University of Nebraska Medical Center

Epidemiology Investigator 3

The Ohio Department of Health is seeking an Epidemiology Investigator 3 in the Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health. The epidemiologist will work with the Tobacco program across adult, youth, and maternal populations. 

Job Duties:

Initiates, designs and conducts epidemiological projects, research and investigations pertaining to tobacco use prevention and cessation and associated health behaviors and health outcomes using some primary, but mostly secondary data collected as part of the Ohio Tobacco Surveillance System (e.g., routine analysis of data to monitor a standard set of defined tobacco related indicators including such measures as smoking rates for adults and tobacco use for youth, monitoring use and trend data that defines disparate burden of tobacco on Ohio subpopulations, comparison of Ohio tobacco use data to other state and national data on program and grant related performance measures), and/or coordinates epidemiological data base management and provides quality control for data management aspects of the Ohio Tobacco Surveillance System (OTSS) (e.g., prevalence of use, tobacco induced morbidity and mortality); serves as lead worker (i.e., provide work direction & training, assure adherence to standard operating procedures for data quality assurance and review, lead the production of routine tobacco publications, review work products) over lower-level tobacco epidemiology investigators and support staff; provides technical advice and guidance on data collection methods and data findings to other employees and outside agencies; reviews technical and confidential case reports for accuracy and correctness; monitors analysis of data to predict increases or decreases in morbidity and mortality and assists in evaluation of levels of success of prevention programs; collects and/or monitors collection of human biological and environmental specimens and processes and assures delivery to laboratory. Develops standard operating procedures for data quality assurance and review for the Ohio Tobacco Surveillance System.

Tabulates and analyzes epidemiological data associated with tobacco use prevention and cessation including rates of smoking and tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke, perceptions of and exposure to tobacco advertising, prevalence of tobacco policy adoption, cessation quit rates, and rates of tobacco related morbidities and mortalities, using standard and complex statistical measures (e.g., chi-square, confidence intervals, and regression analysis). Oversees the development of survey tools and state added questions for routinely conducted state surveys related to tobacco.


Operates personal computer to apply appropriate statistical analysis and methods using statistical computer software packages (e.g., SAS, Epi Info & SPSSX) designed and used for collection processing and reporting epidemiological data and statistics; conducts and coordinates electronic data transmissions from one computer to another; writes software applications; creates reports with computer software.


Serves as primary epidemiology representative on the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program (TUPCP) Evaluation Planning Team. Directs and/or participates in completion of scientific reports and presentations requiring tobacco related descriptive data or for purposes of planning program interventions/activities, or for the purpose of evaluating tobacco interventions/activities. Participates in evaluation activities related to contract and subgrantee performance. Assists in preparation of investigations and research for publication. Monitors progress of CDC’s key outcome indicators and other tobacco related indicators and routinely provides updates and information for presentations for a range of audiences.

Coordinates literature reviews on topics including, but not limited to, risk factors for tobacco use, theory-based interventions to reduce risk factors for tobacco use, behavioral factors related to tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke, and efficacy of interventions or treatments to reduce tobacco use; responds to information requests from internal and external stakeholders, physicians, hospitals and general public; answers questions from news media on specific projects or investigations; gives presentations at professional meetings.


Assists supervisor with administrative duties (e.g., makes recommendations regarding expenditures of funds & use of personnel for tobacco program; assists with development of intra-unit policies & methods). As assigned, serves as a member of a disaster recovery/business resumption team, incident response team, or similar public health response team which may include conduct of operations on a 24/7 basis at remote locations.

Position May Involve Some Travel.



 Completion of graduate core program in public health or preventive medicine; 3 courses or 9 mos. exp. in use of statistical computer software packages; 6 mos. exp. as epidemiology investigator with local or federal health agency; must be able to provide own transportation


-Or 6 mos. exp. as Epidemiology Investigator 2, 65762; must be able to provide own transportation.


-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above. Knowledge of biology; microbiology; physiology; human anatomy; chemistry; epidemiology; biostatistics; human relations; interviewing; agency policies & procedures pertaining to epidemiological investigations & control of infections & chronic diseases*; electronic data processing (i.e., statistical analysis systems & statistical package for social sciences);computer operations. Skill in use of phlebotomy equipment*; personal computer. Ability to select & use proper statistical & research methods in gathering, interpreting & developing data; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; write &/or edit articles for publication; prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences & general public; demonstrate dexterity to use hands skillfully. 

(*)Developed after employment.


Applications of those who meet the minimum qualifications will be further evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Graduate or advanced degree in public health or preventive medicine
  • Courses in epidemiology
  • Courses in statistics
  • Experience in planning and organizing studies/projects to investigate health issues
  • Experience collecting, interpreting and conducting statistical analysis of health
  • Experience in statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Stata)
  • Experience in database computer software packages (e.g., SQL, Tableau)

All eligible applications shall be reviewed considering the following criteria: qualifications, experience, education and active disciplinary record.


Official educational transcripts are required for all post-high school educational accomplishments, coursework or degrees claimed on the application. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript prior to receiving a formal offer of employment. Failure to provide transcripts within 5 working days of being requested will cause the applicant to be eliminated from further consideration.

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