Epidemiologist - Public Health Department Livingston County Howell

Title Epidemiologist - Public Health Department
Date 2020
Company Livingston County
City Howell

Short Description :

Meadows, 3 state recreation areas Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney, 1 state park Lakelands Trail, 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks Lutz and Fillmore, and numerous local parks, ,…

Full Description :

About Us:

We are located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest-growing counties in Michigan. consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, has an abundance of recreational opportunities. offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Health Officer, coordinates all epidemiological investigation activities related to analyzing and interpreting illness data including communicable diseases investigations, prevention, control and assessment activities, chronic diseases, child health, and substance use disorder trends. Assists with protocol development to be followed in the event of a public health emergency. Coordinates advanced analytical research, reviews vital records, statistics, and other related health data and prepares technical reports, proposals, articles and presentations to communicate epidemiologic studies on existing or anticipated health issues in .


  • Hybrid pension plan which includes a Defined Benefit & 401a with an employer match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Pharmacy, Dental & Vision
  • Optional HSA with an employer match
  • Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Short-term & Long-term disability & Basic Life & AD&D insurance
  • Health & Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick days & 13 Holidays. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Up to $500 annual Wellness reimbursement* & $100 incentive for completing your annual physical & Health Assessment.
  • Voluntary benefits such as Pet Insurance, Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital & Whole Life policies
  • Employee assistance program
  • Pro-rated based on DOH

Pay Rate Information:

The Epidemiologist position is a non-union,exempt position. Starting salary is $61,811/year. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our Non-Union Grade 10S Wage Scale. Top end of the current wage scale for this position is $80,354/year.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Performs analyses by using statistical techniques commonly employed in epidemiologic evaluation to interpret and analyze observed health conditions for a variety of stakeholders to support opioid and drug response, maternal and child health, communicable disease, environmental health, emergency public health preparedness and other public health program service areas.
  • Assembles, develops and maintains epidemiological databases for analysis of public health problems and conditions.
  • Develops geographic maps that display epidemiologic trends through GIS software.
  • Identifies, maintains and evaluates surveillance data needs, implements new, or revises existing surveillance systems, reports key findings for diseases, health behaviors, disparities, social determinants of health related to communicable disease, chronic disease, maternal and child health, environmental health, bioterrorism, substance use disorders, and other significant public health issues.
  • Expands current surveillance efforts to characterize morbidity and mortality in to determine risk factors to guide targeted prevention efforts.
  • Assists in providing epidemiological support and data consultation in planning, developing and writing grant applications for various program funding opportunities. Provides scientific advice and technical assistance for community health assessments, program evaluation, research, presentations, publications and other related requests.
  • Applies critical thinking to data analysis, research, policy development, quality improvement, performance management and community health planning.
  • Reviews, develops, and enhances monitoring and evaluation systems to track success of program implementation. Designs research and evaluation efforts to assess program impact.
  • Supports investigations of communicable and food borne disease outbreaks, chronic disease conditions, environmental health hazards, disease risk factors, or other adverse health outcomes.
  • Advises the Health Officer, Medical Director and Division Directors of disease updates, potential or active outbreaks, and potentially significant pattern development on an ongoing basis.
  • Supports the efforts to maintain State and National Accreditation.
  • Serves on various committees with representatives of community agencies to ensure the health needs of the community are being met. Keeps abreast of emerging knowledge in the field of epidemiology.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

  • Master's Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology or its equivalent and one year of progressively more responsible experience in the field of epidemiology.
  • The County, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports and formulating policy and service recommendations.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and making presentations in public forums.
  • Strong quantitative reasoning and data analysis skills
  • Familiarity using data as part of public health decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Ability to combine health information and data from various sources into a snapshot of a particular population's health and communicate to stakeholders.
  • Thorough understanding of health equity and social determinants of health.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in public health intervention planning and evaluations.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in public health emergency preparedness.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated decision-making ability, problem solving skills, and capacity for leadership.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with County employees, contractors to the County, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials and the public.
  • Ability to assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, SAS or SPSS analytical software, and software programs utilized by the Health Department.
  • Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. The employee must be mobile in an office setting, stand, sit, stoop and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 15 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

The typical work environment of this job is a business office setting where the noise level is quiet and sometimes moderate.

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