University of Nebraska Medical Center

Enteric/Epi Health Surveillance Specialist

Deadline: 12/31/18

NE DHHS is seeking an Enteric/Epi Health Surveillance Specialist. It’s an entry level public health job that is great for gaining experience. It is within the foodborne surveillance team and deals with state and national foodborne outbreaks, coordinating with all of the local public health departments, and analyzing data that is collected. 


Examples of Work

  • Conduct conference calls with LHD staff on a monthly basis.
  • Provide training for NEDSS use for newly hired LHD surveillance coordinators.
  • Update guidance documents and investigation protocols for conditions reportable by rules and regulations and distribute to LHD surveillance staff.
  • Maintain resource library for LHD and DHHS epidemiology staff in NEDSS.
  • Enter lab reports of reportable diseases sent to DHHS via fax or mail into NEDSS.
  • Coordinate investigative activities with LHDs striving to maximize timeliness of follow-up with case-patients.
  • Perform data quality checks and case recordings for foodborne databases to meet deliverables for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant.
  • Report all Nebraska foodborne outbreaks to the National Outbreak Response System.
  • Perform other duties as assigned related to public health surveillance and investigative activities.



REQUIREMENTS: A general qualification guideline would be a Bachelors Degree in Public Health, Statistics, or Health Education and several years of experience in data analysis, statistics, and interpretation of epidemiological data in the relevant disease/health subject area.

PREFERRED: Masters of Public Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Administration, or related field. Training in conducting interviews for public health purposes. Experience in data analysis, statistics, and interpretation of epidemiological data.

OTHER: Valid driver’s license or the ability to provide independent authorized transportation.


Knowledge of: epidemiological practices and procedures for the collection, analysis, evaluation, and validation of health/disease data sets; descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and statistical theory; public health principles and health care delivery systems; trends in risk factors, health/disease related conditions and interventions for foodborne and other health/diseases. Ability to: make presentations, use problem-solving techniques, communicate effectively, evaluate the impact of health/disease initiatives, analyze and interpret epidemiological data sets, use the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) and Microsoft Excel (Office).
View the job description and apply online here.