Goverment Jobs
December 13, 2019
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Job Type



Work Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Overtime: As Needed
Travel: As Needed
Shift Work: No

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN TO CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EMPLOYEES. This is a management position and is not subject to thepromotion provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.

Position Purpose:
Make a difference in the lives of those susceptible to prescription drug abuse.

This position supervises Epidemiologists working with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This position will involve supervising lower level epidemiologists and oversee the PDMP program activities including data collection and analysis on PDMP data, including both fatal and non-fatal overdose data. Provide scientific and technical consultation and advice in the collection of PDMP and overdose data, related risk factor data, and analysis and interpretation of these data to lower level technical and professional epidemiological staff, public health professionals, and program managers in the Department; municipal, county and local health departments; other state agencies; public and private health organizations; the medical community; and the public on epidemiology and controlled substance use/misuse topics. An employee in this job supports the development of statewide plans, policies and procedures for epidemiology, controlled substance use/abuse, and related issues. Work may include managing the design and development of epidemiological database activities for the PDMP or other statewide public health programs as assigned. Work may also include coordinating statewide programs for public health education and other assigned public health services relating to controlled substance use/misuse. An employee is this job supervises Epidemiologists and Epidemiology Research Associates and works with considerable independence under the direction of an Epidemiologist Manager or higher-level administrator.


Supervises Epidemiologists and Epidemiology Research Associates in the Bureau of Epidemiology working with PDMP data and both fatal and non-fatal overdose data.

In collaboration with subordinates and other team members, analyzes data using data manipulation and analytic software like SAS/SPSS/Python/R to generate reports to meet the general program requirements.

Supervises the design and conduct of epidemiological research studies in response to trends in controlled substance prescribing practices, controlled substance misuse, and drug overdose.

Present, publish, and report epidemiologic findings and professional experiences via professional journals, national and regional conferences, and other means as appropriate, to disseminate information and advance scientific knowledge. Participate in workgroups, conference calls, conferences, etc. to build awareness of Pennsylvania environmental/occupational epidemiology programs and contribute to the public health infrastructure.

Reviews epidemiological reports and the interpretation of the findings.

Design and conduct population level assessments on exposure and health effects and analyze data using data manipulation and analytic software like SAS/SPSS/Python/R to generate reports and/or public education materials to meet the general program requirements

Advises public and private health professionals on issues of epidemiologic investigation and prevention/intervention.

In collaboration with subordinates and other team members, prepare grant applications by presenting statistical data, position descriptions, budget information, project description narratives, work plans, and accomplishments per funding opportunity announcement.

Performs administrative functions for the PDMP and overdose surveillance programs, and other epidemiology or public health programs as assigned.

Provides input into the development of statewide plans, policies and procedures for the collection and analysis of PDMP and overdose data, as well as related risk factor data.

Provide consultation to the Department, other state agencies, municipal, county and local health departments, public and private health organizations, the medical community, and the public on the epidemiology of controlled substance use/misuse topics.

Participate in the performance of subordinates' work as needed, consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

Develop and present information on controlled substance use/misuse via webinars, written publications, and presentations. Address and respond to enquiries from elected officials, public, schools, reporters, etc., on controlled substance prescribing and overdose related issues.

Produce and update epidemiological procedural manuals as assigned to ensure clarity and compliance with commonwealth, DOH and public health regulations, laws and procedures.

Supervise other epidemiologists as assigned by completing performance evaluations, approving/disapproving leave, effecting discipline, and making hiring decisions. Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities, including assigning, prioritizing, and reviewing work; conducting employee performance management; approving/disapproving leave and travel requests; participating in staffing activities; coordinating employee discipline; and training staff, including coaching and team building.

Work requires occasional statewide travel and irregular/flexible work hours including overnights, weekends and holidays in accordance with policy.

Other duties as assigned.

Competencies and tasks: From the CDC/CSTE Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies.
Assessment and Analysis Skills
- Identify public health issues pertinent to the population
- Conduct surveillance activities
- Investigate acute and chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the population
- Apply principles of good ethical/legal practice as they relate to study design and data collection, dissemination, and use
- Manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources
- Analyze data from an epidemiologic investigation or study
- Summarize results of the analysis and draw conclusions
- Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings
- Evaluate programs
Basic Public Health Sciences Skills
- Use current knowledge of causes of disease to guide epidemiologic practice
- Use laboratory resources to support epidemiologic activities
- Apply principles of informatics, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in support of epidemiologic practice
Communication Skills
- Prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to professional audiences, policy makers, and the general public
- Demonstrate the basic principles of risk communication
- Incorporate interpersonal skills in communication with agency personnel, colleagues, and the public
- Use effective communication strategies
Community Dimensions of Practice
- Provide epidemiologic input into epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning processes at the state, local, or tribal level
- Participate in development of community partnerships to support epidemiologic investigations
Cultural Competency
- Describe population by race; ethnicity; culture; societal, educational, and professional backgrounds; age; gender; religion; disability; and sexual orientation
- Establish relationships with groups of special concern (e.g., disadvantaged or minority groups, groups subject to health disparities, historically underrepresented groups)
- Design surveillance systems to include groups subject to health disparities or other potentially underrepresented groups (using standard categories where available)
- Conduct investigations using languages and approaches tailored to the population
- Use standard population categories or subcategories when performing data analysis
- Use knowledge of specific sociocultural factors in the population to interpret findings
- Recommend public health actions that would be relevant to the affected community
Financial and Operational Planning and Management Skills
- Conduct epidemiological activities within the financial and operational plan of the agency
- Assist in developing a fiscally sound budget that will support the activities defined in the operational plan and is consistent with the financial rules of the agency
- Implement operational and financial plans
- Assist in preparation of proposals for extramural funding
- Use management skills
- Use skills that foster collaborations, strong partnerships, and team building to accomplish epidemiology program objectives
Leadership and Systems Thinking
- Support the epidemiologic perspective in the agency strategic planning process
- Promote the organization's vision in all programs and activities
- Use performance measures to evaluate and improve epidemiology program effectiveness
- Promote ethical conduct in epidemiologic practice
- Promote workforce development
- Prepare for emergency response
Policy Development

