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Senior Epidemiologist


  • Cherokee Federal
  • 06/14/22
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • 20910
  • Full-Time
SUMMARY

The Senior Epidemiologist to work with a team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, senior and junior analysts in supporting the Chief of Epidemiology and Analysis and Chief of Satellite Support in accomplishing the divisions mission to be the central epidemiological resource and a global health surveillance proponent for the U.S. Armed Forces. They will help provide timely, relevant, actionable, and comprehensive health surveillance information in order to promote, maintain, and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Provides consultative support on epidemiology, biostatistics, or on a wide variety of health surveillance questions on military-related populations to personnel within AFHSD, preventive medicine and public health professionals, key military leaders, policy leaders, and researchers throughout the DoD.
Consultation in epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health shall include (but not limited to):
Determination of feasibility of all requests and taskings received by AFHSD in using the health and personnel data stored in DMSS and serum in the DoDSR.
Formulation of sound epidemiological studies (i.e., hypothesis generation, study concept and design, data retrieval from AFHSD and other DoD databases, analytic techniques, and reporting).
Informed opinions on infectious disease, primary care, preventive medicine, occupational medicine, and other health topics that are pertinent in health surveillance analysis and reporting.
Preparation of ad hoc briefings, white papers, summaries, reports, and presentations on health surveillance.
Informed opinions on health surveillance and public health from Congressional inquiries or requests from medial or the public.
Collaboration with Government and contract personnel within AFHSD or from other DoD/Federal agencies in planning and designing sound epidemiological studies to submit for publication in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals after informing E&A.
Work with or provide consultation to other staff (contract or government) within AFHSD, U.S. Armed Forces, and other DoD agents to standardized medical case definitions, methodology, analysis, and reporting which are important in health surveillance.
Plans and design long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes, leading to policy changes or behavior modifications as indicated by the study results.
Uses expertise in SAS and SQL to review and ensure quality control of coding and analysis of personnel and health data for military-related epidemiological studies (ad hoc or recurrent) received by E&A.
Ensures data quality of reports, analyses, and products produced and distributed by E&A are of highest quality and accuracy.
Ensures timely completion of analysis, summaries, and reports produced by E&A.
Maintains proficiency in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health and remain current on public health issues.
Provides professional mentoring to medical and graduate students, physicians-in- training, and other health professional within DoD.
Writes and edit medical and scientific papers in support of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.
Supports of DoD working groups (as assigned by E&A) within or external to AFHSD that are involved in development of DoD-wide health surveillance.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, or related health discipline and 5 or more years professional experience in public health, applied epidemiology, or infectious disease.
Must be an expert in SAS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Working knowledge of DoD health-related databases to perform longitudinal analyses.
Working knowledge of epidemiology training and experience, including expertise in understanding and reviewing SAS and SQL code.
Working knowledge in epidemiology, preventive medicine and public health and stays current on public health events.
Working knowledge in planning, designing, analyzing, and reporting on long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes in military-related populations.
Ability to perform quality assurance checks on programming codes utilized in E&A.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint).
Ability to use technical skills to conduct analyses, write reports, prepare briefings, and coherently present results.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and able to collaborate with others on projects and investigations.
Excellent medical and scientific paper writing and editing skills.
Excellent command of English language and can coherently present analytical results.
Ability to obtain a DoD security clearance, current DoD security clearance preferred.
Must be able to pass a drug screen and background investigation.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed primarily in a climate-controlled office environment.

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