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State Epidemiologist

Posted 08/29/2023  |  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

State Title: Epidemiologist I

Class Code / Pay Band: EB42 / 06

Position Type: Full-Time / Temporary Grant

Position Number: TBD

Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., M-F

Job Description:
Position supports DAODAS efforts to understand the impact of substance use disorders (SUDs) in South Carolina, identifying areas at risk of increased disease prevalence, increased opioid overdoses, and infectious diseases related to drug use. Focuses efforts on systematically collecting, reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data and preparing and publishing reports and maps using accurate and complete data on substance misuse and SUDs in South Carolina. Develops, performs, and reports on vulnerability assessment findings and will work with all DAODAS divisions, as well as external stakeholders, to develop plans to address substance use. Evaluates and reports on the efficacy of such implemented plans.

Job Responsibilities:
• Performs geospatial analysis of available data from DAODAS, other state agency partners, and secondary data sources to identify gaps in access to services, "hot spots" for health outcomes, overlays of SUDs and other outcomes/socioeconomic characteristics, and future areas of focus.
• Conducts statistical analysis and interpretation of available data to assess needs and target populations for further examination based on a spectrum of characteristics.
• Evaluates current and future programs to identify bright spots and areas of improvement.
• Establishes evaluation deliverables for awarded grants and establish priority areas, narratives for grants applications, initiatives, and implementation.
• Produces and presents original research manuscripts and brief reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals based on current and past DAODAS data.
• Manages State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). Oversees SEOW budget for data and statistical projects.
• Produces State and County Epidemiological Profiles on Substance Use-Related Indicators in collaboration with other state agencies.
• Designs substance use studies, data surveillance, collection, and statistical analysis.
• Performs high-level epidemiologic consultation and technical assistance.
• Represents the agency on various data committees and substance use collaboratives.
• Maintains accurate and complete project files.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or a closely related field.
• Demonstrates a solid understanding of the state of the art of epidemiology and statistics.
• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of one or more standard epidemiologic computer software programs such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, or Epi Info.
• Demonstrates leadership qualities in identifying medical, statistical, surveillance, public health, and research needs; planning and conducting projects; and reporting results and findings.

Preferred Qualifications:
• An MPH degree in Epidemiology, a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree, or a PhD in Epidemiology (MPH-doctorate combination strongly preferred).

Salary: $50,000 - $55,000

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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