REQUIREMENTS: Masters degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or other health care related field. Additional training and experience in the application of epidemiological principles and practices is required, including surveillance, investigative techniques, implementation and control measures and evaluation measures, and system design and implementation.
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Epidemiology, Public Health, Biological Science, or related science field and one year of professional experience in public health related programs; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Biostatistics, Biological Science, or related field preferred.
IF BSN, currently licensed as RN in Nebraska or current compact state license is required.
Preferred: Completion of relevant emergency management courses such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study Series and appropriate NIMS and ICS courses. Successful completion of ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 within one month of employment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Design, develop, implement, integrate, and administer complex state wide epidemiological surveillance systems such as bioterrorism, emerging infections, CODES, and the Health Alert Network.
Design, develop, implement, and conduct epidemiological studies involving chronic or acute diseases, infections, or injuries.
Determine the objective, methodology, and protocol for epidemiological studies to be conducted. This would involve study leadership, researching the need for a study and determining study aspects such as identification and linkage of multiple data bases, case definitions, inclusion criteria, statistical analysis tools, stratification identification, beta testing, and development of data collection process. Conducted studies involve complex data sets involving large number of fields, multiple medical conditions, questionable data, data set linkage, and utilization of sophisticated statistical analytical software packages.
Coordinate with physicians, public health departments, medical centers, clinics, emergency responders, state agencies, and State Patrol in the epidemiological surveillance system integration and utilization. Conduct analytical studies to determine the effectiveness of surveillance systems to respond to bioterrorism or other outbreaks, prepare strategic plans to address system gaps, educate health care providers/medical centers/ laboratories and others on system utilization, and coordinate with data owners on data system improvement.
Knowledge of: Epidemiological principles and practices related to the surveillance, investigative techniques, proper prevention and control techniques for diseases and infections, medical knowledge of data to be collected ana analyzed, statistical tools, epidemiological study methodologies and protocols, Nebraska regulations and policies involving reportable diseases and infections, and state wide surveillance system structures and operations..
Ability to: independently design, develop, implement, integrate, and conduct epidemiological systems, models, and studies, conduct analytical studies of system capabilities, influence participation of medical practitioners and other health players, analyze complex health data, prepare studies and reports, explain and defend complex medical studies and recommendations
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