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Epidemiologist, Population Health

Company: Cottage Health
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: October 17, 2020

Job Description:

Job Description:

The Epidemiologist of Population Health develops, coordinates, and executes cutting-edge, effective, and impactful epidemiology methods for a broad scope of population health strategies, programs, and initiatives. The Epidemiologist is responsible for developing community health analytics strategy to form a comprehensive data approach for identifying the impact of disease, environment, and social determinants. The position also contributes to Cottage Population Health research goals to inform the broader knowledge base around Population Health's focus areas. The Epidemiologist conducts analysis on Community Health Needs Assessment and program and initiative-specific data to support and guide a defined approach for improving the health outcomes of the intended populations. Epidemiological Investigations and Analysis Identifies and evaluates a wide range of health conditions within an assigned program area to recognize public health problems pertinent to the population and to determine feasibility and approach to epidemiologic investigation. Designs, manipulates, and uses databases for analysis of health problems to assess the potential public health impact. This includes database queries, tabulations, analysis, and related tasks through the development and modification of coding and/or databases. Conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses, including SAS program code as well as PC-based spreadsheet and other statistical software. Conducts multi-variable analyses and modeling for Cottage Population Health Community Health Needs Assessment and program and initiative-level data collected for evaluation, quality improvement, and research purposes. Epidemiological Applications and Communication Provides scientific advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation expertise. This requires the application of program and epidemiologic expertise to complex public health issues, with an understanding of the appropriate cultural/social/political framework, as well as the ethical/legal issues related to epidemiologic data collection, dissemination, and use. Consults on technical problems where solutions may not conform to established protocols and may require the modification of approaches or applications in a specialty area. Participates on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise. Presents summary reports and drafts manuscripts. Interacts with a wide range of internal and external customers to ensure appropriate communication of epidemiological issues and results to stakeholders. Population Health Research Collaborates with scientists in the survey or investigation design process, including conducting a search or review of existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments. Collaborates with Cottage Health Research Institute, physicians, and community partners to ensure smooth operation and coordination across multiple agencies, organizations, and medical clinics. Manages Institutional Review Board process and requirements. Seeks funding opportunities and contributes to grant proposal writing and development. Participates in relevant networks and other community committees and groups as needed. Finds and pursues opportunities to present and/or publish learnings. Supports Cottage Health's community benefit reporting requirements, including development of reports for state and federal requirements. Supports Population Health department with new intiatives, other data collection needs, and other research projects as needed. REQUIREMENTS LEVEL OF EDUCATION Minimum: Bachelors degree in epidemiology, data science, public health, behavioral health, social sciences, evaluation, or similar field. Masters degree or equivalent work experience. Preferred: Doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or DrPH) in epidemiology or have commensurate educational background. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Minimum: Familiarity with SAS version 9.4 or higher, demonstrated experience with large and complex datasets. Experience building queries and reports in Microsoft Access. Advanced user of Microsoft Excel and Tableau. Preferred: Familiarity with secondary data sources such as County Health Rankings, CDC Wonder, etc. Experience with EPIC, McKesson, SQL Server, Oracle, SPSS, Stata ARC-GIS, and/or comparable software. YEARS OF RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE Minimum: Two years of conducting and publishing population health or public health research. Two years in data analysis and modeling, may be concurrent with experience conducting and publishing research. Preferred: Five years of experience in research and/or data analysis. Experience with evaluation and data collection

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