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State of Massachusetts Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to hire two Epidemiologists to work within the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS). Our applicants will be part of a team investigating and responding to healthcare associated infections in congregate care settings. They will conduct epidemiologic surveillance and investigations into communicable diseases in these settings in order to identify risk factors to limit and prevent such morbidity; serve as an educational resource for professional and public groups regarding laws and regulations; develop policies and activities dealing with communicable disease control; and help to formulate disease prevention policies with intra-departmental working groups.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Working as part of a team, ensures accuracy and completeness of healthcare-associated infections data reported through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

  • Prepares and disseminates healthcare-associated infection data reports to collaborators as well as dialysis, long-term care, long-term acute care and acute care facilities.

  • Participates in infection control and response assessments (ICAR) at facilities to ensure that proper infection prevention and control measures are in place for all infectious diseases.

  • Conducts epidemiological surveillance and investigations of reportable healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in order to identify risk factors and provide appropriate infection control recommendations to limit and prevent such morbidity.

  • Maintains in depth knowledge on reportable healthcare-associated and antimicrobial resistant infections by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.

  • Reviews medical records, performs data extraction at healthcare facilities on certain hospital-acquired infections.

  • Analyzes and generates reports related to antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

  • Prepares and delivers educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of the epidemiology and control of healthcare-associated infections.

  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/7 days per week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology, general immunology, biology and disease processes.

  • Demonstrated familiarity of epidemiologic research methods and techniques.

  • Proven knowledge of the methods of statistical and scientific report writing including the ability to prepare and use charts and diagrams.

  • Ability to utilize computers and applications such as statistical, word processing, and spreadsheet software.

  • Ability to manage databases, construct data files, conduct and support data entry, and perform data edits/cleaning as needed.

  • Knowledge of infection and control principles and practices in preventing disease transmission.

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiologic and demographic data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with proficiency establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with others.

  • Capacity to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Keen understanding of issues pertaining to confidentiality when working with personally-identifiable health information.

  • Proficient use of graphics and statistical analysis data management software including SAS, Access, Word and Excel.

  • Skilled in eliciting sensitive and confidential information.

  • Able to work well independently.

  • Proficiency using statistical analysis software, such as Stata, SAS, or R as well as Microsoft Programs including Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

_About the Department of Public Health:_

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at:* *MA Department of Public Heal_th_

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visithttp://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least one (1) year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

II. A Master’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology,, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience.

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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Requisition ID: 200007JS

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