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State Medical Epidemiologist

Examples of Work

Prioritizes diseases that require epidemiological investigations, develops procedures and oversees the investigation of the endemic and epidemic diseases that impact public health. Plans and coordinates a disease surveillance program, incorporating both active and passive methodologies. Directs and/or assists with Bioterrorism Preparedness and outbreak investigations. Reviews current bio-statistical data and recommends to Chief Medical Officer/Director of Public Health and Program Managers health indicators to be used for collection of additional data in order to establish a central data bank for public health programs and acute/chronic disease. Consults and advises agency management about health and bioterrorism policy, legislation, planning, infrastructure, services and use or resources which impact on the evaluation, prevention, control and response to diseases and bioterrorism in Nebraska. Assists agency directors in preparing statutes, rules and regulations related to diseases/conditions that affect public health. Directs or collaborates in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of results of surveys to monitor diseases in specific populations. Develops methods to evaluate existing disease risk reduction programs to determine effectiveness and recommend initiatives to improve public health. Participates as a faculty member in conferences, represents Nebraska on national scientific committees and serves as a liaison to CDC.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of: the practice of epidemiology, prevention and control of acute and chronic disease, bioterrorism preparedness and response plans, statistical modeling techniques; demographic, social and economic characteristics of public health needs and problems; public health infrastructures, public relations and volunteer management; social and economic conditions or trends; techniques and practices of group dynamics; practices or policy and/or program research; group process for planning and decision making; principles of education and motivation. Ability to: communicate orally and in writing to express clear and concise ideas; organize data/information; set priorities, utilize interview techniques to investigate disease/bioterrorism outbreaks; plan, implement and evaluate public health programs; solve problems by determining the cause, available sources necessary to correct and implement corrective action and effectively interface with people of varied of backgrounds. JOB PREPARATION GUIDELINES: (Entry knowledge, abilities, and/or skills may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, the following coursework/training and/or experience.) Physician licensure in the State of Nebraska, graduate training in epidemiology and public health, experience in surveillance of acute and chronic diseases, epidemiological and bioterrorism investigation and outbreak control/response, teaching in public health desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: background, philosophy and objectives of federal and state public health/bioterrorism programs; federal and state laws and administrative regulations that govern the agency disease/bioterrorism prevention and control programs; organization structure and branches of Nebraska government; HHSS organizational structure, functions, rules, policies and standards; scope and impact of Epidemiological programs.

Ability to: develop and implement new or modified procedures based on analysis of existing procedures; apply independent judgement; balance needs of HHSS with existing State and Federal laws, rules, regulations; evaluate various solutions to agency-wide issues and problems; respond to crisis situations.

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