventions, and championing changes in practices or policies to promote and protect public health.
Conduct epidemiologic studies and urgent outbreak investigations; and conduct analyses.
The Epidemiologist classification is distinguished from the general Research Analyst through its focus on field epidemiology, disease investigation, and disease surveillance.
Diversity & Inclusion: As a Health Department employee you will contribute to a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.
Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, science, or related field demonstrating the capacity for the required knowledge and skills; AND
Two (2) years’ experience performing epidemiological or statistical work in a public health and/or community-based health environment.
Masters in Public Health, Epidemiology or other relevant field
Ability to effectively screen and gather required information in a professional, culturally competent and customer service oriented manner
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities
*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.
Internal Number: R-1771
About Multnomah County Health Department
Multnomah County is the most populous of Oregon's 36 counties, with nearly 800,000 residents. The County accounts for about 20 percent of Oregon's entire population. The County seat is the city of Portland -- the second most populous city in the Pacific Northwest at 690,000 residents.
As one of Oregon's largest employers, Multnomah County is home to nearly 5,000 full time staff. The overall County budget for fiscal year 2018 is approximately $2 billion, which allows the County to provide critical services to those in the community with the highest need. The County's priorities include:
Supporting a healthy community from birth through adulthood
Protecting the County's most vulnerable populations
Promoting equity and eliminating disparities among all residents
Maintaining safe neighborhoods through prevention, intervention and enforcement
Advancing the County's long-term environmental and economic well being
About the Health Department
The Multnomah County Health Department aims to help all Multnomah County residents achieve healthy lives. The Health Department is the largest of all Multnomah County departments by budget and staff, with a $335 million budget and 1,40...0-person workforce. Its duties include:
Promoting public health: The Public Health Division prevents disease and promotes and protects the health of all residents. Its roles include preventing communicable disease, supporting environmental health, and helping promote community health through prevention and health improvement initiatives.
Providing high-quality clinical care: Integrated Clinical Services provides care to underserved members of the community through a large network of eight (primary care clinics, seven dental clinics, 10 student health centers, plus a central laboratory and seven pharmacies with a total annual budget of $120 million.
Supporting behavioral health: The Mental Health and Addiction Services Division promotes access to behavioral health services for the local community. Its 24/7 crisis line offers safety net services to 80,000 residents annually. The division also manages the mental health benefit of more than 113,000 Oregon Health Plan members.
Caring for those who are incarcerated: Corrections Health assures access to care for adults and youth who are incarcerated in the County's three detention facilities. Staff provide primary, behavioral health and dental care to more than 38,000 people annually.
Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.