Health Emergency Response ? This position may be given an assignment to support the public health emergency response mission of the Department of Health. Emergency assignments could at times be received with little or no advance notice and may continue for any period of time ? ranging from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the nature of the circumstance. The emergency assignments may at times be performed under adverse conditions and may require travel to another site other than the employee's assigned headquarters for a period of time.

Decision Making:
Leadership role in organization: Position is permanently assigned direct supervision which includes completing performance evaluations, approving/disapproving leave, effecting discipline, and making hiring decisions for direct reports. Decision making in work processes: Standards-based. Decision making is made based on standards defined by my supervisor or the proper professional/technical discipline. And Exploratory. Decision making occurs following careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis. Employee is responsible to find information to develop solutions or approaches. Employee is responsible for informing supervisor when a request is outside of the PHI or DOH guidelines or outside of the purview of the Bureau of Epidemiology.
Supervisor's input to decision making: Professional. Supervisor reviews on-going work products after completion or if there is a problem or exception. Employee has authority to change internal procedures or approaches as needed within the accepted professional approach. Communication authority: Position advises outside its work unit.

Essential Functions:
1.Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor and internal/external customers
2.Ability to use analytical thinking, critical thinking and complex problem solving
3.Documenting of procedures
4.Communicates complex public health data effectively with a variety of audiences, both orally
and written
5.Evaluates and improves surveillance systems
6.Manipulates and analyzes complex data sets using statistical and epidemiological software
7.Assesses issues and recommends actions
8.Writes reports and grant materials
9.Travels including overnight as needed
10.Conducts other epidemiological duties as requested


Recruitment Method(s):
Applicants must met one (or more) of the following method(s) to be consideredfor this vacancy:

  • Promotion

Eligibility - All Candidates
1. Meet the minimum experience and training required for the job:

One year as an Epidemiologist (Commonwealth of PA job title); OR Possession of either a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in epidemiology, Doctoral degree in Medicine (MD), Osteopathy (DO), Dental Surgery/Medicine (DDS/DDM/DMD), OR Veterinary Medicine (DVM); AND three years of professional experience
investigating disease outbreaks, designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, or designing and maintaining a disease surveillance system; OR Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in a biological science such as biology, genetics, nursing or virology; AND either a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or Master of Science (MS) degree in epidemiology; AND three years of professional experience investigating disease outbreaks, designing and conducting epidemiologic studies, or designing and maintaining a disease surveillance system.

2. Be a resident of Pennsylvania.
3. Be eligible for selection in accordance with Merit System Employment Regulations and Act 71.

Eligibility - Competitive Promotion Without Examination Only


1. Hold or have held regular civil service status in one of the following classifications:

  • Epidemiologist

Selection Criteria
2. Minimum experience and training required for the job.
3. Meritorious service; defined as (a) the absence of any discipline above the level of written reprimand during the 12 months preceding the closing date of the posting, and (b) the last due overall regular or probationary performance evaluation was higher than unsatisfactory or fails to meet standards.
4.Seniority, defined as a minimum of one year(s) in the next lower class(es) by the posting closing date.

Applicant Information:
Interested, qualified applicants MUST submit all requestedmaterials as specified in the "How to Apply Section". Failure to comply with the application requirements will eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Additional information on how to apply may be obtained by calling: (717)787-8031

How To Apply - All Candidates:

Interested qualified applicants MUST submit ALL requested materials through


All applicants should apply by clicking the green "APPLY" button at the top right of this posting.

The following materials MUST be submitted with the completed online application no later than the closing date of this posting:

  • Most Recent Employee Performance Review (Promotion Applicants)
  • Voluntary Demotion Letter (Demotion Applicants)
  • Resume (Optional)


Health & Wellness
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Work/Life Balance
We understand that there is more to life than work ? and we want you to enjoy it!
We offer paid vacation days, paid sick days, military leave, as well as paid time off for most major U.S. holidays. Alternate work schedules and telecommuting arrangements are available for certain positions.

Career Development
We want to help you grow and see your goals become a reality! Supervisors and human resource staff are available to help employees create a plan to develop skills for their current jobs or prepare for the next step in their careers. Employees can easily transfer between positions or agencies to expand knowledge and pursue new challenges while retaining leave and benefits. Additionally, there are a variety of programs available to help get you where you need to be.

Other Rewards
Commonwealth employees enjoy many other rewards, including opportunities for recognition, workplace charitable giving, and even special employee-only discounts.

For more information about benefits, health and wellness, work-life balance, career development, and other rewards go to and click on the benefits box.

*Eligibility rules apply.

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