University of Nebraska Medical Center

Behavioral Health Epidemiologist

As a Behavioral Health Epidemiologist, you will: • Manage databases and perform statistical analysis according to specifications which meet Federal, State and Division requirements • Coordinate, manage and facilitate the work of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Work group (SEOW) • Provide leadership for the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant in designing, establishing, and maintaining quality control of complex epidemiology surveillance systems • Collect, analyze, evaluate, validate, interpret, and present statewide epidemiological data collected for use by the SEOW, advisory councils, and community programs • Organize statistical results into formats which will help others understand the significance of findings and which offer system improvement recommendations • Prepare periodic reports, summaries, projections, presentations, etc. to meet ongoing program and system analysis needs • Devise and modify questionnaires, sampling procedures, and other manual and/or electronic formats used for gathering and tabulating data • Present to and interact with the Division of Behavioral Health system partners regarding data collection, statistical analysis, reporting and actions tied to continuous improvement efforts • Communicate and teach others from the insights and perspectives formed in order for our Division and system partners to make informed decisions regarding our system needs which include related program and policy changes

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Knowledge of: epidemiological principles and practices including surveillance, investigative techniques, implementation and control measures, evaluation measures, and system design and implementation; the principles and procedures of random sampling and probability; survey design and methodology; the methods and techniques of statistical analysis including understanding of meta-analysis and prevalence studies; resource material concerning statistical data collection methods; policies, rules, and procedures pertinent to the collection and analysis of statistical data; State and Federal laws, policies, and standards governing the programs/projects related to behavioral health; the kinds and sources of statistical data pertinent to prevention, epidemiological surveillance, and the behavioral health system; the demographic characteristic, such as economic, social, industrial, or occupational, of those affected or served within the behavioral health system; behavioral health or prevention programs; techniques of program analysis, including fidelity tools and processes for review; manual and automated methods and protocols for data collection, processing and analysis including use of personal computers, mainframe terminals, and packaged applications software; knowledge and proficiency in GIS mapping, SQL, SPSS and/or SAS in addition to Microsoft Office; knowledge and proficiency with multiple database formats. Ability to: lead project and staff management; set personal and work group priorities and project schedules; prioritize multiple projects to meet deadlines; effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences in person, by telephone and through email correspondence to exchange factual information and research analyses, findings, and conclusions; summarize program/project and administrative data into technical reports and presentations; apply survey and statistical methods and techniques for analysis and interpretation of data; design and analyze research, fidelity reviews, and statistical studies; implement statistical studies or evaluation surveys within organizational constraints and available resources; develop and assimilate new and creative concepts in the field of program analysis; construct tabular and illustrative materials such as tables and charts; calculate probabilities; use the capabilities and features of programmable calculators, computers and associated applications software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; schedule, direct, and review the work of other analytical and technical support employees; interpret and apply State and Federal laws and standards, and Department of Health and Human Services rules, policies, and procedures; understand, apply, and offer technical assistance to others on technical narrative material including manuals, handbooks, instructional data dictionaries and computer printouts.