Public Health Job Opportunities

Disease Intervention Specialist

Performs phlebotomy, as needed, for testing. Collects and reports timely partner service and Ryan White Part B Program service information through client-level data systems. Conducts quality assurance of data, and participates in quality improvement projects for the delivery of partner services and the collection and management of data. Provides information, education, consultation, and problem-identification services to community-based organizations, community task forces, local public health, private medical providers, hospital infectious disease practitioners, blood banks, plasma centers, and public and private laboratories. Participates in the development and distribution of bureau resources for health care providers and local public health. Trains local public health on use of client-level data systems for disease reporting and case investigation. Develops and provides informational and educational programs, trainings, and conferences for and with public health partners both within a region and statewide. Monitors and evaluates regional disease prevention activities. Participates in local planning processes to develop educational initiatives for communicable diseases and outbreaks. Works jointly with local and state experts to develop processes that successfully manage disease transmission, public health emergencies, and outbreaks. Works with state officials in developing and improving current reportable disease and outbreak systems. Participates in assessments of ongoing infectious disease monitoring systems. In conjunction with the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology and other IDPH staff, performs epidemiological investigations. Performs an integral role in IDPH’s Disaster 

Preparedness plan by being on call 24 hours per day seven days a week, possessing expertise in disaster response, and coordinating responsibilities with other Departmental staff. Participates in field exercises for emergency preparedness planning and contributes to plan improvements. Other duties as assigned, including in an emergency or disaster. Must live in Pottawattamie County, IA, or a contiguous county (including Douglas County, NE).

Applicant must pass a background check prior to employment. 


535 Public Health
6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both related to improving, maintaining, and protecting the general condition of health within society, either on a personal, institutional, organizational, or community basis. Experience may be gained from direct provision of health care or from other ancillary programs and support mechanisms such as government public health departments. Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

1) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a human services field, a health-oriented field, nursing, or education, and experience equal to three years of full-time work in a human services field, a health-oriented field, nursing, or education.
2) Certification as a paramedic and experience equal to three years of full-time work as a paramedic.
3) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in public health, nursing, science, a human services field, a health-oriented field, or education, and two years of full-time work experience as described in number one.
4) A total of seven years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in number one or two), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university coursework in a human services field, a health-oriented field, nursing, or education equals one year of full-time experience.

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